Vollum Seminars | 2020-21 Academic Year

2020 Seminars: September–December

September 10
Vollum-NGP Special Seminar: Microglia, microbes, and the developing brain
Staci D. Bilbo, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University
Host: Neuroscience Graduate Program Students

September 24
Preserving inhibition with a disinhibitory microcircuit in the retina
Wei Wei, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, The University of Chicago
Host: Tianyi Mao

October 1
Microglia-dependent mechanisms governing brain wiring and plasticity
Dorothy Schafer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Hosts: Marc Freeman and Kelly Monk

October 8
Differential resilience to perturbations of circuits with similar performance
Eve Marder, Ph.D.
Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Biology, Volen Center, Brandeis University
Hosts: Vollum Institute Postdoctoral Fellows

October 15
Visualizing remodeling of excitatory and inhibitory circuits in vivo
Elly Nedivi, Ph.D.
William R. and Linda R. Young Professor of Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory
Host: Gary Westbrook

October 29
Spinal cord injury: From regenerative mechanisms to repair strategies
Mayssa Mokalled, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
Host: Kelly Monk

November 5
SARM1: The journey from a novel genetic discovery towards a neuroprotective therapeutic
Shilpa Sambashivan, Ph.D.
Vice President, Biology, Nura Bio Inc.
Host: Marc Freeman

November 12
Microglial P2Y12R in brain physiology and pathology
Ukpong Eyo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia, University of Virginia
Host: Kelly Monk

November 19
Meningeal lymphatic vasculature as a therapeutic target for Alzheimer’s disease
Jonathan Kipnis, Ph.D.
BJC Investigator, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Pathology and Immunology
Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery, Washington University in St. Louis
Host: Marc Freeman

December 3
Heterogeneity in the dopamine system
Ilana Witten, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, Princeton University
Host: Skyler Jackman

December 10
Spatial and temporal control of oligodendrocyte fate specification
Santos Franco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus
Host: Kelly Monk

December 17
Wearing many hats: Roles for RNA factors in brain development
Debra Silver, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center
Host: Kevin Wright

2021 Seminars: March–June

March 18
Neurons and the art of brain maintenance
Mohanish Deshmukh, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, UNC Neuroscience Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Host: Kevin Wright

March 25
Dopamine acetylcholine interactions in the striatum
Chris Ford, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
Host: John Williams

April 1
State-dependent cortical circuits
Jess Cardin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Yale University
Host: Marc Freeman

April 8
Illuminating circadian circuits
Tiffany Schmidt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University
Host: Kevin Wright

April 15
Multiple maps for navigation
Lisa Giocomo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Host: Swetha Murthy

April 22
Wiring specificity of neural circuits
Liqun Luo, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator; Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University
Student-Invited Seminar: Hosted by Neuroscience Graduate Program Students

April 29
The vagus nerve and the physiology of reward
Ivan E. de Araujo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

May 6
The stars at night: Astrocytic control of sleep
Kira Poskanzer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California, San Francisco
Host: Kelly Monk

May 13
Multicellular circuit designs
Michael Elowitz, Ph.D.
Professor, Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Host: Gail Mandel

May 20
Non-canonical utilization of mechanical energy in the inner ear
Ebenezer N. Yamoah, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
Host: Henrique von Gersdorff

June 3
Gamma oscillations: Mechanisms, function and human diseases
Li-Huei Tsai, Ph.D.
Director, The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT
Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT
Senior Associate Member, Broad Institute
Host: Isabelle Baconguis