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.

2020-21 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.


BMS Seminars will be conducted via Zoom meeting until further notice. Please review our Zoom etiquette guidelines before joining the meeting. You will be able to ask questions of the presenters via Zoom.

The Zoom link and meeting password will be sent out to those on the BMS listservs the day of every journal club. Please contact Demian Sainz if you are not already on one of our listservs.

September 30, 2020

The INO80 chromatin remodeling complex in pluripotent stem cells

Guang Hu, PhD
NIEHS - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Host: Diana Laird, PhD

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October 7, 2020

Stem Cell Interactions with the Niche - Following Clonal Dynamics with Cellular Barcoding

Leonard Zon, MD
Host: Julie Sneddon, PhD

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October 14, 2020

3D organoid models for brain development and neurological disorders

Guo-Li Ming, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Alex Pollen, PhD

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October 21, 2020

Hijacking the host: how Mycobacterium tuberculosis subverts immunity

Jennifer Philips, MD, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis
Host: Anita Sil, MD, PhD

October 28, 2020

Mining the microbial miniproteome

Amy Bhatt, MD, PhD
Host: Sue Lynch, PhD


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November 4, 2020

Molecular Mechanisms that affect Reproductive Outcomes

Sarah England, PhD
Washington University
Host: Mark Anderson, MD, PhD

November 18, 2020

Understanding the source of regenerative potential in animals

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, PhD
Stowers Institute
Host: Guo Huang, PhD

December 2, 2020


John Wherry, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Kole Roybal, PhD

January 13, 2021

Quorum-Sensing Communication: From Viruses to Bacteria to Eukaryotes

Bonnie L. Basser, PhD
Princeton University
Host: Carol Gross, PhD

January 20, 2021

Biology of time: What drives sleep and other circadian rhythms

Amita Sehgal, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Host: Ying-Hui Fu, PhD

January 27, 2021

Host adaptations to microbial diversity

Ken Cadwell, PhD
NYU School of Medicine
Host: Joel Ernst, MD

February 3, 2021

Single cell genomics reveals novel correlates of immunologic control in tuberculosis

Sarah Fortune, MD
Host: Oren Rosenberg, MD, PhD

February 10, 2021

The African killifish: a new model to study aging and ‘suspended life’

Anne Brunet, PhD
Host: Abby Buchwalter, PhD

February 17, 2021

Epigenetic Drivers in Cancers with RB Loss

Claudia Benavente, PhD
UC Irvine
Host: Melissa Reeves, PhD

February 24, 2021


Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD
Host: Matt State, MD, PhD

March 3, 2021

Lei Ding, PhD
Columbia University
Host: Guo Huang, PhD

March 10, 2021

Germline genetic regulation of cancer progression, metastasis and anti-tumor immunity in melanoma

Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD
The Rockefeller University
Host: Louis Ptacek, MD

March 17, 2021

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

Jean Bennett, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Hosts: Mark Anderson MD, PhD and Aaron Tward MD, PhD

Trefethen Family 'Visiting' Professorship
co-hosted by the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program

March 24, 2021

Exploiting the microbiome to combat antibiotic-resistant infections

Eric Pamer, MD
University of Chicago
Host: Joel Ernst, MD

April 7, 2021


Francesco Colucci, PhD
University of Cambridge
Host: Adrian Erlebacher, MD, PhD

April 14, 2021


Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, PhD
Washington University - St. Louis
Host: Nadav Ahituv, PhD

April 21, 2021


Clemens Cabernard, PhD
University of Washington
Host: Todd Nystul

May 5, 2021

Wnt Signaling and Cell Division Control

Roel Nusse, PhD
Stanford University
Host: Bruce Wang, MD

May 12, 2021

Axolotls as a roadmap for vertebrate appendage regeneration

Jessica Whited, PhD
Host: Guo Huang, PhD

May 19, 2021


Ananda Goldrath, PhD
Host: Benjamin Wheeler and Mark Anderson

May 26, 2021

Microbiota control of immunity

Yasmine Belkaid, PhD
Host: Mark Ansel, PhD