Seminar Series

The Department of Physiology & Biophysics holds regular seminars with invited speakers from outside the institution, as well as researchers from Rush University.

2017-2018 seminars schedule

Seminars are held in Physiology Conference Room (1201 Jelke South), unless noted otherwise.

Date and Time Speaker Title
January 23, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Eduardo Perozo, PhD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Thomas DeCoursey, PhD
“A Mechanistic Perspective of Voltage Sensor Domains Structures”
February 27, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
J. Andrew Wasserstrom, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Northwestern University, Chicago IL
Host: Kathrin Banach, PhD
“Triggered Calcium Waves and T-tubules:  A New Mechanism for Arrhythmias”
March 6, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
R. John Solaro, PhD
Distinguished University Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Kathrin Banach, PhD
“Novel Control of the Cardiac Frank-Starling Relation Via Biased Signaling at the Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor”
March 20, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Lisa Ebihara, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago IL
Host: Kathrin Banach, PhD
“Functional Expression of Connexin Hemichannels and Calcium-Activated Chloride Channels in Mouse Lens Fiber Cells”
April 3, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Rishi Arora, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
Northwestern University, Chicago IL
Host: Kathrin Banach, PhD
“Recent Insights into the Mechanisms Underlying Atrial Fibrillation-Implications for New Biological Therapies”
April 10, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kay Macleod, PhD
Associate Professor
The Ben May Department for Cancer Research
University of Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Thomas DeCoursey, PhD
“Autophagy and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer”
 
Please Note Room Change:
AAC Lecture Hall Room 539
April 18, 2017
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Joshua Goldhaber, MD
Director
Division of Applied Cell Biology and Physiology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles CA
Host: Kathrin Banach, PhD
“Sinus Node Dysfunction:  Insights from the Sodium-Calcium Exchange Knockout Mouse”
May 19, 2017
Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Richard T. Mathias, PhD
Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Stony Brook University, Stony Brook NY
Host: Kathrin Banach, PhD
The Lens: Remarkable Biological Glass
August 11, 2017
Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Yajuan Xiao, MS
Graduate Student
Rush University and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Host: Michael Fill, PhD

“Mitochondrial Dysfunction of Skeletal Muscle in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”
(PhD Dissertation Defense)
Dissertation Advisor: Jingsong Zhou, PhD

September 15, 2017
Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Shan-Lu Liu, MD, PhD
Professor
Center for Retrovirus Research
Department of Veterinary Biosciences
The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
Host: Fredric Cohen, PhD
“Novel Cellular Factors Modulating Viral Entry and Release: Studies of HIV, Influenza and Ebola Viruses”
September 25, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jan K. Kitajewski, PhD
Professor and Head
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Michael Fill, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Notch Functions in Angiogenesis by Diverse Mechanisms”

October 9, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Isabelle Deschenes, PhD
Professor
Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH
Host: Xun Ai, PhD
“Sodium Channels: From Bedside to Bench”
October 27, 2017
Friday, 3-4 p.m.
David J. Shapiro, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Illinois, Urbana IL
Host: Lena Al-Harthi, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Targeting Breast and Ovarian Cancer Through ER-mediated Hyperactivation of the UPR”

Please Note Room Change:
Cohn Research Building Auditorium Room 160

October 30, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Antonios Pantazis, PhD
Assistant Researcher
Division of Molecular Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles CA
Host: Eduardo Rios, PhD
“Acting on Impulse: Capturing the Sub-nanoscale Movements of Voltage-sensing Proteins with a New Optical Approach”
November 6, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Joshua Jay Zimmerberg, MD, PhD
Senior Investigator
Section on Membrane and Cellular Biophysics
NIH Intramural Research Program, Bethesda MD
Host: Fredric Cohen, PhD
“Do Membranes Really Hate Edges?”
November 13, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sandrine Pouvreau, PhD
Researcher
Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience
Team: Synaptic circuits of memory
CNRS / Université  Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux, France
Host: Eduardo Rios, PhD
“Presynaptic Terminal Morphology, Calcium Signaling and Short-term Plasticity at Dentate Gyrus Granule Cells Synapses”
December 11, 2017
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Beata M. Wolska, PhD
Professor of Physiology in Medicine
Department of Medicine
Section of Cardiology
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Dirk Gillespie, PhD
“Hypertrophic and Dilated Cardiomyopathies from Molecular Basis to New Treatments”
December 15, 2017
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Sharon Stack, PhD
Professor and Director
Harper Cancer Research Institute
University of Notre Dame
Host: Ryan Ross, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Regulation of Ovarian Cancer Metastasis”

Please Note Room Change:
Cohn Research Building Auditorium Room 160

January 22, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Steven Poelzing, PhD
Associate Professor
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, Roanoke VA
Host: Xun Ai, PhD
“Buffers & Biomedical Reproducibility.  Lessons from the Heart”
January 26, 2018
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Stephen J. Kron, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
University of Chicago
Host: Ryan Ross, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Zombie Apocalypse: Accelerated Cell Senescence in Cancer Therapy”

Please Note Room Change:
Armour Academic Facility, ACC971

January 29, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Eric A. Sobie, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Programmatic Developement
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacological Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York NY
Host: Lothar Blatter, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Understanding the Consequences of Heterogeneity in Cardiac Ion Channels and Calcium Handling Proteins”

March 5, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Alfred L. George Jr., MD
Magerstadt Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago IL
Host: Xun Ai, PhD
Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Discovery and Investigation of Calmodulinopathy”
April 9, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Gregory Melikian, PhD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Emory University, Atlanta GA
Host: Michael Fill, PhD
“Real-time Imaging Single Virus Entry into Living Cells”
April 20, 2018
Friday, 12-1 p.m.
Richard B. Silverman, PhD
Professor
Department of Chemistry
Northwestern University
Host: Lena Al-Harthi, PhD

Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“CPP-115 and Related Analogues: Novel GABA and Ornithine Aminotransferase Inactivators and Potential New Treatments for Epilepsy, Addiction, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma”

Please Note Room Change:
Cohn Research Building Auditorium Room 160

May 21, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Julio Cordero-Morales, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Physiology
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis TN
Host: Carlo Manno, PhD

“The Role of Bioactive Lipids in Transient Receptor Potential Channels Function”
June 4, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Brenda Russell, PhD
Professor Emerita of Physiology and Biophysics
University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Michael Fill, PhD

“Mechanobiology: Cardiac Muscle, Fibroblasts and Stem Cells”
July 16, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jana Shen, PhD
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore MD
Host: Thomas DeCoursey, PhD
“TBA”

Please call the department at (312) 942-7011 or email our seminar coordinator, Ruben Markosyan, PhD for additional information.

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