Weekly Seminars

As a part of the Departmental Seminar series and often in collaboration with other OHSU units, we are proud to host a range of speakers from across the nation and around the world. The varied topics and expertise are a stimulus for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students alike. External speakers generally share lunch with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows during their visits. Upcoming seminars and lectures

April 19, 2022
"Delta cell regulation of beta cell function" presented by Maria Golson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, John Hopkins University

April 12, 2022
"Translational chemical probes to image immune function in humans" Presented by Prof Marc Vendrell, University of Edinburgh

April 5, 2022
"Molecular insights into psychedelic drug actions" Presented by: Bryan Roth, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor, UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

March 29, 2022
Regulation of Calcium Oscillations in β-Cells by Co-activated Cannabinoid Receptors” and "Developing small molecules to probe the nuclear lamina in live cells" Presented by: Aurelien Laguerre, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Scholar, Schultz Lab and Julia Warren, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Scholar, Xiao Lab

March 15, 2022
"Chemical control of Cullin-RING E3 ligase neddylation" Presented by: Danny Scott, Ph.D., Sr. Scientist, Department of Structural Biology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 

March 8, 2022
Student Seminar: "Elucidating the Role of ACE2 in Acute Kidney Injury" and "Exploring the roles of host lipids during SARS-CoV-2 infection" Presented by: Jackie Emathinger, BS, Grad Student Gurley Lab & Scotty Farley, BA, Grad Student Tafessee and Schultz Labs

February 15, 2022
"Flow-based methods for chemical protein synthesis" Presented by: Nina Hartrampf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich

February 8, 2022
Designing a SWELL drug to treat metabolic syndrome" Presented by: Rajan Sah, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Washington University in St. Louis

 February 1, 2022
"Targeting Translation Inhibition as a Therapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer" Presented by: Sanjay Malhotra, Ph.D., FRSC, Professor, Cell, Development & Cancer Biology, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University

January 25, 2022
"New Covalent Bonding Ability for Proteins" Presented by: Lei Wang, Ph.D., Professor, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco 

January 11, 2022
"In-Situ Confinement and Rewiring of Membrane Receptors by Nanotools and Light" Presented by: Robert Tampé, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Institute of Biochemistry Goethe University Frankfurt

January 4, 2022
"Sweet Debate: The Role of Sugar and Fructose in Metabolic Syndrome, Alcohol Use Disorder and Kidney Disease" Presented by Miguel Lanaspa, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nephrology & Hypertension, Oregon Health & Science University

December 14, 2021
"USP36 & The Nucleolar RNA Exosome" Presented by Mushui Dai, Professor of Molecular & Medical Genetics, Oregon Health & Science University 

December 13, 2021
"The Ubiquitin-Mediated Proteolytic System: From Basic Mechanisms and on to Human Diseases and Drug Targeting" Presented by: Nobel Laureate Dr. Aaron Ciechanover, Technion Israel Institute of Technology

December 7, 2021
"Cyclic Dinucleotide Signaling Via Non-STING-TBK1-IRF3 Pathways" Presented by Dr. Herman Sintim, Purdue University

November 30, 2021
Student seminar: Janelle Tobias, B.S., and Daniel Sanderson, B.S.

November 23, 2021
Student seminar: Matt Blake, B.S., and Michael Berry, M.S.

November 16, 2021
Student seminar: Julia Huey, B.S., and Alina Krollenbrock, M.S.

November 9, 2021
"Incorporation and Consequences of Post-transcriptional Uridine Modifications in mRNAs" Presented by: Kristin Koutmou, University of Michigan

October, 26, 2021
"Dancing to a Different Tune: TANGO Gives Hope for Dravet Syndrome" Presented by Lori Isom, Ph.D., Chair & Maurice H. Seevers Collegiate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan 

October 19, 2021
Student seminar: Gina Calco, B.S.E., and Rich Posert, B.A.

October 12, 2021
"Sweet Journey to a Sugar-coated Trail: Protein glycosylation & secretion in Gram-positive bacteria" Presented by Hui Wi, Ph.D., Professor of Integrative Biosciences, Oregon Health & Science University

October 5, 2021
"Unexplored frontiers in Bacterial Peptidoglycan: New Evidence and the Historical Paradigm" Presented by Gyanu Lamichhane, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, John Hopkins University

September 28, 2021
"Approaches to Developing Potent & Selective Inhibitors for Methyltransferases" Presented by Rong Huang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University

June 15, 2020
“Membrane protein biogenesis and assembly at the mammalian ER” presented by Rebecca Voorhees, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering California Institute of Technology

June 8, 2020
“Structural Basis for Gating of Mechanosensitive Channels” presented by Peng Yuan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology Center for the Investigation of Membrane Excitability Diseases Washington University School of Medicine

June 1, 2020
“Synthetic biology approaches to study and exploit RNA regulation” presented by Bryan Dickinson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry University of Chicago

May 25, 2020
“Use of fluorescent D-amino acids for the study of peptidoglycan biosynthesis and bacterial cell division” presented by Michael S. VanNieuwenhze, Ph.D., Standiford H. Cox Professor of Chemistry Department of Chemistry, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Indiana University

May 18, 2020
“Cilia related proteins in neurons as novel regulators of metabolism and cardiovascular function” presented by Kamal Rahmouni, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience & Pharmacology University of Iowa

May 11, 2020
“Genetically encoded chemistries to read and write biology” presented by Abhishek Chatterjee, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Boston College

May 4, 2020
"Lipid-dependent structural transitions in the native lens gap junction Cx46/50" and “Trace Amine-Associated Receptor 1 Intracellular Localization and Trafficking” presented by Jonathan Flores, M.S., Grad Student Reichow Lab and Julie Huey, B.S., Grad Student Janowsky Lab

April 27, 2020
“Investigating the role of trace amines in the pancreatic islet" and "Global lipidomics of SARSCoV-2 proteins reveals druggable dependence on host lipids" presented by Kaya Keutler, M.S., Grad Student Schultz Lab and Scotty Farley, B.A., Grad Student Schultz & Tafesse Lab

April 20, 2020
"OncoPPi: A Network of Cancer associated Protein-Protein Interactions to Inform Therapeutic Strategies" presented by Haian Fu, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Director of the Emory Chemical Biology Discovery Center

April 13, 2020 
"How do cells sense force and why is it important?" presented by Swetha Murthy, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist/Professor, Vollum Institute Oregon Health & Science University

April 6, 2020
“Targeting gastrointestinal cancers with aldehyde dehydrogenase Inhibitors” presented by James Chen, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Systems Biology Stanford University

March 30, 2020
"Can Modulating Endocannabinoid System Treat Headache?" presented by Tally Largent-Milnes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology University of Arizona

December 15, 2020
“Investigating migraine pathophysiology using preclinical animal models” presented by Gregory Dussor, Ph.D., Associate Professor Neuroscience, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas

December 8, 2020
“Chemical tools to discover and target glycoproteins on pathogenic bacteria” presented by Danielle Dube, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Director of the Biochemistry Program Bowdoin College

December 1, 2020
“Type 1 diabetes – from biomarkers to therapeutic targets” presented by Ernesto Nakayasu, Ph.D., Scientist, Biological Science Division, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

November 17, 2020
“A zinc-centric approach for studying human islet physiology & diabetes” presented by Wen-Hong Li, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cell Biology and of Biochemistry, UTSW Medical Center

November 3, 2020
“Toward the ENaC Transmembrane Domain" and “Evaluating the effects of palmitoylethanolamide signaling on GSIS with spatiotemporal control” presented by Rich Posert, B.A., Grad Student Baconguis Lab and Janelle Tobias, B.S. Grad Student Frank Lab

October 27, 2020
“Unfolded Protein Response in Cardiometabolic Health and Disease” presented by Ebru Erbay, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center & David Geffen School of Medicine

October 13, 2020
“Stem Cell Models of the Peripheral Nervous System Disorder Familial Dysautonomia” presented by Nadja Zeltner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center of Molecular Medicine, University of Georgia

October 8, 2020
"The role of 4S-CSPGs during sympathetic nerve regeneration following myocardial infarction" and "Detecting conformational states of GPCRs by tryptophaninduced quenching of fluorescence" presented by Matthew Blake, BS, Grad Student Habecker Lab and Anthony Shumate, BS, Grad Student Farrens Lab

October 1, 2020
“An inhibitory sub-population of intrinsically photosensitive ganglion cells in the dorsal retina forms a visual streak for subconscious vision" & “Development of clinically relevant AAV vectors for systemically-delivered CNS gene therapy using transcription dependent directed evolution"” presented by Michael Berry, MS, Grad Student Sivyer Lab, and Samuel Huang, BA & BS, Grad Student Nakai Lab