Our seminar series attracts leaders from across the United States and the globe. Weekly seminars are an important aspect of the rich academic environment that is cultivated in the Department of Neuroscience.

Seminar Speakers for March - April 2017

March 3, 2017: Anne West, M.D., Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Kimberley Tolias. Dr. West is associate professor of neurobiology at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences at Duke University. Title of talk: "Chromatin regulation of neuronal differentiation and plasticity"

March 10, 2017: Larry Young, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Guest of Neuroscience Department postdocs. Dr. Young is in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine. Title of talk: “Neurobiology of Social Bonding, Social Loss and Empathy Related Behaviors: Implications for Autism”.

March 17, 2017: Cynthia Lemere, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Joanna Jankowsky. Dr. Lemere is associate professor of neurology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Title of talk: "Complement C3-deficiency modulates the microglial response to Aβ plaques and protects against hippocampal decline in aged AD mice"

March 24, 2017: Wayne Goodman, M.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Goodman is chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. Matthew Rasband, host lab. Title of talk: Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD.

March 31, 2017: Nicole Rust, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Dora Angelaki. Dr. Rust is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Computational Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Title of talk: Single-trial visual familiarity memory.

April 7, 2017: Connie Cepko, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Melanie Samuel. Dr. Cepko is a developmental biologist and geneticist, who works at Harvard Medical School. Title of talk: Strategies to preserve vision and Nanobodies as regulators of intracellular activities.

April 21, 2017: Matthew Rasband, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Matthew Rasband is professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed chair in the Neuroscience Department at Baylor College of Medicine. Title of talk: The functional organization of axons in health and disease.

April 28, 2017: Katerina Akassoglou, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Benjamin Deneen. Dr. Akassoglou is a professor of neurology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Title of talk: Neurovascular interactions: mechanisms, imaging, therapeutics.

Seminar Speakers for May 2017

May 5, 3017: Bruce Appel, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Appel is a professor at UC Denver (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), in the Department of Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development; additionally, he is the Diane G. Wallach Endowed chair of Pediatric Stem Cell Biology and director, Program of Pediatric Stem Cell Biology. Title of talk: A progenitor recruitment model for neural cell fate specification.

May 12, 2017: Caleb Kemere, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Francois St-Pierre. Dr. Kemere is Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor.

May 19, 2017: Mark Krasnow, M.D., Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Russell Ray and Memory and Brain Research Center. Dr. Krasnow is professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University, and investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

For Historical Reference: Seminar Speakers for September - November 2016

Sept. 9, 2016: Bernardo Rudy, Ph.D., M.D.

Conference room Cullen 301A at 11 a.m. Host lab Mingshan Xue. Dr. Rudy is the Valentino D.B. Mazzia, M.D., JD professor of anesthesiology, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. He is also professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Physiology. He also serves as vice chair of research, anesthesiology, perioperative care and pain medicine. Title of talk: Inhibitory and disinhibitory circuits in sensory processing

Sept. 23, 2016: Ben Emery, Ph.D.

Conference room Alkek N315 at 11 a.m. Host lab Matthew Rasband. Dr. Emery is an an assistant professor of neurology at the Jungers Center at the Oregon Health and Sciences University. Title of talk: Regulation of CNS myelination: Intrinsic factors and external cues

Sept. 30, 2016: Daoyun Ji, Ph.D.

Conference room Alkek N315 at 11 a.m. Dr. Ji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. Title of talk: From Hippocampal Place Cell to Spatial Memory Code.

Oct. 7, 2016: Nace Golding, Ph.D.

Conference room Alkek N315 at 11 a.m. Host lab Fabrizio Gabbiani. Dr. Golding is associate professor in neuroscience and director of the Institute for Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. Title of talk: Illuminating mechanisms of sensory coding and neuromodulation with light sensitive channel blockers

Oct. 14, 2016: Joern Diedrichsen, Ph.D.

Conference room Alkek N315 at 11 a.m. Host lab Jeffrey Yau. Dr. Diedrichsen is Western Research chair for Motor Control and Computational Neuroscience in the Brain and Mind Institute Department for Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario. Title of talk: Building complex movements from simple elements: The problem of serial order in behavior 

Oct. 28, 2016: David McCormick, Ph.D.

Conference room Alkek N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Matthew McGinley. Dr. McCormick is the Dorys McConnell Duberg professor of neuroscience and professor of psychology; vice director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience; director, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine. Title of talk: Towards Neural Circuits of Behavior.

Nov. 4, 2016: Richard Buxton, Ph.D.

Conference room Alkek N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab David Ress. Dr. Buxton is professor of radiology at the Center for Functional MRI at University of California San Diego School of Medicine.

Nov. 18, 2016: Chris De Zeeuw, Ph.D.

Conference room Alkek N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Nuo Li. Dr. De Zeeuw is professor and chair of Erasmus Neuroscience Department and Director of Netherland Institute for Neuroscience (Amsterdam, Netherlands). Title of talk: "It takes two to tango: cerebellar modules and learning rules

For historical reference: Seminar Speakers for December 2016 - February 2017

Dec. 2, 2016: Cristophe Bernard, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Dora Angelaki. Dr. Bernard is the head of the physiology & physiopathology of Brain Networks Group at the Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes at the Aix-Marseille Université. Title of talk: The dynamic epileptic brain.

Dec. 9, 2016: Jan-Marino (Nino) Ramirez, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Russell Ray. Dr. Ramirez is a professor of neurological surgery and director of the Center for Integrative Brain Research at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Title of talk: Dissecting the neuronal network mechanisms controlling breathing.

Jan. 6, 2017: Zachary Knight, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Hosted by Neuroscience graduate students. Dr. Knight is an assistant professor of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Title of talk: “The neurobiology of homeostasis”.

Jan. 13, 2017: David Leopold, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Michael Beauchamp. Dr. Leopold is chief of the Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging at the Laboratory of Neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health. Title of talk: “New perspectives on high-level visual specialization in the primate brain”.

Jan. 20, 2017: Jennifer Raymond, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab David Dickman. Dr. Raymond is associate professor of neurobiology at Stanford University. Title of talk: “Neural Learning Rules in the Cerebellum".

Feb. 24, 2017: Lennart Mucke, Ph.D.

Conference room N315 at 10:45 a.m. Host lab Jeannie Chin. Dr. Mucke is professor in the Department of Neurology at University of California, San Francisco. He also serves as the Joseph B. Martin Distinguished professor of neuroscience, and director and senior investigator of the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease. Title of Talk: "Overlapping Mechanisms and Therapeutic Opportunities in Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Disease"