Pre-Research Seminars

Ph.D. Program
Current Students

Schedule Fall 2017

Link to list of first year PhD students

Pre-research seminars occur in the Fall semester on Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:10 pm, Room 800 Fairchild Center. Attendance by Biological Sciences PhD students is required.  Pass/Fail.  Duration: about 45 minutes.

Jump to: September – October – November – December

Tuesday, September 05, 2017                    Marty Chalfie    "Touching Worms"

Thursday, September 07, 2017                  John Hunt          "Selected shorts from the interface between biophysics and molecular biology"

Tuesday, September 12, 2017                    Marko Jovanovic           "Genetic mechanisms of brain development" 

Thursday, September 14, 2017                  Oliver Hobert    

Tuesday, September 19, 2017                    Raju Tomer       "Tools for mapping the brain"

Thursday, September 21, 2017   Rosh Hashanah 9/22-23 no PRS 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017                    Richard Mann  

Thursday, September 28, 2017                  Rodney Rothstein "Evolutionary conservation at work: yeast genetics informs cancer biology"

Tuesday, October 03, 2017                         Christian Schindler         "Interferon with Interferons"

Thursday, October 05, 2017         Sukkot   Gary Struhl         "Signaling, growth and patterning in Drosophila"

Tuesday, October 10, 2017                         Richard Vallee   "Microtubules, Motors, Microcephaly, and More"

Thursday, October 12, 2017                        Laura Landweber            "RNA mediated epigenetic inheritance using the ciliate Oxytricha as a model"

Tuesday, October 17, 2017                         Jonathan Dworkin “Dormancy in bacteria”

Thursday, October 19, 2017         no PRS    Joachim Frank   (Cancelled)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017                         Iva Greenwald  "LIN-12/Notch, cell-cell interactions and cell fate decisions"

Thursday, October 26, 2017         no PRS   Jean Gautier   (Cancelled)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017         no PRS    Jian Yang   (Cancelled)

Thursday, November 02, 2017                   Guy Sella            "The evolutionary causes of quantitative genetic variations"

Tuesday, November 07, 2017      Election Day       no PRS, no classes          

Thursday, November 09, 2017                   Riccardo Dalla-Favera “Genetics of Human Lymphoma”

Tuesday, November 14, 2017                     Ozgur Sahin "Imaging and modeling biology at physical extremes"

Thursday, November 16, 2017                   Daniel Kalderon "Organization of a stem cell community studied using Drosophila developmental genetics"

Tuesday, November 21, 2017                     Thomas Jessell   "Motor Control Mechanisms"

Thursday, November 23, 2017    Thanksgiving Day             no PRS, no classes          

Tuesday, November 28, 2017                     Harmen Bussemaker      “Deciphering gene regulatory logic using deep sequencing”

Thursday, November 30, 2017         6:10 pm         Lars Dietrich       "The interplay of metabolism and structure in microbial communities"                                      
                                                          7 pm              Rafa Yuste           "reading the mind of cnidarians and mice"

Tuesday, December 05, 2017                     Songtao Jia        "Epigenetic regulation of the genome"

Thursday, December 07, 2017                    Liang Tong         "Structural studies of RNA 3’-end processing machineries"

Tuesday, December 12, 2017      Study Day            Ruben Gonzalez              "Biological Mechanisms, One Molecule at a Time"

Thursday, December 14, 2017     Study Day, no PRS, no classes, Department Holiday party 3-5 pm tentative                    

Tuesday, December 19, 2017      Final examinations - no PRS                       

Thursday, December 21, 2017     Final examinations - no PRS 

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