Department of Neuroscience

Seminar Series

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Neuroscience seminars attract distinguished leaders and scientists from around the United States and internationally. The 2019/2020 Neuroscience Department Seminar Series will launch on Sept. 13, 2019 and conclude June 5, 2020. 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.

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Seminar Speakers February – April 3, 2020

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Feb. 14, 2020: Jennifer Dulin, Ph.D. 

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Jennifer Dulin is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Seminar title: “Building New Connections in the Injured Spinal Cord with Neural Progenitor Cell Grafts.” Seminar host: Matthew Rasband, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine

Rescheduled to May 22, 2020: Dayu Lin, Ph.D.

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(previously Feb. 21, 2020)
Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m.
 Dr. Dayu Lin is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Departments of Neuroscience and Physiology at New York University School of Medicine. Seminar title: To be Announced. Seminar host: Benjamin Arenkiel, Ph.D., associate professor in the Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

March 6, 2020: Greg Corrado, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m.  Dr. Greg Corrado is Principal Scientist and Director of Augmented Intelligence Research at Google AI. Seminar title: To be Announced. Seminar host: Trent Watkins, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.  

CANCELED March 13, 2020: Kira Poskanzer, Ph.D. 

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m.  Dr. Kira Poskanzer is an assistant professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. Seminar title: “Astrocytic Regulation of Cortical Synchrony.” Seminar host: Ben Deneen, Ph.D., professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience, and The Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Center at Baylor College of Medicine. 

CANCELED March 20, 2020: Jun Ding, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m.  Dr. Jun Ding is an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neurology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Seminar title: "Endogenous Synaptic Function of a-Synuclein." Seminar host: Joanna Jankowsky, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

CANCELED March 27, 2020: Karla Kaun, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m.  Dr. Karla Kaun is the Robert and Nancy Carney Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Brown University.  Seminar title: "To drink or Not(ch) to drink: Molecular mechanisms through which alcohol influences memory in Drosophila." Seminar host: Shinya Yamamoto, D.V.M. Ph.D., assistant professor, Departments of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital.

Seminar to be Rescheduled: Jennifer M. Groh, Ph.D.

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(previously April 3, 2020)
Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m.
  Dr. Groh is a professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University. Seminar title: To be Announced. Seminar host: Jeffrey Min-In Yau, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.

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April - May Seminar Speaker Schedule will be announced soon

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If you have any questions about seminar series schedule, please contact Sheila Gurwitch at gurwitch@bcm.edu.

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Seminar Speakers December 2019 – January 2020

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Dec. 6, 2019: Dwight Bergles, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Dwight Bergles is a professor in The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience and in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Seminar title: "Creating new myelin in the adult brain: A mechanism for plasticity and repair" Seminar 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.

Dec. 13, 2019: Okihide Hikosaka, M.D., Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Okihide Hikosaka is the Neuronal Networks Section Chief at the National Eye Institute at NIH. Seminar title: "Parallel basal ganglia circuits for reward value-guided behavior" Seminar host: Matthew McGinley, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Jan. 10, 2020: Anthony Zador, M.D., Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Anthony Zador is the Alle Davis Harris Professor of Biology and Chair of Neuroscience at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He is also the Co-founder of the Computational and Systems Neuroscience conference (Cosyne). Seminar title: "From Connectome to Computation" Seminar host: Jacob Reimer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.

Jan. 17, 2020: Elizabeth A. Buffalo, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Elizabeth Buffalo is a professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Chief of the Neuroscience Division at the Washington National Primate Research Center. Seminar title: "Bridging the Gap Between the Spatial and Mnemonic Views of the Hippocampus" Seminar host: Brett Foster, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.

Jan. 24, 2020: Jenny Hsieh, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Jenny Hsieh is a professor and Director of the Brain Health Consortium, and Semmes Foundation Chair in Cell Biology at University of Texas at San Antonio. Seminar title: "Modeling genetic epilepsies with human iPSCs and brain" This seminar is hosted by postdoctoral fellows in the Neuroscience Department at Baylor College of Medicine, represented by Dr. Heather Born who is a Postdoctoral Associate in Anne Anderson Lab in The Cain Laboratories and Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s and Baylor College of Medicine.

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Seminar Speakers September – November 2019

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Sept. 13, 2019: Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.

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NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: 187A Cullen/Jaworski Classroom at 11 a.m. Dr. Gary Sieck is the Vernon F. and Earline D. Dale Professor of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering at Mayo Clinic and a Mayo Distinguished Investigator. He served as Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering from 2002-2014, Dean for Research Academic Affairs from 2006-2012 and Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program in the Mayo Graduate School from 2001-2013. Seminar title: “Promoting Recovery from Cervical Spinal Cord Injury.” Seminar host: Russell Ray, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and McNair Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine.

Sept. 20, 2019: Kimberley Tolias, Ph.D.

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NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Room 187A Cullen/Jaworski Classroom at 11 a.m. Dr. Kimberley Tolias is an associate professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine. Seminar title: "Cytoskeletal Signaling Critical for Synapse Development, Plasticity, and Repair." Seminar host: Andy Groves, Ph.D., professor in the Departments of Neuroscience and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine.

Oct. 4, 2019: Joseph C. Masdeu, M.D., Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Joseph Masdeu is the Graham Family Distinguished Chair in Neurological Sciences at the Houston Methodist Institute of Academic Medicine and Director of the Houston Methodist Nantz National Alzheimer Center. Seminar title: "Brain tau and inflammation in human diseases leading to dementia." Seminar host: Michael Beauchamp, Ph.D., professor and Vice Chair of Basic Research in the Department of Neurosurgery and a professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine.

Oct. 25, 2019: Oleksandr (Alex) Shcheglovitov, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Alex Shcheglovitov is an assistant professor in the Departments of Neurobiology & Anatomy, Psychiatry, and Bioengineering at the University of Utah. Seminar title: “Single rosette-derived telencephalic organoids for modeling human brain development and disorders.” Seminar host: Xiaolong Jiang, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and Investigator at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital.

Nov. 1, 2019: Anna Devor, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Anna Devor is an associate professor in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. Seminar title: “Microscopic Foundation of Non-invasive Imaging.” Seminar host: David Ress, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.

Nov. 8, 2019: Marla Feller, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Marla Feller is a professor of Neurobiology in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at University of California, Berkeley. Seminar title: Wiring up direction selective circuits in the retina: nature or nurture? Seminar host: Melanie Samuel, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience and the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine.

Nov. 15, 2019: Ehud Isacoff, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Ehud Isacoff is a professor of Neurobiology and the Evan Rauch Chair in Neuroscience University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Director of Berkley Neuroscience and he heads the Berkeley Molecular Imaging Center and the Berkeley-Zeiss Brain Microscopy Innovation Center. Seminar title: "Super-resolution optical analysis of synaptic transmission and plasticity." Seminar host: Andreas Tolias, Ph.D., professor and Founder and Director of the Center for Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence in the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine.

Nov. 22, 2019: Tirin Moore, Ph.D.

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Conference room N315, Alkek at 11 a.m. Dr. Tirin Moore is a professor of Neurobiology at Stanford. Seminar title: "Toward circuit-level mechanisms of perception and cognition in the primate brain” Seminar host: Michael Beauchamp, Ph.D., professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience and Director of the Core for Advanced MRI at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Seminar Series Journal Club

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Join us! Seminar Series Journal Club is held Wednesdays preceding the week's Friday speaker.

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Additional Journal Clubs

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