Vollum Seminars | 2018-19 Academic Year

2018 Seminars: October–December

October 10
Vollum Special Seminar: Glutamate receptor evolution: Bacteria, Ctenophores, Drosophila and more
Mark Mayer, Ph.D.
Scientist Emeritus, NICHD Section on Neurophysiology and Biophysics, NIH
Host: Eric Gouaux

October 11
Action encoding during anxiety
Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU
Host: Marc Freeman

October 18
Neuronal correlates of perception in mouse visual cortex
Lindsey Glickfeld, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Duke University
Host: Skyler Jackman

November 8
Molecular mechanisms of electrical synapse formation
Adam Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Oregon
Host: Kevin Wright

November 15
Innate immune mechanisms of experience-dependent neural circuit remodeling
Anna Molofsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
Host: Kelly Monk

November 29
Watching brain in action: Creating molecular tools for functional analysis of neural circuitry
Lin Tian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of California, Davis
Host: Tianyi Mao

December 3
Vollum Special Seminar: In vivo optical imaging and manipulation of brain microvascular pericytes
Andy Shih, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Seattle Children's Research Institute
Host: Anusha Mishra

December 6
Hippocampal circuits encoding social memory and aggression
Steve Siegelbaum, Ph.D.
Professor of Pharmacology; Gerald D. Fischbach, M.D. Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University
Hosts: Paul Brehm and Vivek Unni

December 13
SCN2A in autism spectrum disorder
Kevin Bender, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco    
Host: Larry Trussell

December 20
Slow and fast gamma rhythms in the hippocampal network
Laura Colgin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin
Host: Gary Westbrook

2019 Seminars: January–June

January 25
Vollum Special Seminar: NINDS Strategies for Enhancing the Diversity of Neuroscience Researchers
Michelle Jones-London, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of Programs to Enhance Neuroscience Workforce Diversity (OPEN-WD), NINDS, NIH
Seminar sponsors: Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) and the Alliance for Visible Diversity in Science (AVDS)

March 14
Itchy and Scratchy: Molecular mechanisms of itch and pain
Diana Bautista, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Host: Kevin Wright

March 20
Vollum Special Seminar: Pontine mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression
Erica Levitt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Florida
Host: John Williams

March 21
A solid state conceptualization of information transfer from gene to message to protein
Steve McKnight, Ph.D.
Professor and Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Research, Department of Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Host: Marc Freeman

April 4
Understanding human brain development and disease: From embryos to organoids
Paola Arlotta, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard University
Host: Kelly Monk

April 9
Vollum Special Seminar: The makings of maturity: Cell surface proteins that regulate synaptic maturation and development
Tim Mosca, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Department of Neuroscience, Thomas Jefferson College
Host: Kevin Wright

April 11
High-fidelity synaptic transmission from hair cells to auditory afferent fibers
Geng-Lin Li, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

April 18
CryoEM structures of otopetrin proton channels
Andrew Ward, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, Scripps Research, California
Host: Matt Whorton

April 25
Micron-scale neural computations in the retina
Gautam Awatramani, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Host: Larry Trussell

May 2
Dopamine modulation of synaptic plasticity — Balance between co-released neurotransmitters
Jun Ding, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neurology, Stanford University
Host: Tianyi Mao

May 9
A neural basis for binary decisions on graded stimuli in Drosophila
Bing Ye, Ph.D.
Burton L. Baker Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences; Research Associate Professor, U-M Life Sciences Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, University of Michigan
Host: Haining Zhong

May 10
Cholinergic involvement in stress-related behaviors
Marina Piccioto, Ph.D.
Charles B. G. Murphy Professor of Psychiatry; Professor of Neuroscience and of Pharmacology
Deputy Chair for Basic Science Research, Department of Psychiatry
Deputy Director, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine
Student-Invited Seminar

May 16
Mechanisms for fast dopamine signaling
Pascal Kaeser, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Host: John Williams

May 23
Cell-specific pallidal intervention produces long-lasting motor recovery in dopamine depleted mice
Aryn Gittis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Host: Skyler Jackman

May 28
Herbert Memorial Lecture: Primary cilia: What do they do, how do they work?
David Clapham, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer and Janelia Group Leader, HHMI
Aldo R. Castañeda Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor of Neurobiology and Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Host: Marc Freeman

May 30
Gαi activity is central to hair cell polarization and sensory bundle development
Basile Tarchini, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, The Jackson Laboratory (JAX)
Host: Peter Barr-Gillespie

June 13
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of synapse assembly and function: Lessons from C. elegans
Daniel Colón-Ramos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine
Postdoc-Invited Seminar

June 27
Vollum Special Seminar: Roles for TMEM184b in the nervous system: Development, degeneration and detection
Martha Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona
Host: Kelly Monk