Molecular and Medical Genetics | Genome Science Seminar Series

The Genome Sciences Hub integrates basic science and clinical faculty across OHSU who work in disciplines of genetics and genomics, epigenetics, rare disease genetics, genome technologies and computational biology, stem cell and developmental biology, cancer genetics, and gene therapy. Faculty within the Hub apply multidisciplinary approaches, including single gene and single cell technologies, gene therapies, transcriptional pathway and whole genome analyses, and animal models of disease.

The interdisciplinary nature of this Hub is based on the combined basic science and clinical composition of the Department of Molecular & Medical Genetics that will cultivate interactions between the basic sciences and the clinical researchers and practitioners. The goals of the Genome Sciences Seminar Series are to facilitate interactions among faculty and trainees and to provide an opportunity to expand breadth and depth of knowledge in a variety of Genetic research areas that both complement and expand attendees areas of research focus. The Genome Sciences seminar will host 4 to 5 outside speakers for the benefit of the entire OHSU science community. We will also host OHSU faculty and trainees or students and postdoctoral fellows throughout the year. 

Time: Mondays, September through June 12-1pm
Streaming online via Webex
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September 27, 2021

Presenter: Abdenour Soufi, Ph.D

Seminar Title: "Mechanistic insights into controlling cell identity by transcription factors"

October 4,2021

Presenter: R. Stephen Lloyd, PhD

Seminar Title: "Drivers of hepatocellular carcinogenesis – roles of DNA repair and replication"

October 11, 2021

Presenter: John Brigande, PhD

Seminar Title: "Gene Therapy for Congenital Deafness"

October 18, 2021

No Molecular and Medical Genetics Genome Science Seminar 

October 25, 2021

Presenter: Dwight Koeberl, MD, PhD

Seminar Title: "AAV gene therapy for glycogen storage diseases"

November 1, 2021

Presenter: Oleg Varlamov, PhD

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November 8, 2021

Presenter: Eric Goetzman, PhD

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November 15, 2021

Presenter: Claudio Mello MD, PhD

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November 22, 2021

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November 29, 2021

Presenter: Mushui Dai, PhD

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December 6, 2021

Presenter: Joshua Saldivar, PhD

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December 13, 2021


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December 20, 2021

No Molecular and Medical Genetics Genome Science Seminar 

December 27, 2021

No Molecular and Medical Genetics Genome Science Seminar 

January 3, 2022


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January 10, 2022

Presenter: Daniel Liefwalker, PhD

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January 17, 2022

No Molecular and Medical Genetics Genome Science Seminar 

January 24, 2022


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January 31, 2022


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February 7, 2022

Presenter: Taisuke Furusho, PhD

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February 14, 2022

Presenter: Anusha Sairavi , PhD

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February 21, 2022

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February 28, 2022

Presenter: Sebeeha Merchant, PhD

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March 7, 2022

Presenter: Patrick Worth, MD

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March 14, 2022

Presenter: Gurkan Galip Yardimci 

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March 21, 2022

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March 28, 2022

Presenter: Ellen Sidransky, MD NIH

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April 4, 2022

Presenter: Anne Vonada

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April 11, 2022

No Molecular and Medical Genetics Genome Science Seminar 

April 18, 2022

Presenter: Eve Lowenstein

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April 25, 2022

Presenter: Kevin MacPherson 

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May 2, 2022

Presenter: Steve S Rich, PhD

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May 9, 2022


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May 16, 2022

Presenter: Zinab Doha

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May 23, 2022

Presenter: Shannon Babcock

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May 30, 2022

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June 6, 2022

Presenter: Michael Martinez

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October 5, 2020

Presenter: Thomas M. Vondriska, Ph.D. University of California

Seminar Title: "A chromatin structural model for complex cardiovascular disease"

October 12, 2020

Presenter: Gail Mandel, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Vollum Institute

Seminar Title: "Rett syndrome: Insights from a rare disorder"

October 19, 2020

Presenter: Jonathan Brody, Ph.D. Director of Surgical Research

Seminar Title: "Can we target an element of pancreatic cancer cells’ pro-survival phenotype?"

October 26, 2020

Presenter: Nathalie Pamir, Ph.D., Depts. of Medicine & Biochemistry

Seminar Title:  "High density lipoprotein in cardiovascular disease and stroke among Whites and Blacks: The good cholesterol not so good in Blacks"

November 2, 2020

Presenter: Lea M. Starita, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor, Genome Sciences, University of Washington

Seminar Title: "Getting to community surveillance for COVID-19"

November 9, 2020

Presenter: Ellen Langer, Ph.D., OHSU

Seminar Title: "A role for the prolyl isomerase PIN1 in fibroblast activation in pancreatic cancer"

November 16, 2020

Presenter: Allison Allen, M.D

Seminar Title: "cfDNA for Monogenic Disorders"

November 30, 2020

Presenter: Dr. Alejandro Lomniczi, Research Assistant Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center

Seminar Title: "Epigenetic Writers, Readers and Erasers in the Control of Female Puberty"

December 7, 2020

Presenter: Cedric Feschotte, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University

Seminar Title: "Fighting Fire with Fire: Endogenous Retroviruses Boost Human Immunity"

January 11, 2021

Presenter: Rita Cervera Juanes, Ph.D., OHSU

Seminar Title: "Investigating the neuroepigenome to identify targets for the treatment of alcohol use disorders"

January 25, 2021

Presenter: Adam Krieg, Ph.D., OHSU

Seminar Title: "Physiological Hypoxia As a Regulator of Ovarian Biology"

February 1, 2021

Presenter: Jared Fischer, Ph.D., OHSU

Seminar Title: "Nanomaterials for enhanced viral vector delivery and cancer detection"

February 8, 2021
February 22, 2021

Presenter: Megan Dennis, Ph.D., UC Davis

Seminar Title: "Using zebrafish to test neurodevelopmental genes important in human disease and evolution"

March 8, 2021

Presenter: Elaine A. Ostrander, Ph.D.

Seminar Title: “Four legs, fuzzy coat, a tail and a woof: How evolution got there”

March 15, 2021

Presenter: Casey Thornton, MMG Graduate Student, Andrew Adey Lab

Seminar Title: "Characterizing glial chromatin accessibility in the human cortex and hippocampus"

April 5, 2021

Presenter: Kevin Costello, Graduate Student, Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope

Seminar Title: "The role of Transposable elements in regulation and evolution"

April 26, 2021

Presenter: Eve Lowenstein, MMG Graduate Student Adey Lab

Seminar Title: "Effects of frontotemporal dementia associated Tau mutations on nuclear organization in a Drosophila melanogaster human tauopathy model"

May 3, 2021

Presenter: Sara Gosline, Ph.D., P.N.N.L.

Seminar Title: “Harnessing the power of ‘omics in rare disease: Lessons from building cohorts, model systems, and algorithms in Neurofibromatosis 1”

May 10, 2021

Presenter: Alejandro Aballay, Ph.D. Chair, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine

Seminar Title:  "C. elegans as a model host to study the role of the neural-gut axis in immune response against bacterial pathogenetic disease models"

May 17, 2021

Presenter: Carsten Shultz, Ph.D., Chair, Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine

Seminar Title: "Lessons learned from genetic disease models"

May 24, 2021

Presenter: Zinab Doha, MMG Graduate Student

Seminar Title: "Myc Regulation of The Therapeutic Responses in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer"

June 7, 2021

Presenter: Hisham Mohammed, Ph.D Assistant Professor, Medical and Molecular Genetics

Seminar Title: "Multi-omics single-cell approach reveals transcriptional and epigenetic plasticity in hormone driven cancers "