Seminar Series

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

2018 - 2019 seminars schedule

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

Date and Time Speaker Title
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
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
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
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
“Exploring Mechanisms of Proton-Coupled Biological Ion Transport Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations”
October 15, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jaroslaw Meller, PhD
Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Health
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
Host: Xun Ai, PhD
“Structural Similarity in the Era of Big Macromolecular Data”
October 22, 2018
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Huan-Xiang Zhou, PhD
Professor of Chemistry and Physics
LAS Endowed Chair in the Natural Sciences
Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL
Host: Dirk Gillespie, PhD
“Integrated Computational and Experimental Studies on the Structure and Function of Ion Channels”
November 13, 2018
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bianca Brundel, PhD
Department of Physiology
VU University Medical Center
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Host: Xun Ai, PhD
Office of Basic Biological Sciences (OBBS) Seminar Series:
“Role of Proteostasis Derailment in Atrial Fibrillation: Novel Targets for Drug Therapy?”
February 18, 2019
Monday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Luigi Catacuzzeno, PhD
Department of Chemistry, Biology and Biotechnology
University of Perugia
Perugia, Italy
Host: Bob Eisenberg, PhD

“Modeling the Voltage Sensor of Shaker K Channels as a Brownian Particle”

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

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