Spring 2016 Seminars

March 28

Nadean Brown, Associate Professor, Cell Biology & Human Anatomy Dept, UC Davis

Optic nerve head development and compartmentalization of the embryonic eye

Host: David Feldheim


Jeffrey Woodruff, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology candidate

Engineering synthetic organelles: Building centrosomes from the bottom up

*Biomed 200 - 2:30 - 3:30 PM*

Nadean Brown

Jeffrey Woodruff

March 24

Dhanya Cheerambathur, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, UC San Diego

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology candidate

Kinetochore-microtubule interfaces during chromosome segregation and neuronal morphogenesis

*Biomed 200 - 12:30 - 1:30 PM*

Dhanya Cheerambathur
April 1

Walter Bogdanoff, DuBois Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Structural and mechanistic studies on an astrovirus-neutralizing antibody: implications for vaccine design and antiviral therapies

Third Year Talk

Walter Bogdanoff
April 4

Joan Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University

Noncoding RNAs of viral and cellular origin: more surprises

Host: MCD Biology Graduate Students

Joan Steitz
April 8
April 11

April 15

Linnea Jansson, Michael Stone Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Telomerase Structure and Dynamics

Third Year Talk 

Linnea Jansson

April 18 

Fred Chang, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology, UCSF 

Regulation of cell size in fission yeast: how do cells know how big they are?

Host: Doug Kellogg

Fred Chang
April 22

Kiyomi Kaneshiro, Strome Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Transmission of gamete-inherited chromatin states

Third Year Talk

Kiyomi Kaneshiro
April 25

Sam Fagg, Ares Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Complex autogenous and isoform cross-regulation balances Quaking functions in splicing and translation

Dissertation Defense

Sam Fagg
April 29

Brandt Warecki, Sullivan Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Regulating nuclear envelope reassembly to maintain genomic integrity

Third Year Talk

Brandt Warecki
May 2

Blanton Tolbert, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Case Western Reserve University

Structural insights into host-RNA interactions that regulate HIV genome splicing

Hosts: Manny Ares & Melissa Jurica

Blanton Tolbert
May 5

Randy Schekman, PH.D. Nobel Prize-winning American Cell Biologist, University of California, Berkeley

Special Department Seminar

Unconventional secretion of proteins and RNA from cultured human cells

*Biomed 200 - 2:00 - 3:00 PM*


2016 Robert L. Sinsheimer Distinguished Lecture in Biology

How cells traffic and export proteins

*Colleges 9/10 Multi-purpose Room - 7:00 PM*

Randy Schekman
May 6

Michelle Tjia, Zuo Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Activity-dependent dynamics of dendritic spines in the living mouse cortex

Third Year Talk

Michelle Tjia
May 9

Clara Kielkopf, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester Medical Center

Hit or miss at the pre-mRNA splice sites:a disease-relevant step of gene expression

Hosts: Manny Ares & Melissa Jurica

Clara Kielkopf
May 13

Michael Doody, Hartzog Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

How does chromatin influence transcription in Saccharomyces cerevisiae?

Third Year Talk

Michael Doody

May 16

Joe Tsien, Professor of Neurology, Co-Director, Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

The basic computational logic of the brain

Host: Yi Zuo

Joe Tsien

May 18

Lotti Brose, Sullivan Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

The phosphorylation of Nuf: cytokinesis and beyond

Third Year Talk

*Biomed 200 - 12:30-1:30 PM*

Lotti Brose

May 19

Tracy MacDonough, Chen Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Mef2c mediates axonogenesis and neural identity during cortical development

MA Thesis Defense

*Biomed 200 - 3:00-4:00 PM*

Tracy MacDonough
May 20
May 23

Xin Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Johns Hopkins University

Breaking the symmetry – Asymmetric histone inheritance in Drosophila male germline stem cell

Host: Susan Strome

Xin Chen

May 25

Andrew Knutson, Strome Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Germ granules protect germ cell totipotency and immortality in C. elegans

Dissertation Defense

*Biomed 200 - 2:00-3:00 PM*

Andrew Knutson

May 26

Erin Zampaglione, Sher Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Functional, anatomical, and genetic characterization of mouse retinal ganglion cells

Dissertation Defense

*Biomed 200 - 10:00-11:00 AM*

Erin Zampaglione
May 27


May 30


Memorial Day

June 2

Christian Nelson, Bhalla Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Sizing up the spindle checkpoint response

Dissertation Defense

*Biomed 300 - 12:00-1:00 PM*

Christian Nelson

June 3

Tisha Bohr, Bhalla Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

A tale of two checkpoints: conserved mechanisms regulate and monitor meiotic synapsis 

Dissertation Defense

Tisha Bohr

June 6

Travis Karg, Sullivan Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Worst case scenario: exiting metaphase with an unrepaired double stranded DNA break

Dissertation Defense

*Biomed 200, 12:30-1:30 PM*

Travis Karg

June 7

Matt Ragle, Zahler Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Coordinated tissue-specific regulation of adjacent alternative 3’ splice sites in C. elegans

Dissertation Defense

*Biomed 200, 12:30-1:30 PM*

Matt Ragle

June 8

Zach Neeb, Zahler Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Genome gymnastics in the ciliate Oxytricha trifallax

Dissertation Defense

*Biomed 200, 12:30-1:30 PM*

Zach Neeb
June 10

Jessica Perez-Cunningham, Forsberg Lab - MCD Biology, UCSC

Lineage tracing models reveal novel fate determinants for hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells

Dissertation Defense

*Biomed 200 - 12:30-1:30 PM*

Jessica Perez-Cunningham