Seminars and Seminar Archive

Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

Dr. Thomas Südhof and COBRE faculty

2013 Nobel Prize Winner, Dr. Thomas Südhof speaking with members of the University of Nevada, Reno COBRE faculty after giving a seminar at the university in March, 2013. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Amy Altick, Dr. Patricia Berninsone, Dr. Thomas Südhof and Dr. Ruben Dagda. Dr. Südhof was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in October, 2013.

Seminars

2017

  • October 26, 2017 9th Annual Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience AND Nevada COBRE Neuroscience Research Symposium, 12-5 PM, Pennington Health Science Building (PHS) Room 102. Key Note Speakers: Dr. Jeffery Cummings, MD, Luo Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Health, Las Vegas, and Dr. Marlene Behrmann, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • September 22, 2017 Annual Neuroscience Symposium (Integrative Neuroscience). 9 AM to 4 PM, Joe Crowley Student Union, Ballroom A. Key note speaker at 3 PM: Dr. Clark Elliott, College of Computing, DePaul University, Chicago.
  • September 20, 2017 – Jennifer Hoy, Ph.D., Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno: “A novel role for the NMDA receptor ‘subunit switch’ in the development of primary visual cortex structure and function", 4PM, Davidson Math and Science Center (DMSC), Room 105.
  • September 15, 2017 - Patricia Berninsone, Ph.D., Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno: "Protein glycosylation: From molecular recognition to nutrient-sensing metabolic regulation", 12-1 PM, Manville Auditorium at UNR Med.
  • May 24, 2017 - Cam Ha T. Tran, Ph.D., Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary: "Behavioral state dependence of cortical astrocyte Ca2+ signals during neurovascular coupling: a role for synaptic and vascular influences", 4 PM, Center for Molecular Medicine, CMM 111.
  • May 15, 2017 - Fabrice Dabertrand, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology, College of Medicine, University of Vermont: "Early disruption of neurovascular coupling in small vessel disease: a secondary manifestation of a potassium channelopathy-like defect", 2 PM, Center for Molecular Medicine, CMM 111.
  • May 2, 2017 - Bo Zhang, Ph.D., Departments of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford School of Medicine: "Neuroligins, Autism-associated Cell Adhesion Molecules, in Neuronal Circuits", 2:00 pm, Center for Molecular Medicine, CMM 111.
  • April 19, 2017 - William Sullivan, Ph.D., Department of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz: "Wolbachia African River Blindness, and the Dark Side of Symbiosis." 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science Building, DMS 102.
  • April 17, 2017 - Brian Rash, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, Yale University School of Medicine: "Cellular Basis of Metabolic Disease in the Developing Brain" 4:00 PM, Center for Molecular Medicine, CMM 111.
  • April 13, 2017 - Steven Mennerick, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, Washington University, St Louis: "Neuronal Metabolic Sensitivity and Resilience in a Stark Environment" 4:00 PM, Center for Molecular Medicine, CMM 111.
  • April 12, 2017 - Patricia Berninsone, Ph.D., Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno: "Protein Glycosylation: "From Molecular Recognition to Nutrient-Sensing Metabolic Regulation", 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science Building, DMS 102.
  • April 7, 2017 - Jung-Hwan Kim, Ph.D., Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno: "Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Size Control of Pre-synaptic Arbors" 12 noon, Manville Auditorium, UNR Med Campus.
  • April 5, 2017 - Thomas Gould, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine: "Functional Characterization of Terminal Perisynaptic Schwann Cells at the Mouse Neuromuscular Junction" 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science (DMS) 102.
  • March 29, 2017 - Ruben Dagda, Ph.D., Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine: "New Insights on Regulation of Mitochondrial Trafficking and Neuronal Development: Implications for Parkinson's Disease" 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science (DMS) 102.
  • March 15, 2017 - Grant Mastick, Ph.D., Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno: "Wiring up Muscles: Guiding Motor Neurons" 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science (DMS) 102.
  • February 16, 2017 - Michael Dickinson, Ph.D., CalTech: "Flies: How Understanding their Biology and Neurology can be Applied to Understanding Complex Systems" 7 pm, Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Math and Science Center (DMS).
  • February 8, 2017 - Timothy Gomez, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison: "Molecular Mechanisms of Growth Cone Invasion" 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science (DMS) 102.
  • February 2, 2017 - Gillian Moritz, Ph.D., Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University: "Vision in Dim Light: The Neuroecological and Evolutionary Context of Color Vision in Nocturnal Primates" 4 PM, Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) 111.
  • January 31, 2017 - Caroline Cobine, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine: "Functions of Interstitial Cells in the Control of Motility in the Internal Anal Sphincter" 2:30 PM, Center for Molecular Medicine (CMM) 111.

2016

  • December 15, 2016 - Lina Ni, Ph.D., Brandeis University, "Temperature and Humidity Sensation in Drosophila" 4 pm, Continued Education Building (CEB )108.
  • December 12, 2016 - Jie Liu, Ph.D., Life Science Institute, University of Michigan: "Functional Imaging at the Neuromuscular Junction" 12 pm, Davidson Math and Science Building (DMS) 102.
  • December 8, 2016 - Jennifer Hoy, PhD., Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon: "Wiring the Brain for Action: The Development of Vision from Molecular Mechanisms to Prey Capture Behavior" 1 PM, Davidson Math and Science Building (DMS) 102.
  • November 16, 2016 - Dennis Mathew, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Biology:
    "Functional Diversity among Olfactory Neurons" 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science Building (DMS) 105.
  • October 21, 2016 - Workshop: How to measure metabolism in live cells and tissues using the Seahorse XFeP Analyzer. Taught by Agilent Technologies/Seahorse Biosciences. This is a 6 ½ hour workshop (9AM-3:30PM) taking place in the Manville 1A conference room (Department of Pharmacology). For workshop details please contact or RVSP: Dr. Ruben Dagda rdagda@med.unr.edu, (775) 784-4121.
  • October 21, 2016 - Symposium: 8th Annual Symposium of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Speakers include Yong Zhang, Ph.D. (Biology), Bernard Drumm, Ph.D. (Physiology and Cell Biology) Benjamin Young, Ph.D. (Philosophy), and David Feil-Seifer, Ph.D. (Computer Science and Engineering). The keynote lecture will be by Martin Banks, Ph.D. (Psychology, UC Berkeley). From 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM, Room 101 in the Reynolds School of Journalism (RJS) at UNR.
  • October 19, 2016 - Anandasankar Ray, Ph.D., University of California, Riverside, Drosophila Lab: "Odors as Prophylactics for Disease Control" 4 PM, Davidson Math and Science Building (DMS) 105.
  • May 26, 2016 Daichi Kamiyama, PhD, UCSF, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry: "Specification of dendritogenesis site in Drosophila aCC motoneuron by membrane-enrichment of Pak1 through Dscam1" 11 AM, Fleischmann Building 337.
  • February 11, 2016 - Simon Pieraut, Ph.D., Scripps Research Institute, Dorris Neuroscience Center, Department of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience: "Nature and Nurture of Inhibitory Neuronal Circuits" at 12 (noon) in Fleischmann Building 301.
  • February 8, 2016 Jung Hwan Kim, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Life Sciences Institute: "Size control in presynaptic arbors: Implications in circuit formation" 12 noon, Fleischmann Building 301.
  • February 4, 2016 - Junghyup Suh, Ph.D., RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT: "Genetic Dissection of Episodic Memory" at 12 (noon) in Fleischmann Building 301.
  • February 1, 2016 - Karina Alvina, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York: "Mechanisms of Pre- and Post-Synaptic Plasticity in the Rodent Hippocampus" at 12 (noon) in Fleischmann Building 301.
  • January 28, 2016 - Lina Ni, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Brandeis University: "Temperature Sensation in Drosophila" at 12 (noon) in Fleischmann Building 301.
  • January 21, 2016 - Estuardo Robles, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany: "Towards a Cellular-Resolution Understanding of Visual System Form and Function" at 12 (noon) in Fleischmann Building 301.

2015

  • December 10, 2015 - Symposium: 7th Annual Symposium of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. Speakers include Fred Harris, Ph.D. (Computer Science and Engineering), Felicity Muth, Ph.D. (Biology), Yumei Feng M.D., Ph.D. (Physiology and Cell Biology/Pharmacology) and Brian Kirkpatrick, M.D. (Psychiatry). The keynote lecture will be from Steven Luck, PhD (Psychology, UC Davis MIND Institute). From 10 AM until 3:30 PM, Joe Crowley Student Union Theater at UNR.
  • November 12, 2015 - Workshop: How to measure metabolism in live cells and tissues using the Seahorse XFe24 Analyzer. Taught by Seahorse Bioscience. For workshop details please refer to the Cell Metabolism Workshop Flyer. Contact information and RVSP: Dr. Ruben Dagda rdagda@med.unr.edu, (775) 784-4121.
  • November 10, 2015 - Elizabeth Engle, M.D., Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute: "Human Disorders of Cranial Motor Neuron Development and Wiring" at 4:00pm in the Center of Molecular Medicine, Room 111.
  • November 5, 2015 - George Spirou, Ph.D., Professor, Otolaryngology, Physiology; Director, Center of Neuroscience, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV: "Wiring the Auditory Brainstem before Hearing Onset" at 4:00 pm in the Center of Molecular Medicine Building, Room 111.
  • October 8, 2015 - Gregory Macleod, Ph.D., Harriet L. Wilkes Honor College, Florida Atlantic University: "A Role for the Vesicular Glutamate Transporter in Presynaptic pH Homeostasis" at 4:00 pm in the Center of Molecular Medicine Building, Room 111.
  • September 3, 2015 - Gregory S. Barsh, M.D., Ph.D., Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology: "Genetics of Color Variation: Model Systems in a Post Genome World" at 4:00 pm in the Center of Molecular Medicine Building, Room 111.
  • April 13, 2015 - Suk Ho Eun, M.D., Ph.D., John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD: "Novel Role of Polycomb Group Genes in Drosophila Testes" at 11:00 am in the Pennington Medical Education Building, Room 12.
  • March 12, 2015 - Thomas L. Schwarz, Ph.D., Professor, F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center, Children's Hospital, Boston and Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA: "Moving and Removing Mitochondria in Neurons" at 4:00 pm in the Center for Molecular Medicine.

2014

  • December 4, 2014 - David Chan, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Biology, California Institute of Technology: "Metabolic control of mitochondrial dynamics"
  • November 21, 2014 - Annual Symposium of the Sierra Nevada Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience with Key Note Speaker: Dr. Ebenezer Yamoah, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine: "Changing the paradigm in sensory physiology: Distinction between primary receptors and neurons is blurred"
  • October 23, 2014 - Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University: "Optical Deconstruction of Fully-Assembled Biological Systems"
  • October 2, 2014 - Wesley Jay Thompson, Ph.D., Department of Biology, Interdisciplinary Life Sciences, Texas A&M University: "Schwann cells, neuregulin, and synapse elimination at the neuromuscular junction"
  • August 29, 2014 - Charlie Chubb, Ph.D., Cognitive Sciences, UC Irvine: "Cuttlefish Camouflage"
  • August 22, 2014 - Dr. Aaron Gitler, Department of Genetics, Stanford University: "High-throughput genetic screens to define mechanisms of human neurodegenerative diseases"
  • July 22, 2014 - Ebenezer Yamoah, Ph.D., Department of Neuroscience/Anesthesiology and pain Medicine, university of California, Davis: "The technical qualities and mechanisms of hearing"
  • April 17, 2014 - Benjamin Kidder, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health: "Epigenetic Regulation of Embryonic and Trophoblast Stem Cell Fate"
  • April 14, 2014 - Delphine Fagegaltier, Ph.D., HHMI-Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Springs Harbor Lab in Cold Springs Harbor, NY: "Sexual identity in development and disease: Small RNAs with big effects"
  • March 17, 2014 - Dr. Ken Nakamura, University of California, San Francisco: "Understanding Mitochondrial Pathobiology in Susceptible Neurons"
  • March 13, 2014 - Dr. Mel Goodale (Brain Mind Institute, University Western Ontario) and Brian Bushway (World Access for the Blind): "How the blind use tongue clicks to navigate the world" Brain Awareness Week

2013

  • December 12, 2013 - Dr. Toh Hean Ch'ng, UCLA: "Synapse to nucleus signal transduction in neurons: How long distance transport of soluble proteins impacts transcription-dependent plasticity"
  • December 9, 2013 - Dr. Kevin Collins, Yale University: "Mechanisms controlling alternate activity states in a motor behavior circuit in C. elegans"
  • December 6, 2013- Dr. Jay Neitz, University of Washington "Reweaving the rainbow: color vision"
  • December 5, 2013 - Rajarshi Ghosh, Ph.D., Princeton University ‘Genetic basis of natural variation in nervous systems and behavior'
  • December 2, 2013 - Yong Zhang, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School. "Post-transcriptional regulation of circadian clocks in Drosophila"
  • November 25, 2013 - Dr. Dennis Mathew, Yale University: ‘Functional Dissection of an Olfactory Circuit'
  • November 21, 2013 - Nancy Linford, Ph.D., University of Michigan: ‘Sensory-Metabolic Interactions in Sleep Regulation'
  • June 27, 2013 - Kendal Broadie, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. "The Fragile X mental retardation protein regulates trans-synaptic signaling"
  • April 15, 2013 - Dr. Sruti Shiva, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine: "The mighty mitochondrion: a mediator of redox signaling in cardiovascular health and disease"
  • March 29, 2013 - Dr. Thomas Sudhof, - NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IN 2013 - Stanford University, "Synaptic Membrane Traffic - from Molecules to Memory"

2012

  • Dec. 12, 2012 - Thomas Kidd, Ph.D., "Wiring the Brain: Life and Death in the Nervous System"
  • Nov. 16, 2012 - Amanda Burnham-Marusich, Ph.D. candidate, "A new method for glycoprotein discovery in Caenorhabditis elegans reveals that multiple proteins with mitochondrial function have glycosylated isoforms"
  • Nov. 14, 2012 - Kendal Broadie, Ph.D., "Trans-synaptic signaling in development and disease"
  • Sept. 13, 2012 - Ruben Dagda, Ph.D. "Mitochondrial serine/threonine kinases and phosphatases modulate mitochondrial health, mitochondrial turnover and cytoskeletal dynamics in neurons"
  • Aug. 24, 2012 - Christopher Deppmann, Ph.D. "Signaling underlying peripheral nervous system development, function, and disease"
  • June 11, 2012 - Ravi Muddashetty, Ph.D. "MicroRNAs: Modulators of Neuronal Activity"
  • June 8, 2012 - Ruben Dagda, Ph.D. "Reversible Phosphorylation at the Outer Mitochondrial Membrane Regulates Mitochondrial Function, Mitophagy and Neuronal Survival"
  • June 6, 2012 - Thomas Gould, Ph.D. "Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms Contributing to the Degeneration of the Neuromuscular Junction during Development and Disease"
  • June 4, 2012 - Marija Cvetanovic, Ph.D. "Parallel lives of VEGF: Neurovascular Connection"
  • May 8, 2012 - Qi Wan, M.D., Ph.D. "Differential regulation of NMDA receptor function by DJ-1 and PINK1"
  • April 16, 2012 - Janet Bickel, M.A. "Maximizing Your Impact as a Mentor and Role Model and Obtaining the Mentoring You Need"
  • Mar. 14, 2012 - J. Werner, Ph.D. "Optical imaging of the retina: The most accessible structure in the central nervous system"
  • Feb. 17, 2012 - R. Renden, Ph.D. "Functional studies of synapse development and modulation"
  • Feb. 14, 2012 - A. Dillin, Ph.D. "Humoral control of proteostasis and aging"
  • Feb. 13, 2012 - D. Kaganovich, Ph.D. "The endogenous IPOD compartment manages misfolded protein aggregation and dis-aggregation."
  • Feb. 10, 2012 - M. Pellegrino, Ph.D. "Molecular mechanisms of sensory detection"
  • Jan. 11, 2012 - C. Morris, M.D. "Williams Syndrome: from bedside to bench and back"

2011

  • Dec. 6, 2011 - T. Kidd, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno. Department of Biology. "Fruit fly nervous systems: from wiring to behavior"
  • Dec. 1, 2011 - F. Sharp, M.D., University of California, Davis MIND Institute. "How blood injures the brain."
  • Oct. 13, 2011 - D. Lidke, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, School of Medicine Pathology Department. "Single quantum dot tracking to correlate membrane receptor dynamics with signaling"