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, and are open to the entire community.

2016-17 Seminar Schedule

Day/Time: Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m.
Location: N-225, Parnassus, except as noted

Links to the live stream and recorded video are in the sidebar.


October 12, 2016

"Which anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family member should be targeted for the treatment of which cancer?"

Andreas Strasser, PhD
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Parkville, Australia
Host: Jason Cyster, PhD

co-sponsored by the Vallee Foundation

October 19, 2016

"To Be or Not To Be: Cellular Reprogramming in Regeneration and Disease."

Deepak Srivastava, MD
Host:  Anna Bakardjiev, MD

October 26, 2016

"From egg to embryo: a peripatetic journey."

Richard Schultz, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Host:  Susan Fisher, PhD

November 2, 2016

"Solving the Human Hemoglobin Switch: what comes next?"

Stuart Orkin, MD
Host:  Trevor Burt, MD

November 9, 2016

"Stem Cell Niche for Cells and Organs."

Hiromitsu Nakauchi, MD, PhD
Host: Emmanuelle Passegue, PhD
note: This seminar will not be recorded, but will be livestreamed.

November 16, 2016

"A Mitochondrial Etiology of Metabolic and Degenerative Diseases, Aging, and Cancer."

Doug Wallace, PhD
Host: Yuri Kirichok, PhD

November 30, 2016

"Dissecting Tumor and Tissue Ecosystems with Single Cell RNA-Seq." NOTE: Seminar will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

Aviv Regev, PhD
Broad Inst.
Host: Arnold Kriegstein, MD, PhD

co-sponsored by the UCSF DSCB Graduate Program

NOTE:  Seminar will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

December 7, 2016

"Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution."

Eric Betzig, PhD
HHMI, Janelia Farm Research Campus
Host: Max Krummel, PhD

January 18, 2017

"Community Driven Efforts to Decipher the Genome."

Heidi Rehm, PhD
Host:  Joseph Shieh, MD, PhD

January 25, 2017

SEMINAR CANCELLED - to be rescheduled

Ben Cravatt, PhD
Scripps Research Institute
Host:  Jason Cyster, PhD

February 1, 2017

"Using pluripotent stem cells to study human gastrointestinal development and disease."

James Wells, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Host:  Ophir Klein, MD, PhD

February 8, 2017

"Non-conventional ubiquitination - from chemistry to biology."

Ivan Dikic, MD, PhD
Goethe University, Frankfurt
Host: Jay Debnath, MD

February 15, 2017

"Towards a Mechanism of Epigenetic Inheritance: DNA Methylation on N6-Adenine."

Eric Greer, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Host:  Saul Villeda, PhD

February 22, 2017

"Genetic contributions to memory function in the aging brain."

Sandra Barral Rodriguez, PhD
Host:  Jennifer Yokoyama, PhD

March 1, 2017

no seminar scheduled

March 8, 2017

"Genome-wide mapping of protein-DNA interaction dynamics."

Steven Henikoff, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Host:  Miguel Ramalho-Santos, PhD

March 15, 2017

"Modeling the human social brain using pluripotent stem cells."

Alysson Muotri, PhD
Host:  Lauren Weiss, PhD

March 22, 2017

"Identification of a stress-responsive vascular progenitor cell population resident in adult tissues."

David A. Sassoon, PhD
ICAN, Paris
Host: Andrew Brack, PhD

March 29, 2017

"Why so many ways to die? The Non-canonical Inflammasome Pathway."

Vishva Dixit, MD
Host: Ajay Chawla, MD, PhD

April 5, 2017

"Xenopus: Three vignettes: Evolution after tetraploidy, alternative splicing in development, and genome modification in the study of autism."

Richard Harland, PhD
UC Berkeley
Host: Susan Fisher

April 12, 2017

"Immune and transkingdom control of the virome, and vice versa."

Karl F. Meyer Memorial Lecture
Skip Virgin, MD, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis
Host: Joanne Engel, MD, PhD

April 19, 2017

"Autism: New Mutations, Pathways and Genetic Subtypes."

Evan Eichler, PhD
University of Washington

April 26, 2017

"Trisomy 21: Causes and Consequences."

Stephanie Sherman, PhD
Host:  Lauren Weiss, PHD

May 2, 2017

The gut microbiota and childhood undernutrition: looking at human development from a microbial perspecitve.

co-hosted by the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program
Jeffrey Gordon, MD
Washington University, St. Louis
Host:  Mark Anderson, MD, PhD
note: this week's seminar takes place on a Tuesday
This seminar will be livestreamed, but not recorded.

May 10, 2017

no seminar on 5/10/17
Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD
seminar rescheduled to 1/17/18

May 17, 2017

Control of ErbB receptors by the membrane:cytoskeleton interface.

Andrea McClatchey, PhD
Host:  Diane Barber, PhD

May 24, 2017

Transcriptional and epigenetic mechanisms in cancer and cancer immunotherapy

Anjana Rao, PhD
LaJolla Institute
Host: Mark Ansel, PhD
note: This seminar will not be recorded, but will be livestreamed.

May 31, 2017

Quantitating how daf-2/IIS mutants maintain “Quality of Life” Phenotypes with Age.

Coleen Murphy, PhD
Host:  Aimee Kao, PhD