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.

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

The seminars will be held by one of the following:

Zoom only: Zoom streaming links will be sent out on weekly announcements to those on the BMS listservs. Please review our Zoom etiquette guidelines before joining the meeting. You will be able to ask questions of the presenters via Zoom. Please contact Demian Sainz if you are not already on one of our listservs.

In person: Speaker and audience at room N-225, Parnassus Campus.

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

2021-22 Seminar Schedule

September 29, 2021

“Functional Mechanism and Therapeutic Targeting of Metadherin in Metastatic Breast Cancer”

Yibin Kang, PhD 
Princeton University
Host:  Hani Goodarzi, PhD
zoom only

October 6, 2021

"Organismal and cellular proprioception: mechano-sensitive channels’ function in regulating cellular secretion and morphogenesis"

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

October 13, 2021

“CAR T cells and Carbohydrates”

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

October 20, 2021

“Bacterial regulation of vitamin A transport in the intestine”

Lora Hooper, PhD 
UT Southwestern
Host:  Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD
zoom only

October 27, 2021

Stromal-Immune Interactions in Health, Disease and Immunotherapy

Shannon Turley, PhD 
Host:  Ari Molofsky, PhD
zoom only (not recorded)

November 3, 2021

“Pluripotent stem cells to model and treat lung disease”

Darrell Kotton, MD 
Boston University
Host:  Tien Peng, MD
In person at Room N-225

November 10, 2021

“Transposable element activation in neurodegenerative tauopathy'

Bess Frost, PhD
UT San Antonio
Host:  Eric Huang, MD, PhD
In person at Room N-225

November 17, 2021

Engineering human tissues for medical impact

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD 
Columbia University
Host: Todd McDevitt, PhD and Matt Kutys, PhD
zoom only

December 1, 2021

“Revisiting immune gateways to the brain”

Jonathan Kipnis, PhD 
Washington Univ
Host: Ari Molofsky, PhD
In person at Room N-225

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


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

January 26, 2022

“Nuclear mechanotransduction: regulation of cell fate and integrity”

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

February 2, 2022

“Intracellular Membrane Contact Sites, Lipid Dynamics and Neurodegeneration”

Pietro De Camilli, MD 
Host:  Rushika Perera, PhD
zoom only

February 16, 2022

“Networked clocks in the brain and body: Circadian control of physiology and behavior”

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 3, 2022


Katrina Claw, PhD
University of Colorado
Hosts: Kathy Giacomini, PhD and Dianne Laboy-Cintron

March 9, 2022

Frontiers in Therapeutic Development

Levi Garraway, MD, PhD
Host: Aimee Kao, MD, PhD
In person at Room N-225

March 16, 2022


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

March 30, 2022


Victor Torres, PhD 
Host:  Seemay Chou, PhD

April 6, 2022


Graça Raposo, PhD
Institut Curie
Host: Aparna Lakkaraju, PhD
Seminar at special time: 10:00-11:00am
Zoom only

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