BMS Seminar Series

The weekly Seminars in Biomedical Sciences attract renowned faculty from all over the world to present cutting-edge research related to human health and disease. The seminars are open to the entire community.


Supported in part by the Cancer Cell Map Initiative.

2021-22 Seminar Schedule

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.


Some (but not all) presentations may be available via livestream and recorded video. Links to the live stream and recorded video will be available in the sidebar at the start of each quarter.


September 29, 2021

“Identification and Therapeutic Targeting of a Pro-metastatic Gene”

Yibin Kang, PhD 
Princeton University
Host:  Hani Goodarzi, PhD
virtual seminar


October 6, 2021

“Establishment and Maintenance of Neuronal Polarity”

Kang Shen, PhD 
Stanford University
Host:  Xin Duan, PhD


October 13, 2021

“CAR T cells and Carbohydrates”

Avery Posey, PhD 
University of Pennsylvania
Host:  Justin Eyquiem, PhD


October 20, 2021

“Bacterial regulation of vitamin A transport in the intestine”

Lora Hooper, PhD 
UT Southwestern
Host:  Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD
virtual seminar


October 27, 2021

TBA

Shannon Turley, PhD 
Genentech
Host:  Ari Molofsky, PhD


November 3, 2021

“Molecular Mechanisms that affect Reproductive Outcomes”

Darrell Kotton, MD 
Boston University
Host:  Tien Peng, MD


November 10, 2021

“Transposable element activation in neurodegenerative tauopathy'

Bess Frost, PhD
UT San Antonio
Host:  Eric Huang, MD, PhD


November 17, 2021

TBA

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD 
Columbia University
Host: Todd McDevitt, PhD and Matt Kutys, PhD
virtual seminar


December 1, 2021

“Revisiting immune gateways to the brain”

Johnathan Kipnis, PhD 
Washington Univ
Host: Ari Molofsky, PhD


January 12, 2022

“Associative analysis in panels of inbred mice reveal novel sleep regulatory processes.”

Ketema Paul, PhD 
UCLA
Host: Louis Ptacek, PhD


January 19, 2022

“Biology of time: What drives sleep and other circadian rhythms”

Stephen Liberles, PhD 
Harvard University
Host: Julie Sneddon, PhD


January 26, 2022

“Host adaptations to microbial diversity”

Sara Wickstrom, PhD
University of Helsinki
Host:  Matt Kutys, PhD
Virtual Seminar at special time: 10:00-11:00am


February 2, 2022

“Intracellular Membrane Contact Sites, Lipid Dynamics and Neurodegeneration”

Pietro De Camilli, MD 
Yale
Host:  Rushika Perera, PhD
virtual seminar


February 16, 2022

“Epigenetic Drivers in Cancers with RB Loss”

Erik Herzog, PhD   
Washington University - St Louis
Host: Ying-Hui Fu, PhD


February 23, 2022

TBA

David Liu, PhD 
Harvard, Broad Institute
Host: Zev Gartner, PhD


March 16, 2022

“Seeing the Light for Retinal Gene Therapy: From Fantasy to Reality”

Daniel Mucida, PhD 
Rockefeller University
Host: Peter Turnbaugh, PhD


March 30, 2022

TBA

Victor Torres, PhD 
NYU
Host:  Seemay Chou, PhD


April 6, 2022

“Mechanisms of gastrulation: from zebrafish to human”

Graça Raposo, PhD
Institut Curie
Host: Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD
virtual seminar at special time: 10:00-11:00am


April 13, 2022

TBA

Claude Desplan, PhD 
NYU
Host:  Elphege Nora, PhD


April 20, 2022

“Genome Topology Controls The Timing Of Gene Activity During Development”

Mike Levine, PhD
Princeton University
Host: Licia Selleri, PhD


April 27, 2022

TBA

Ashani T. Weeraratna, PhD
John Hopkins
Host: Rushika Perera, PhD


May 4, 2022

“Transposable elements and epigenome evolution”

Ting Wang, PhD
Washington Univ - St. Louis
Host:  Yin Shen, PhD


May 11, 2022

TBA

Guillermo García-Cardeña, PhD 
Harvard
Hosts: Matt Kutys, PhD


May 18, 2022

TBA

Fiona Powrie, PhD
Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Oxford UK
Host: Jason Cyster, PhD
virtual seminar at special time: 10:00-11:00am


May 25, 2022

"Cell fate determination in the vertebrate retina"

Connie Cepko, PhD
Harvard
Host:  Tomasz Nowakowski, PhD