Neuroscience seminars attract distinguished leaders and scientists from around the United States and internationally. The 2018/2019 Neuroscience Department Seminar Series will launch Sept. 7, 2018, and conclude May 31, 2019. Our weekly events are open to all members of the neuroscience community at the Texas Medical Center. We meet on Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon in N315 auditorium in Alkek (The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, 3rd floor), unless specified otherwise. Neuroscience seminars are an important aspect of the rich academic environment that is cultivated in our department. 

Seminar Speakers September - November 2018

Sept. 7, 2018: Gabriel de Erausquin, M.D., Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. de Erausquin is the chair of Psychiatry and Neurology, UT Rio Grande Valley. Seminar title: “Dopaminergic neuron susceptibility, Rho GTPases and the schizophrenias: can psychosis be prevented? Seminar host: Ramiro Salas, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychiatry research, the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Salas holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neuroscience and is also a member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Sept. 14, 2018: Joanna Jankowsky, Ph.D.

Conference room 187A, Cullen (1st floor - Jaworski classroom) at 11 a.m. Dr. Jankowsky is an associate professor, Department of Neuroscience and Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Baylor. Seminar title: “Chemogenetic modeling of circuit dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease. Seminar host: Paul Pfaffinger, Ph.D., professor and interim chair, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine.

Sept. 28, 2018: Richard Harris

Conference room Cullen Auditorium at 11 a.m. Richard Harris is a science correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio), award-winning journalist and book author. Seminar title: Science Friction: What’s Slowing Progress in Biomedicine?” Seminar host: Matt Rasband, Ph.D., professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine. 

Oct. 5, 2018: Jack L. Feldman, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Jack Feldman is a Distinguished Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of California, Los Angeles. Seminar title: Breathing Matters”. Seminar host: Russell Ray, Ph.D., assistant professor, Departments of Neuroscience and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine. 
 

Oct. 19, 2018: Jill Leutgeb, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Jill Leutgeb is a professor, Department of Neurobiology and Walter F. Heiligenberg Professorship in Neuroethology, University of California, San Diego. Seminar title: "Dentate network computations for memories and decisions".  Seminar Host: Daoyun Ji, Ph.D., associate professor, Departments of Molecular and & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine.

Nov. 9, 2018: Aaron DiAntonio, M.D., Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Aaron DiAntonio is the Alan A. and Edith L. Professor of Developmental Biology, Departments of Developmental Biology and Neurosciences, Washington University in St. Louis. Seminar title: "Axon Degeneration: Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities". Seminar Host: Trent Watkins, Ph.D., assistant professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine.

Nov. 16, 2018: Laura P. W. Ranum, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 11 a.m. Dr. Laura Ranum is a professor and director of the Center for NeuroGenetics at the University of Florida. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar host: Joanna Jankowsky, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Neuroscience and Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine.

Nov. 30, 2018: Elizabeth M. C. Hillman, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 11 a.m. Dr. Elizabeth Hillman is a professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University. Seminar title: "Real-time, multi-scale imaging of whole-brain activity".  Seminar Hosts: Francois St-Pierre, Ph.D., assistant professor, Departments of Neuroscience at Baylor and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, and David Ress, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine.

Seminar Speakers December 2018 - February 2019

Dec. 7, 2018: Jesse H. Goldberg, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Jesse Goldberg is an assistant professor and Robert R. Capranica Fellow, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, Cornell University. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar Hosts: Francois St-Pierre, Ph.D., assistant professor, Departments of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, and David Ress, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine. 

Jan. 11, 2019: James Knierim, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. James Knierim is a professor in the The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience and a researcher at the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar host: Neuroscience Graduate Program students, represented by Henry Cham (David Dickman Lab).

 

Jan. 18, 2019: Baljit S. Khakh, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Baljit Khakh is a professor of Physiology and Neurobiology in the Department of Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar Host: Ben Deneen, Ph.D., professor, Department of Neuroscience and Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine.

Jan. 25, 2019: Jonathan Ting, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Jonathan Ting is an assistant Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar Host: Xiaolong Jiang, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine and Investigator, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, Texas Children's Hospital.

Feb. 22, 2019: Amita Sehgal, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Sehgal is John Herr Musser Professor in the Neuroscience Department at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and a Howard Hughes Medical institute Investigator. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar Host: Shinya Yamamoto, D.V.M. Ph.D., assistant professor, Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and investigator, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital. 

Seminar Speakers March - April 2019 

March 1, 2019: Lisa Goodrich, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Lisa Goodrich is a Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard University.  Seminar title: To be announced.  Seminar Host: Shinya Yamamoto, D.V.M. Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and Investigator, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.   

March 8, 2019: Sally Temple, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Sally Temple is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Co-founder, Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of the Neural Stem Cell Institute, University at Albany.  Seminar title: To be announced.  Seminar Host: Ron Parchem, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and Investigator, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.   

March 15, 2019: Casper Hoogenraad, Ph.D. 

Conference room N315, Alkek auditorium at 11 a.m. Dr. Casper Hoogenraad is a Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the Utrecht University in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He is also a member a member of De Jonge Akademie, which is the Dutch Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Seminar title: To be announced.  Seminar Host: Matthew Rasband, Ph.D., Professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine.

March 22, 2019: Cagla Eroglu, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 (Alkek auditorium) at 11 a.m. Dr. Cagla Eroglu is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Cell Biology and Neurobiology at Duke University and Director of Graduate Studies, Program in Cell and Molecular Biology.  Seminar title: To be announced.  Seminar Host: Kimberley Tolias, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. 

March 29, 2019: Jeanne Paz, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 (Alkek auditorium) at 11 a.m. Dr. Jeanne Paz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Assistant Investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease at University of California, San Francisco. Seminar title: To be announced.  Seminar Host: Jeannie Chin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Memory & Brain Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine.

 

April 5, 2019: Jacqueline Burre

Conference room N315 (Alkek auditorium) at 11 a.m. Dr. Jacqueline Burre is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar Host: Mingshan Xue, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, and Investigator in the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

April 12, 2019: Kristin Scott, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 (Alkek auditorium) at 11 a.m. Dr. Kristin Scott is a Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, Division of Neurobiology, and Member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at The University of California, Berkeley. Seminar title: To be announced.  Seminar Host: Ben Arenkiel, Ph.D., Associate Professor and McNair Scholar, Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, and Investigator in the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital. 

April 19, 2019: Simon Peron, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 (Alkek auditorium) at 11 a.m.  Dr. Peron is an assistant professor at the Center for Neural Science at the New York University. Seminar title: To be announced. Seminar Host: Fabrizio Gabbiani, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. 

April 26, 2019: Daniela Schiller, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 (Alkek auditorium) at 11 a.m. Dr. Schiller is an associate professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY. Seminar title: To be Announced. Seminar Host: Michael Beauchamp, Ph.D., Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Neurosurgery and Vice Chair of Basic Research in the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Seminar Speakers May 2019

May 3, 2019: Laura Feltri, M.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Laura Feltri is a professor of Biochemistry and Neurology in the Department of Biochemistry at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. Seminar title: To be Announced. Host: Hyun Kyoung Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Investigator, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at the Texas Children's Hospital. 

May 10, 2019: Michelle Monje, M.D. Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Michelle Monje is an Associate Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Pathology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford. Seminar title: To be  announced. Host: Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Molecular & Human Genetics and Director of the Blue Bird Circle Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine.  

May 17, 2019: Carlos Brody, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Carlos Brody is a professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Seminar title: To be  announced.  This seminar is hosted by postdoctoral fellows in the Neuroscience Department at Baylor College of Medicine, represented by Baptiste Caziot who is a postdoc in Dr. Xaq Pitkow's Lab (co-advised by Dr. Dora Angelaki). 

May 24, 2019: Alex Kolodkin, Ph.D.

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m.  Dr. Alex Kolodkin is a professor of Neuroscience with a joint appointment in the Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Seminar title: To be  announced. Seminar host: Melanie Samuel, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine. 

May 31, 2019: John W. Krakauer, Ph.D. 

Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. John Krakauer is the John C. Malone Professor of Neurology and professor of Neuroscience and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He is also the Director of the Brain, Learning, Animation, and Movement (BLAM) laboratory and Co-founder of the KATA project at Johns Hopkins. Seminar title: To be  announced. Seminar host: Jeffrey Yau, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.