2014/2015 Seminars

The PMI invites distinguished scientists to give research lectures and to meet with interested Penn scientists. Our popular seminar series is attended by investigators from a broad constituency, and all members of the Penn Community are invited to attend. The 2014-15 PMI seminar series is chaired by Drs. Ekaterina Grishchuk and Benjamin Prosser.

To inquire about inviting seminar speakers or meeting with visiting scientists, please contact Ms. Ashley Douglass.

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September 2014

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

September 8
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Ram Dixit, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Biology Washington University in St. Louis, "Life inside a box: how the microtubule cytoskeleton contributes to plant cell shape”

September 15
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

John Solaro, PhD - Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Illinois at Chicago, "Integration of Sarcomere Signaling in Cardiac Function"

September 22
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

James M. Ervasti, PhD - Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences, "Specialization of dystrophin and utrophin impacts muscular dystrophy pathogenesis and treatment"

September 29
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

John Cooper, MD, PhD - Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, Professor and Interim Head of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Washington University in St. Louis, "Capping Protein, CARMILs and Actin Assembly at Membranes"

October 2014

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

October 6
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Eva Nogales, PhD - Senior Faculty Scientist, Deputy Department Head of the Life Sciences Division, Department of Bioenergy/GTL & Structural Biology, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. “Structural insights into microtubule dynamic instability and its regulation”

October 13
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Evelyn Ralston, PhD - Chief Light Imaging Section, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, "Microtubules of skeletal muscle: dynamic and stable, different, and important."

October 20
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Rebecca Heald, PhD - Flora Lamson Hewlett Chair and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley "Mechanisms of mitosis and size control in Xenopus"

October 27
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Donald M. Bers, PhD - Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, Davis. "Calcium Signaling in Cardiac Myocytes in Health and Disease"

November 2014

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

November 3
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Edward D. Salmon, PhD - Research Professor (Retired James Larkin and Iona Mae Ballou Distinguished Professor), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

November 10
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Anthony Cammarato, PhD - Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, John Hopkins University

November 17
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Robert T. Dirksen, PhD - Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester Medical Center

November 24
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

David Odde, PhD - Professor and Acting Department Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

December 2014

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

December 1
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Ye Chen Izu, PhD - Assitant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, Davis

December 15
2014

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Scott H. Soderling, PhD - Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neurobiology, Department of Cell Biology, Co-Director of the BAC Recombineering Facility, Duke University School of Medicine

January 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

January 5
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Michael Previs, PhD - Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, University of Vermont, "Myosin-binding protein C mechanically enhances cardiac excitation-contraction coupling"

January 12
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Joseph Metzger, PhD - Professor and Department Head, Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology, University of Minnesota, "Design and implementation of physiological bio-sensing actuators for the heart"

January 26
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Jonathon Howard, BSc, PhD - Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Physics, Department of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Yale University

February 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

February 16
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Kazuhiro Oiwa, PhD - Distinguished ResearcherAdvanced ICT Research InstituteNational Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Tokyo, Japan)Professor (Joint Appointment)Graduate School of Life Science, University of Hyogo, "Auto-regulation mechanisms of mammalian cytoplasmic dynein"

February 23
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan - Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Michigan

March 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

March 2
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Thomas D. Pollard, MD - Sterling Professor of Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology, Yale University, "Mechanism of cytokinesis- the original muscle"

March 9
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Kerry Bloom - Thad L. Beyle Distinguished Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Forces in Mitosis: A balancing act between centromere springs and dynamic microtubules"

March 16
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Elizabeth Rhoades - Associate Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, "Order from disorder: understanding the function of tau"

March 23
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Stuart S. Martin, PhD - Associate Professor of Physiology, Department of Physiology, University of Maryland, "Targeting the cytoskeletal physics of circulating breast tumor cells to reduce metastasis"

March 30
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Ajit Joglekar, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, "Triggering and tuning the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint"

April 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

April 6
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Jinghua Hu, PhD - Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/ Assitant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, "Molecular insights into cilia and ciliopathies: see elegance in C. elegans."

April 13
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Steven Rosenfeld,MD, PhD, Staff at Cleveland Clinic, Department of Cancer Biology, Lerner Research Institute, "Molecular Motors and Glioblastoma"

April 20
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Fred Chang, MD, PhD, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Columbia University, "Mechanical regulation of fission yeast cell morphogenesis and division"

April 27
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Thomas Surrey, PhD, Laboratory Head, Microtubule Cytoskeleton Team at London Research Institute, “What end binding proteins tell us about the mechanism of microtubule dynamic instability"

May 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

May 4
2015

John Morgan Reunion Hall
2:00 - 3:00

Noah Weisleder, PhD, Associate Professor of Department of Physiology and Cell Biology and Investigator, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ohio State University. “Mechanisms of sarcolemmal membrane repair in striated muscles”

May 28
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Isabelle Marty, PhD, Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences. ""The calcium release complex in muscle diseases : from molecular mechanisms to therapy"."

June 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

June 8
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Jonathon Howard, BSc, PhD, Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Professor of Physics, Department of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Yale University

June 15
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

Benoit Ladoux, PhD, Professor and Co-Principal Investigator, Mechanobiology Institute in Singapore

July 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

TBA
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

TBA

August 2015

DATE

PLACE/TIME

EVENT DESCRIPTION

TBA
2015

CRB Austrian Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00

TBA

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