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Outstanding Scientists Present Seminars
Thursdays at 4:00 PM-First Floor MSB Auditorium

USA College of Medicine Basic Science Departments invite Distinguished Scientists from other academic institutions to present seminars describing their latest research findings. The seminars are presented on Thursday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. in the first floor auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building. Faculty, Staff and Students are strongly encouraged to attend as we welcome these outstanding scientists.

2016-2017 Distinguished Scientist Series

UPCOMING LECTURES

 

February 9, 2017

Robert Sawyer, M.D.

Department: Pharmacology
Host:Raymond Langley, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Virginia, Department of Surgery

Seminar Title:"Age and gender differences in response to trauma and critical illness"

February 16, 2017

Bennett Van Houten, Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host:Robert Sobol, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar Title:“Single molecule analysis of DNA repair enzymes reveals a novel “recognition at a distance” mechanism”

March 16, 2017---CANCELLED

Craig Cameron, Ph.D.

Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host:Mikhail Alexeyev, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: Pennsylvania State University 

Seminar Title: "Single-cell virology: on-chip investigation of viral replication dynamics"

March 23, 2017

John Wemmie, M.D., Ph.D.

Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host: Xiangming Zha, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Iowa Healthcare

Seminar Title: "Acid-sensing ion channels in behavior and brain function"

March 30, 2017

Jon Audia, Ph.D.

Department: Pharmacology
Host:Raymond Langley, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of South Alabama, Department of Microbiology

Seminar Title:TBD

April 13, 2017

Roderick O'Sullivan, Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host:Robert Sobol, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh

Seminar Title:“Finding the Achilles heel of telomere maintenance by the ALT mechanism.”

April 20, 2017

Peter Zhou, M. D., Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host:Ming Tan, M.D., Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

Seminar Title:TBD

April 27, 2017

David Wilson, Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host:Robert Sobol, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: NIH

Seminar Title:TBD

May 18, 2017

John P. O'Bryan, Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host:Robert Sobol, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Illinois

Seminar Title:TBD

2016-2017 Distinguished Scientist Series

PAST LECTURES

September 8, 2016

Ratna Vadlamudi, Ph.D.

Department:MCI
Host: Dr. Kamar Palle
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Seminar Title: “ESRA Coregulator Binding Site Inhibitors (ECBIs) as Novel Therapeutics for Treating Breast Cancer ”


 

September 22, 2016

Michael Zhu, Ph.D.

Department:Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Host: Dr. Donna Cioffi
Speaker's AffiliationUniversity of Texas Health Science Center Houston
Seminar Title: TBD

 

September 29, 2016

James Kroll and Scott Moore

Department: Research Compliance
Host: Dr. Julio Turrens
Speaker's Affiliation: NSF/NIH
Seminar Title: TBD

 

October 13, 2016

Ivan McMurtry, Ph.D. and Karen Fagan, M.D.

Department: Pharmacology
Host: Dr. Raymond Langley
Speaker's Affiliation: University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Seminar Title: "Searching for More Effective Therapy for PAH"

 

October 27, 2016

Leslyn Hanakahi, Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host: Dr. Robert Sobol
Speaker's Affiliation:Univeristy of Illinois College of Pharmacy,  Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
Seminar Title: “Break ups are tough, but help is out there: novel participants in double-strand break repair”

 

November 10, 2016

Jose Fernandez Montequin, M.D.

Department: Research Compliance
Host: Dr. Andrew Byrd
Speaker's Affiliation: National Institute of Angiology and Vascular Surgery
Seminar Title: TBA

 

December 8, 2016

Karla J. F. Satchell, Ph.D.

Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Host: Dr. Jonathon Audia
Speaker's Affiliation:Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Seminar Title:“Role of Large MARTX Toxins in Vibrio Pathogenesis”

 

January 5, 2017

Sharon Campbell, Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host:Gary A. Pizazza, Ph.D.
Speaker's Affiliation: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Seminar Title:“Are all RAS oncogenes created equal?”

2015-2016 Distinguished Scientist Series

PAST LECTURES

August 13, 2015

Special Lecture

Colonel Matthew Martin, M.D.

Department: Pharmacology/Surgery
Host: Dr. Mark Gillespie and Dr. William Richards
Speaker's Affiliation: Trauma Medical Director, Chief of Surgical Research, Madigan Army Medical Center
Seminar Title: "Hemorrhagic Shock and Demand-Side Economics: From the Battlefield to the Bench"

 

September 10, 2015

Wen-Cheng Xiong, Ph.D.

Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Host: Dr. Steve Lim
Speaker's Affiliation: Georgia Regents University
Seminar Title:“Retromer, Neural Development and Neurodegenerative Disorders”

 

September 17, 2015

Janice Endsley, Ph.D.

Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Host: Dr. Mary Burtnick
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Seminar Title:"Mycobacterium tuberculosis reactivation in the setting of HIV co-infection"

 

September 24, 2015

Lucio Miele, M.D., Ph.D.

Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host: Dr. Seema Singh
Speaker's Affiliation: Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Seminar Title:“Notch in Breast Cancer – From Bench to Bedside and Back”

 

October 8, 2015

Isaac O Kibwage, Ph.D.
Department: USA Office of Research and Economic Development
Host: Ms. Lynne Chronister
Speaker's Affiliation: Professor and Principal, University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences
Seminar Title: "On-going Research Projects in Health Sciences"
 

October 15, 2015-Canceled

Jose Fernandez Montequin, M.D.
Department: USA Office of Research and Economic Development
Host: Dr. Andrew Byrd
Speaker's Affiliation: Surgeon and Professor, Medical University of Havana
Seminar Title: "Changing Paradigms in the Research and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcers"

  

October 22, 2015

Hengming Ke, Ph.D.
Department: Mitchell Cancer Institute
Host: Dr. Gary Piazza
Speaker's Affiliation: University of North Carolina
Seminar Title: TBA--http://www.unc.edu/~hke/banner.html

 

November 5, 2015

Mary Burtnick, Ph.D.

Department:Microbiology & Immunology
Host: Dr. David Wood
Speaker's Affiliation: University of South Alabama, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Seminar Title: “Melioidosis and Glanders: Molecular Aspects of Pathogenesis”

 

January 7, 2016

Dr. William Beck

Department:MCI
Host: Dr. Xi
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Illinois at Chicago
Seminar Title: “Splicing as novel theapeutic targets in ovarian and breast cancer"

 

April 7, 2016

Ernest Hawk, M.D., M.P.H.

Department:MCI
Host: Dr. Yaguang XI
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Seminar Title: “Cancer prevention as an urgent priority: Driving progress trough molecular & translational research, as well as, population-based actions"

 

April 14, 2016

Gary Thomas, Ph.D.

Department:MCI
Host: Dr. Kumar Palle
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Seminar Title: "Adapting to life's complexity: endosome trafficking meets the nuclear transcription machinery"

 

April 21, 2016

Kevin Macaluso, Ph.D.

Department:Microbiology & Immunology
Host: Dr. David Wood
Speaker's Affiliation: Louisiana State University
Seminar Title: "Unraveling the biology of emerging rickettsial pathogens"

 

April 28, 2016

Special Lecture

Jamie L. Franco-Zamudio, Ph.D.

Department:Diversity and Inclusion
Host: Dr. Johnson Haynes
Speaker's Affiliation: Springhill College
Seminar Title: "Communicating with Diverse Populations"

 

May 12, 2016

Karen Vasquez, Ph.D.

Department:MCI
Host: Dr. Robert Sobol
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Texas Austin
Seminar Title: "DNA structure-induced genetic instability and cancer"

 

 

2014-2015 Distinguished Scientist Series

PAST LECTURES

October 2, 2014

David Dean, Ph.D.
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Host: Dr. David Wood
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Rochester Medical Center, School of Medicine
Seminar Title: "Gene Therapy:Translating Basic Science to the ICU."

 

October 23, 2014

Troy Stevens, Ph.D.
Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host: Dr. Mary Townsley
Speaker's Affiliation: Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Director, Center for Lung Biology, University of South Alabama
Seminar Title: "From cAMP to a Tauopathy of the Lung"

 

November 6, 2014

Jose F. Perez-Zoghbi, Ph.D.
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Host: Dr. William Gerthoffer
Speaker's Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Physiology Department, Texas Tech University Health Sciences, Lubbock, TX
Seminar Title: "Regulation of smooth muscle contraction in small airways and the potential use of flavonoids to treat asthma"

 

November 13, 2014

Ann Richmond, Ph.D.
Department: MCI
Host: Dr. Laurie Owen
Speaker's Affiliation: Professor of Cancer Biology, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilty University
Seminar Title: "The tumor microenvironment-a key component of response to melanoma therapy"

 

November 20, 2014

Michael Welsh, M.D.
Department: Charles M. Baugh Lecture
Host: Dr. Xiangming Zha
Speaker's Affiliation: Professor of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Neurosurgery, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Seminar Title: "Origins of Cystic Fibrosis Lung Disease"

 

December 4, 2014-CANCELED-Will be Rescheduled

Colonel Matthew Martin, M.D.
Department: Pharmacology/Surgery
Host: Dr. Mark Gillespie and Dr. William Richards
Speaker's Affiliation: Trauma Medical Director, Chief of Surgical Research, Madigan Army Medical Center
Seminar Title: TBA

 

January 8, 2015

Geoff Norman, Ph.D.
Department: Pharmacology
Host: Dr. Al-Mehdi
Speaker's Affiliation: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Seminar Title: "The Science of Teaching and Learning: Evidence-based strategies to enhance clinical teaching"

 

January 15, 2015

Paul A. Janmey, Ph.D.
Department: Center for Lung Biology
Host: Dr. Dhananjay Tambe
Speaker's Affiliation: Professor of Physiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Seminar Title: "Mechanical signaling in cells and tissues"

 

January 22, 2015

Ray Langley, Ph.D.
Department: Pharmacology
Host: Dr. Mark Gillespie
Speaker's Affiliation: Associate Research Scientist, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
Seminar Title: "Integrative ‘Omics Analysis of Sepsis: Biomarkers for Improved Patient Management"

 

February 5, 2015

Richard Honkanen, Ph.D.
Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host: Dr. Sarah Sayner
Speaker's Affiliation: Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of South Alabama
Seminar Title: TBA

 

March 12, 2015

Gustavo Rohde, Ph.D.
Department: Center for Lung Biology
Host: Dr. Silas Leavesley
Speaker's Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Title:"Understanding images of cells: limits and possibilities"

 

March 19, 2015

Michael Kotlikoff VMD, Ph.D.
Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host: Dr. Mark Taylor
Speaker's Affiliation: College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Seminar Title: TBA

 

March 26, 2015

Roman Ganta, Ph.D.
Department: Microbiology & Immunology
Host: Dr. David Wood
Speaker's Affiliation: Kansas State University
Seminar Title: "Ehrlichia chaffeensis Mutagenesis to Identify Genes Critical for Persistent Infection and Vaccine Development"

 

April 9, 2015

Hua Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Department: MCI
Host: Dr. Ming Tan
Speaker's Affiliation: Tulane University School of Medicine
Seminar Title: "Translating the ribosomal stress-p53 pathway into anti-cancer drug discovery."

http://tulane.edu/som/departments/biochemistry/people/hua-lu.cfm

 

April 16, 2015

Jun Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host: Dr. Xiangming Zha
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Seminar Title: "Repair of Oxidative DNA Damage: A Novel Target for Neuroprotection"

 

April 30, 2015

Mark S. Kindy, Ph.D.
Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host: Dr. Xiangming Zha
Speaker's Affiliation: Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina
Seminar Title: "The Role of Cathepsin B in Inflammation and Neurological Disorders" 

 

May 14, 2015

Scott Earley, Ph.D.
Department: Physiology & Cell Biology
Host: Dr. Mary Townsley
Speaker's Affiliation: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Seminar Title: TBA

 

 

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