Departmental Seminar Series 2014-2015



Date Speaker Institution Title Host Time/Place
 11 Christian Naus & Jacqueline Firkins Departments of CPS & Theatre and Film, UBC Gap junctions, glial networks and models of neurological disease. S Clee 12:30-1:30LSC3
 18 Parisa Asghari PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology, UBC
Dynamic Distribution of Ryanodine Receptors in Cardiac Muscles.
E Moore 12:30-1:30LSC3
 2 Richard Mann Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University, NYC Flies fly but they also walk: a genetic analysis of leg development and walking. G Tanentzapf & D Altschuler 12:30-1:30LSC3
16 Chris Maxwell CFRI Mitotic spindle orientation and asymmetric cell division requires the cytoskeletal protein RHAMM. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
23 Will Lockwood BC Cancer Agency
Integrating Clinical, Functional and Chemical Genomics to
Understand Lung Cancer Biology
G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
30 Dan Coombs Math, UBC Simulation and modeling approaches to T cell signaling and cell cytotoxicity. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
13 Louis Lefebvre Dept of Medical Genetics, UBC Genomic imprinting in the trophoblast lineage: from placental phenotypes to genome-wide epigenetic studies in trophoblast stem cells. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
20 Arya Mehran PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology, UBC Effects of Insulin Gene Dosage on Body Weight and Glucose Homeostasis. J Johnson 12:30-1:30LSC3
27 Joy Richman Professor, Dept of Oral Health Sciences, UBC Evo-Devo studies on the teeth and jaws of reptiles. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
4 Anne-Claude Gingras Lunenfeld Institute, University of Toronto Signaling interactome dynamics in health and disease. C Yip & Filip Van Petegem 12:30-1:30LSC3
18 Stefano Brigidi PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, UBC Regulation of cadherin-based adhesion and synapse plasticity by palmitoylated δ-catenin. S Bamji 12:30-1:30LSC3
8 Monica Castellanos Postdoctoral Fellow, Allan Lab, CPS, UBC Dimorphic differentiation of female-specific neuronal populations and behavior in Drosophila. D Allan 12:30-1:30LSC3
15 Cal Roskelley Professor, CPS, UBC From Morphogenesis to Metastasis: Modified By The Mechanical Changes In The Matrix. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
29 Tim O’Connor Professor, CPS, UBC Semaphorins:  complicated barriers to neuronal growth and plasticity G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
5 John Burke Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Microbiology, U Vic Defining the molecular basis of regulation of phosphoinositide kinases and their roles in disease using an integrated biophysical approach. C Loewen & C Yip (BMB) 12:30-1:30LSC3
6 Thomas Simmen (Ext examiner for Lei Li) Associate Professor, Dept of Cell Biology, University of Alberta The Mitochondria-Associated Membrane (MAM): A Cellular Structure where Redox and Rabs decide on Cancer and Neurodegeneration I R Nabi 10:00-11:00 LSC1510
12 Lei Li PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Cell & Developmental Biology Unraveling the role of Gp78/AMFR, an E3 ubiquitin ligase and cell surface receptor, in cancer progression. I R Nabi 12:30-1:30LSC3
26 Mike Gordon Assistant Professor, Zoology, UBC Dissecting taste and feeding circuits in Drosophila. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
MARCH 2015
5 Matthew Hill Assistant Professor, Depts of Cell Biology & Anatomy/ Psychiatry, University of Calgary
Endocannabinoids as Multi-modal Regulators of the Stress Response.
J Weinberg 12:30-1:30LSC3
12 Fergil Mills PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, UBC The Role of β-catenin and the Cadherin Adhesion Complex in Synaptic Plasticity, Learning and Addiction. S Bamji 12:30-1:30LSC3
19 Angela Stathopoulos Professor of Biology, Control and Dynamical Systems (CDS), Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA Coordinate Migration of Mesoderm Cells in the Drosophila Embryo. McClintock Lecture – Mike Gordon & Guy Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
26 Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan Professor of Cell Biology, Neurosciences and Physiology, Weill Cornell Medical College New York
Retinal cell polarity, terminal differentiation and disease: key roles of the Retinal Pigment Epithelium.
I.R. Nabi 12:30-1:30LSC3
APRIL 2015
2 Joe Nadeau Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (Seattle) From Peas to Disease, Mendel 2.0: Complex traits, epistasis and epigenetics for metabolic diseases and cancers. S Clee 12:30-1:30LSC3
16 Shernaz Bamji Associate Professor, CPS, UBC
Making Memories Stick: Cadherin Adhesion Molecules at the Synapse.
G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
23 Frederic Picard University of Laval Molecular links between aging and energy metabolism. S Clee 12:30-1:30LSC3
30 Brenda R. Kwak University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland Pannexin-dependent signalling in platelet aggregation and thrombosis. E Conway (CBR) and C Naus 1:30-2:30LSC3
MAY 2015
1 Charles Lai Dept of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA Visualization and tracking of tumor extracellular vesicle delivery and RNA translation using multiplexed reporters. LSI and C Naus 3:00-4:00LSC3
7 Ed Moore Professor, CPS, UBC Structure/Function Relationships in Cardiac Muscle: The Dynamic Dyad. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
14 Hannu Larjava Professor & Chair, Division of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene, Dentistry, UBC Integrin avb6: important regulator of enamel formation and periodontal inflammation. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
25 Peter Walter (The 11th D. Harold Copp Lecture) Professor and Chair, Dept of Biochemistry/Biophysics, UCSF; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Unfolded Protein Response in Health and Disease. I R Nabi 4:00-5:00 LSC1
28 Tim Jegla Assistant Professor of Biology, Penn State University, PA, USA What can sea anemone and comb jelly ion channels tell us about the evolution of the nervous system. E Accili 12:30-1:30LSC3
JUNE 2015



Clemens Cabernard Professor, Asymmetric Cell Division of Neural Stem Cells, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Switzerland The molecular cell biology and mechanics of asymmetric stem cell division. G Tanentzapf 12:30-1:30LSC3
JULY 2015
20 Jeff Gerst Scientist, Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel The transcriptome in transit: RNA trafficking and control of cell physiology I R Nabi 12:30-1:30LSC3
27 UNAVAILABLE Medical Orientation Week