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


Shannon Turley, PhD 
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


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 
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 
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


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


Victor Torres, PhD 
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


Claude Desplan, PhD 
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


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


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

May 18, 2022


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
Host:  Tomasz Nowakowski, PhD