Vollum Seminars | 2019-20 Academic Year

2019 Seminars: September–December

September 11
BEHN/Vollum/NIDA T32 Special Seminar: Dopamine circuits in reward and aversion
Stephan Lammel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
Hosts: David Jacobs (BEHN) and John Williams (Vollum)

September 12
Unlocking the secrets of the brain’s spatial memory system using functional imaging and virtual reality for mice
Daniel Dombeck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University
Host: Tianyi Mao

September 18
Vollum and CPB Special Seminar: Catch me if you can — Illuminating macromolecular transport and chaperone complexes in adaptive immunity
Robert Tampé, Ph.D.
Director and Full Professor, Institute of Biochemistry, Goethe University Frankfurt
Hosts: Eric Gouaux (Vollum) and Show-Ling Shyng (CPB)

October 3
How to build a neural circuit: Lessons from the retina
Jeremy Kay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Ophthalmology, Duke University
Host: Kevin Wright

October 10
Diversity matters: The origins and functions of neuronal heterogeneity for the sense of hearing
Lisa Goodrich, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

October 11
Vollum Special Seminar: Calcium-independent exo-endocytosis coupling at small central synapses
Melissa A. Herman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience Research Center, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Host: Neuroscience Graduate Program Alumni Group

October 17
Sensing light for sight and for physiological regulation
Michael Do, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Host: Larry Trussell

October 25
Vollum Special Seminar: Control of membrane potential by K-ATP channels in brainstem neurons
Ricardo Leão, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

November 14
Getting a handle on neuropharmacology by targeting receptor chaperones
David Bredt, M.D., Ph.D.
Global Head of Discovery – Neuroscience, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
Host: Eric Gouaux

November 20
Unconventional signaling mechanisms in central synapses
Ege Kavalali, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Pharmacology, William Stokes Chair in Experimental Therapeutics, Vanderbilt University
Host: Skyler Jackman

December 5
Cryo-EM of dynamic molecular assemblies
Sriram Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Gobind Khorana Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design, University of British Columbia
Host: Eric Gouaux

December 12
Pentraxins and glutamate receptor down regulation lead to failure of interneuron circuit function contributing to cognitive failure in Alzheimer’s disease
Chris McBain, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Cellular and Synaptic Neurophysiology, NICHD, NIH
Host: Haining Zhong

December 19
Theme and variations: Mechanisms of behavioral evolution
Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D.
Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Associate Professor, Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior, The Rockefeller University
Host: Postdoc-invited seminar; Megan Corty, lead contact

2020 Seminars: February–March [series canceled due to COVID-19]

February 12
Vollum Special Seminar: First principles underlying presynaptic function and unexpected implications for both molecular mechanism and biological computation
John Wesseling, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Instituto de Neurociencias, Universidad Miguel Hernández, San Juan de Alicante, Spain
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

February 20
Vollum Special Seminar: What is health? Allostasis and the evolution of human design
Peter Sterling, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

February 28
Vollum Special Seminar: Of electrically-coupled cells and behaviorally-coupled canaries
Pepe Alcami, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Behavioural Neurobiology, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

March 3
Vollum Special Seminar: Update on NINDS-sponsored training opportunities: pre-doc, postdoc and beyond
Stephen Korn, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Training and Workforce Development at NINDS, NIH
Co-hosts: Gail Mandel and Gary Westbrook