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September Events & Seminars

Department of Biochemistry

Department of Biochemistry Presents:

The Rising Star Symposium

Thusday, September 21st

Session 1: Chemical Biology
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
HSEB 3515B
Break for Lunch
Session 2: Protein Design
2:00 - 5:00PM
HSEB 2680


Friday, September 22nd

Session 1: Metabolism
9:00AM - 1:00PM
HSEB 3515B
Break for Lunch
Sessions 2: Structure/Imaging
2:10P- 4:30PM
HSEB 3515B



Keynote Speaker:

Erik Jorgensen, PhD

University of Utah

"Bending Membranes during Ultrafast Endocytosis"

The Division of oncology presents: 
Oncology Faculty Candidate

Kara Maxwell, MD, PhD

Department of Hematology/Oncology The University of Pennsylvania

"Inherited Genetics in Breast and Ovarian Tumorigenesis and Treatment"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Research North 4 Large Conference Room
Hosted by: 
Dr. Lynn Henry
Oncology Division Interim Chief
Immunology, Inflammation, & Infectious Disease Seminar Series

Floyd Wormley, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean of Resarech & Graduate Studies, The University of Texas at San Antonio

"Induction of Memory-like Responses by Innate Cells against Cryptococcus neoformans in vivo"

Friday, September 1, 2017
12:15 - 1:15PM
HSEB 2680

Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy presents

Kim McAllister, PhD

Professor, Department of Neurobiology
University of California, Davis

“Novel roles for immune molecules in brain development and disease”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

4:00 pm

EIHG Auditorium

Health U of U
Human Genetics Seminar Series Presents: 

Bradly R. Cairns, PhD

"Totipotency: Insights from Germline Stem Cells and Ealry Embryos"

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


EIHG 1st Floor Auditorium

Hosted by: Charlie Murtaugh





Zebrafish Interest Group presents:

Kristin Artinger, PhD

Department of Craniofacial Biology
University of Colorado Denver

"Regulation of Neural Crest Migration in Zebrafish"

Monday, Septebmer 18, 2017
HSEB 4100B

Contact Kristen Kwan with questions!


Frontiers in Cancer Prevention, Research, and Therapy” 

Friday, September 15, 2017 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

HCI George and Dolores Doré Eccles Auditorium

6th floor, Huntsman Cancer Institute


Department of Chemistry

Parry Inorganic Colloquium

Tobin J. Marks, Northwestern University

Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry & Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Vladimir N. Ipatieff, Professor of Catalytic Chemistry 

"Surface Science Meets Momogeneous Catalysis: Cooperative Properties of Electrophilic Organometallic Ensembles"

Tuesday, September, 5, 2017

10:45 AM

4630 TBBC

Host: Joel S. Miller









Department of Biology
Seminar Series Presents:

RPT Seminar

Richard M. Clark, PhD

Associate Profesor
Department of Biology
University of Utah

"Genetic underpinnings of environmental adaptation in an extreme generalist herbivore"

Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Marriott University Park Hotel

1:00 PM – 8:30 PM


Tom Cech, University of Colorado, Boulder

Registration Required:

Department of Biochemistry
The Biochemistry Seminar Series presents:

Cole Haynes, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Cancer Biology
University of Massachusetts Medical School

"Mitochondrial stress responses, innate immunity and toxic genomes"

Monday, September 11, 2017
HSEB 3515B
Host: Jared Rutter
Contact Jared with Quetions:

Department of Chemistry

Ryan Looper

Henery Eyring Associate Professor, University of Utah Chemistry 

"Engineering the Aminohexose-Cytosine Antibiotics as Selective P-site Inhibitors"

Thursday, September 7, 2017

10:45 AM

4630 TBC







August Events & Seminars

Please join Recursion Pharmaceuticals and BioUtah for our

Women in Science and Technology Series

Dr. Ana Maria Lopez

Thursday, August 3, 2017
5:00-6:30 PM
630 S Komas Drive Suite 300

Dr. Lopez is the Associate Vice President for Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Director of Cancer Health Equity at Huntsman Cancer Institute, and a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Click Here to RSVP

Department of Chemistry

Department of chemistry presents

Luisa Whittaker-Brooks

"Fundamentals, state-of-the-art, and recent trends in nanostructured materials for energy and electronic applications"

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
10:45AM TBBC 4630



The  Neurobiology and Anatomy Department presents a special seminar:

Helen Lai, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center

“Elucidating the logic of somatosensory-motor networks”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
4:00 pm
EIHG Auditorium

Microbial Pathogenesis Seminar Series

Alan L. Scott, PhD

Professor, Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

“Worms in the Lungs: Macrophages and Dysregulated Wound Repair”

Friday, August 25, 2017
12:15p.m. -1:15 p.m.
HSEB 2680

Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry


"The drug delivery field at the inflection point: Why we need to change"

Kinam Park, PhD

Showalter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Pharmaceutics Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana
Monday, August 28,2017
4:00PM - 5:00PM
HSEB 4100B

Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry presents

Eric Schmidt

Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Adjunct Professor Of Biology

"Generation of chemical diversity via biosyntheis"

Thursday, August 31, 2017
10:45AM TBBC 4630
Department of Biology
Department of biology presents

Markus Babst, PhD

"Calcium Regulates Yeast Metabolism" 

Thusday, August 31, 2017

4:00 - 5:00 PM

210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building

University of Utah Health

Seminars in Metabolism Presents:

Ling He, MB, PhD

Assistant Professor, Deparment of Pediatrics and Pharmacolgy John Hopkins School of Medicine

"Coactivators regulate hepatic glucose metabolism and insulin signaling"

Thursday, August 31 2017
4:00 - 5:00PM
HSEB 2600



July Events & Seminars

CRISPR-RNP Transfection Workshop

This Workshop will present two days of morning informational seminars dicussing the use of CRISPR-RNP technology in cell culture cells from design, optimization, and delivery. Along with a Keynote address by Dr. Dana Carroll on the ethical and societal issues of the use of CRISPR technologies. Informational seminars will be open to all researchers.

Contact the Mutation Generation and Detection Core at

Thursday, July 27

Friday, July 28

Eccles Auditorium, EIHG

Presented by the Mutation Generation and Detection Core, The Center for Iron and Heme Disorders, and The Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Sponsored by Lonza and Integrated DNA Technologies


Special Seminar 

Robert Johnston, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Johns Hopkins University

“Stochastic Patterning of Photoreceptors in Fly and Human Retinas”

1:00 PM, Thursday July 20
EIHG Auditorium

Hosted by Nitin Phadnis


The Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry along with The Nano Institute Presents:

Professor Shinji Sakuma, Ph.D.

Setsunan University
Osaka, Japan

"Cell Penetrating Peptide-Linked Polymers as a Novel Enhancement Tool for Mucosal Vaccination and Absorption"

Friday, July 14, 2017
HSEB 5100B
11:00am – Noon

Hosted by Professor Jindřich Kopeček

Cell Sheet

July 18 - 19

Global Symposium: Cell Sheet Clinical Translation for Regenerative Medicine

This is the first Global Symposium on Cell Sheet Tissue Translation for Regenerative Medicine, where global experts from Tokyo, Sweden, Korea and the University of Utah will gather and introduce their latest achievements in science and clinical applications. Contact Katie Peacock at ​to register.


June Events & Seminars


Human Genetics Seminar Series Presents


Professor, Department of Genetics and Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School and
The Boston Children’s Hospital

“Genetic Modifiers of Muscular Dystrophy as Targets for Therapy”

Tuesday June 6, 2017
12:00 NOON
EIHG 1st floor Auditorium

Dr. Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH

Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Nutrition Research at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Breaking the Obesity-Breast Cancer Link: New Targets and Strategies

Monday, June 5th at 12pm in the HCH Altaview Conference room


A Seminar by Faculty Candidate

Peter S. Shen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Structural basis of protein translocation by the Vps4 AAA ATPase

Thursday, June 1, 2017
2:00 pm
HSEB 3515B


Seminars in Metabolism Presents the Hatch Scholar Recipients:

“Oct-1 and OCA-B as potential targets for T1D pathogenesis”

By: Heejoo Kim

Graduate Research Assistant
Microbiology and Immunology
University of Utah


“Minimizing the Fear of Hypoglycemia"

By: Candace Reno, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Molecular Medicine Program
University of Utah

Thursday, June 1, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM, HSEB 2600

May Events & Seminars


Kathleen A. Cooney, M.D.

H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Utah
School of Medicine
Huntsman Cancer Institute

“Prostate Cancer Susceptibility Genes: From Bench to Bedside”

May 23, 2017
4:00 pm
EIHG Auditorium

BioscienceAnnual State of the Program Meeting

Monday, May 15, 2017

2:00 p.m.
HSEB 1730


Hongxia Ren, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine

“Orphan Receptor Gpr17 Regulates Appetite and Glucose Metabolism-Identifying Novel CNS Targets for Metabolic Disease Therapy”

May 11, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM
HSEB 4100B


Dipayan Chaudhuri, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Utah

“Mitochondrial cardiomyopathies feature enhanced mitochondrial calcium signaling”

May 4, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM
HSEB 4100B

Division of Cardiovascular Medicine And Molecular Medicine

Presents Faculty Candidate

Aaron Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
University of Colorado, Denver

Integration of muscle morphogenesis with muscle disease

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
11:00 am
HSEB 4100B


UC Davis Genome Center Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine University of California, Davis School of Medicine

“Complex genomic variation and its role in human evolution and disease”

Tuesday May 2, 2017
12:00 NOON
EIHG 1st floor Auditorium

SIMWilliam Holland, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine
Touchstone Diabetes Center
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

“Lipid Sensing in the Pancreatic Alpha Cell”

May 25, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM
HSEB 2600


Rebecca Haeusler, Ph.D.

 Associate Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology
Columbia University

Insulin regulates cholesterol metabolism through FoxO transcription factors

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
4:00 pm
HSEB 3515B



Distinguished Professor
Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology
University of California, Santa Cruz

“Transmission of an Epigenetic “Memory of Germline” from Parents to Offspring in C. elegans”

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
12:00 NOON
EIHG 1st floor Auditorium



Genetics Training Program

2017 Retreat

May 8-9, The Lodges at Deer Valley

Registration Deadline: Wednesday April 26, 2017

 All members of the U of U research community are invited.

Accommodations provided by the Genetics Training Program.

Extended Evening Poster Session!

Present a poster & Highlight your poster's story during day sessions.

Register at:

Please refer to the web site for more information about poster presentations and childcare; for additional questions, contact David Grunwald (


Richard Flavell, Ph.D., F.R.S.

HHMI Investigator and Sterling Professor
Department of Immunobiology
Yale University
School of Medicine

“The role of inflammasomes in antiviral response and the innate immune sensing of genomic integrity”

May 9, 2017
4:00 pm
EIHG Auditorium


Nirao Shah, MD, PhD

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

“Nature and Nurture: Control of innate sexually dimorphic behavior”

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
4:00 pm
EIHG Auditorium




Informal Seminar


Single Molecule Science & ARC Center of Excellence in Advanced Imaging,
School of Medical Science,
University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia

“A Novel Fluorescence-based HIV Uncoating Assay to Survey the Effects of Capsid-binding Proteins at the Single-particle Level.”

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
1:00pm, Room 206 JFB


Symposium: Unraveling Genetic Modifiers of Muscular Dystrophy

24 May 2017
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, 1st Floor Auditorium

Program Objective: To understand the process of identifying genetic modifiers of disease severity in Mendelian disorders.

Session One:Genetic Modifiers in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Session Two:Genetic Modifiers in Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy
Session Three: Genetic Modifiers in Myotonic DystrophySession Four: Genetic Modifiers in Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy
Closing Remarks: Kevin Flanigan, MD, Ohio State University

Sponsored by the Utah Program for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders (UPIN), the School of Medicine Neuromuscular Division, and the Neuroscience Initiative

Please contact Erin DeSpain ( with questions


Claudio Villanueva, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Utah School of Medicine

“Liver-derived acylcarnitines fuel adaptive thermogenesis”

May 18, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM
HSEB 2600


Jay Hesselberth

U. of Colorado School of Medicine

Genetics and genomics
of RNA repair

Tuesday, May 16th
4:00 pm

HSEB 1750

Membrane Trafficking Symposium 2017

May 10, ASB 210 (Biology)

8:30 Jared Rutter

9am Phyllis Hanson (WUSTL)

10am Diane Downhour (Elde Lab)

11am Chris Hill

11:30 Michael Kay

1pm Sean Merrill (Jorgensen Lab)

1:30 Markus Babst

2pm Max Schuler (Hughes/Shaw Lab)

2:30 Vivian Budnik (UMASS)

Joe Alcock, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of New Mexico

“Bribery, coercion, and cooperation in the microbiome”

Tuesday, May 9
2:30-3:30 PM
EIHG Auditorium

2017 Hematology and Metals in Biology Symposium

Friday, May 5th

HSEB 5100B

7:45 am -3:15 pm

Breakfast and Lunch Available for Attendees

Sponsored by the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, the Departments of Medicine, Division Hematology, and Biochemistry and NIDDK‐sponsored CIHD Cores and T32 Hematology Training Program
Contact or

Human GeneticsEccles Institute of Human Genetics
Department of Human Genetics

Presents Thesis Defense By

Jonathan M. Downie

"Surveying the Genetic Risk Landscape of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in the Era of Next-Generation Sequencing"

Wednesday May 3, 2017

11:00 AM

Eccles Auditorium




April Events & Seminars


Tibiabin Benitez-Santana

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Molecular Medicine Program
University of Utah

“Role of LXRs in intestinal lipid handing”

April 27, 2017
4:00-5:00 pm, HSEB


Mark Krasnow, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Biochemistry
HHMI Investigator
Stanford University School of Medicine

“Elucidating Lung Development, Stem Cells, and Cancer at Single Cell Resolution”

April 25, 2017
4:00 pm
EIHG Auditorium



Dr. Matthew G. Moffitt

Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Victoria, Canada

4630 TBBC

"Controlling Structure and Function of Hierarchical Polymeric Nanoparticles: from Molecular Mimics to Microfluidics"


Daniel Wall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology
University of Wyoming

"Self-recognition, cellular exchange and social consequences in Myxococcus xanthus"

Monday, April 24th, 2017
4:00 pm HSEB 1750


Bonnie Bassler

HHMI Investigator
Chair, Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton University

"Bacterial Quorum Sensing and its Control"

Monday, April 17, 2017
4:00 PM
Eccles Auditorium,
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics

Onc Sci

 Jane Johnson, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Neuroscience
UT Southwestern Medical Center

“Lineage-specific transcription regulators in neural and neuroendocrine cancers"

April 13, 2017
HCI 3 South Conference Room


Dr. Anna Sherwood

Director of Research and Development Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp.

Friday, April 14, 2017
12pm - Presentation and Discussion
Shoreline Conference Room (6th floor Huntsman Cancer Hospital)

Small group lunch with presenter
following presentation RSVP to


Richard P. Lifton, M.D., Ph.D.

Rockefeller University

 “The Genetic Architecture of Human Disease from Next/GEN Sequencing”

April 11, 2017
EIHG Auditorium 4 PM



Ryan J. White

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

"Developing Specific Electrochemical Sensing and Imaging Platforms Inspired by Biology"


4:00 pm in room 4630 TBBC


Adriana Vieira de Abreu, PhD

Sr. Laboratory Specialist
Molecular Medicine Program
University of Utah

“Screening for Novel Hypoglycemia Unawareness Treatments”

Thursday, April 6, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM, HSEB 4100B




Jikui Song

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
University of California – Riverside

10:45 am
4630 TBBC

“Mechanistic Basis of Mammalian DNA Methylation”


Martin Horvath, Ph.D.

Department of Biology, University of Utah

“Biology in Macromolecular Structure”

Thursday, April 27
4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building


Robbie Wilson, Ph.D.

University of Queensland

“Measuring success in nature and sport: how animals perform and why it matters”

Thursday, April 20
4:00 PM

210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building


Elizabeth A. Leibold, PhD

Professor, Internal Medicine
Adjunct, Oncological Science
Division of Hematology
University of Utah

“Iron regulatory protein 2 is required for maintaining mitochondrial and ER function in pancreatic β cells”

April 20, 2017

4:00-5:00 pm, HSEB 2948


Antonio J. Giraldez, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Genetics
Yale University School of Medicine

“Uncovering New Regulatory Codes During Embryonic Development”

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
12:00 NOON
EIHG 1st floor Auditorium



Ellen R. Fisher        

Professor and Senior Faculty Advisor
Office of the Vice President for Research

"Confessions of a Gas-Phase Chemist in a Materials World"

4:00 pm in room 4630 TBBC


Stavros G. Drakos, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Nora Eccles Treadwell Investigator
Co-Director Heart Failure and Transplant Section
Director of CV Research, Division of Cardiology
University of Utah

Understanding how mechanical circulatory support can recover a failing heart”

Thursday, April 13, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM, HSEB 4100B


Erik Jorgensen, Ph.D., University of Utah

"Ultrafast endocytosis at synapses

Thursday, April 13
4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology



Remo Rohs

Molecular and Computational Biology Program
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Southern California

"Integrating Genomics and Structural Biology Reveals Mechanisms of Gene Regulation"


10:45 am 4630 TBBC


Wayne Potts, Ph.D.

University of Utah

“Influence of host and pathogen genetic diversity on virulence evolution”

Thursday, April 6
4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building

Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Seminar Series

Mark Yandell, Ph.D.

Founder, IDbyDNA Inc.
Professor of Human Genetics
H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair
Co-Director, USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery
Technical Director, Utah Genome Project
University of Utah

“From Bench, to the Bedside,
and Onward to the Market:
Commercializing Academic Software”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

HSEB 4100 C HSEB Building


2017 Developmental Biology
Training Grant Retreat

FRI, April 28, 2pm
EIHG Auditorium
Suzanne Paradis
PHD, Associate Professor of Biology,
Brandeis University
“Signaling pathways that
instruct rapid changes in
neuronal connectivity.”

Sat, April 29
Silver Lake Lodge,
Deer Valley Resort
Anthony B. Firulli
PHD, Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University
“Building a Heart Hand by Hand.”

Poster Session (with prizes!) and Dinner
RSVP or further info: Teresa Upton |

Please join Recursion Pharmaceuticals for our
Women in Science and Technology Series
Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:00-6:30 PM
630 S Komas Drive Suite 300

“Pathways (and stumbling blocks)
to success in science”

Presentation by Anne Carpenter, PhD,
Principal Investigator, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

For more information, please contact Bettina at

Learn more about Recursion Pharmaceuticals at     



Thomas J. Greenbowe

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Senior Instructor II, Chemical Education
University of Oregon

10:45 am
4630 TBBC

"Strategies for Helping Students to be Successful in Their General Chemistry Course”

MTIGMichelle Mendoza

"Powering cell motility with
oncogenic signals: ERK and the cytoskeleton"

April 25th, 2017 9:00am
1200 EEJMRB (Kjeldsberg Conference Room)


 ICBG Symposium

This symposium highlights some of the many projects around the University of Utah campus focused on drug discovery in neuroscience. The purpose is to bring together the many research communities in neuroscience and drug discovery to share success stories and to talk about common interests, opportunities, and barriers.

Symposium Announcement Schedule


Saturday, April 22

City Creek Park at 3 p.m.

March for Science

Salt Lake’s march begins at City Creek Park at 3 p.m. and proceeds to the State Capitol to hear from speakers, including Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi, professor of biology, and Claudio Villanueva, professor of biochemistry at the University of Utah. All are welcome to attend.



Tobin J. Marks

Northwestern University
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering,
Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Catalytic Chemistry

“Surface Science Meets Homogeneous Catalysis:  Cooperative Properties of Electrophilic Organometallic Ensembles”

10:45 am     4630 TBBC


Michelle Mendoza, Ph.D.,

University of Utah

“Powering cell motility with oncogenic signals: ERK and the cytoskeleton”

Wednesday, April 5
4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building

The Neurobiology and Anatomy Department is very proud to present our 6th Annual

Chi–Bin Chien Memorial Lecture

Thomas C. Südhof, MD

Nobel Laureate and Professor
Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University and
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"Molecular mechanisms of synapse specification - implications for neuropsychiatric disorders"

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
2:00 pm
EIHG Auditorium




March Events & Seminars

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences invites you to attend a special presentation given by:

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., MPH

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for Clinical Operations
Kaiser Permanente; Southern California Region

"The future of health and health care"

Friday,March 31, 12:00-1:00 pm
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics (EIHG) Auditorium

Please RSVP if you plan to attend:


College of Pharmacy Seminar


"Bioactive natural products from uncultured symbiotic bacteria"

March 30, 2017
2680 HSEB

AnthropologyThe Department of Anthropology

 Eric Schniter, PhD

Assistant Professor Economic Science Institute, Chapman University Department of Anthropology, California State University Fullerton

"The Long Life of Skill Development among Tsimane Forager Horticulturalists"

Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 2:15pm Stewart Bldg Room 205

Onc Sci

Pete Hendrickson

PhD Dissertation Defense

"DUX leads the way: Double Homeobox
Retrogenes in Embryonic Genome
Activation and Totipotency"

Friday, March 24, 2016, 2:10 PM
HCI - George and Dolores Doré Eccles
6th Floor Auditorium

BiochemBiochemistry Faculty Candidate

Ryan Baldridge, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School

"Death of a misfolded protein – how a ubiquitin-gated channel protects the ER"

Thursday, March 23, 2017
2:00 pm, HSEB 4100B


David Blair, Ph.D.

University of Utah

“Mechanism of very rapid protein export through the flagellum: Strange players and multifarious energization”

Thursday, March 23, 4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology

 Onc Sci

Andrew Aday, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, Oregon Health and Science University

"Advancing single (epi)genomics technologies and applications"

March 23, 12:00 PM, HCI 3 South Conference Room


Robert Knowles

Assistant Professor

10:45 am   4630 TBBC

“Proton-coupled electron transfer in organic synthesis”

 March 9, 2017

6:00-8:00 p.m.

2017 H. A. & Edna Benning Society Public Lecture in Medicine

University of Utah, Rice-Eccles Stadium, 4th floor ballroom

 Benning Public Lecture by

Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Medicine, NYU School of Medical School, Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear (and Vice Versa):

The Highest Stakes In Medicine

Schedule of Events:

6:00 Welcome Reception

 6:30 Opening remarks by

Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Senior Vice President for Health Sciences

Dean, School of Medicine

CEO, University of Utah Health Care

7:00 Presentation by

Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D.

Please RSVP to Natalie Carroll (801) 585-5905 or

HSC Calendar Link


Jyllian N. Kemsley

Senior Editor
Chemical & Engineering News

2:30 pm/4:00pm   4630 TBBC

2:30 pm “Non-traditional Career Opportunities for Chemists “

4:00 pm “Reporting on Chemical Safety”


2017 Tyler Lecture

Robert H. Eckel, MD

Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, Division of Cardiology
Professor of Physiology and Biophysics
Charles A. Boettcher II Chair in Atherosclerosis
University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

“The Evolving Story of Lipid Delivery to the Brain, Energy Balance & Insulin Sensitivity”

Thursday, March 2, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM, HSEB 4100B


Center for Cell and Genome Science Seminar

Donald Burke, Ph.D.,

University of Missouri

“RNA Synthetic Biology from Fluorescent Logic Gates to Broad-Spectrum Aptamer Inhibitors of HIV”

Wednesday, March 1
4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building

Curie Club
Curie Club 2016-2017 Student Discussion Series

Storytelling from Successful Women in STEM

Undergraduate and graduate women are invited to a monthly gathering to hear stories from successful women in STEM.
Advice and mentorship served with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and treats!

Wednesday, Mar. 1 | 2pm room 4429 Thatcher Conference room

Beth Buck-Koehntop
Assistant Professor, U of U
Physical & Biochemistry

Pearl Sandick

Assistant Professor, U of U
Particle Physics & Cosmology




Irma Thesleff, DDS, PhD

Professor and Research Director
Developmental Biology Program
Institute of Biotechnology
University of Helsinki

“The roles of conserved
signaling pathways in tooth
development and renewal”

Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00 pm
HSEB 4100B



Feihe Huang

Department of Chemistry
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, China

“Pillararene-Based Solid Materials for Separation and Adsorption”

10:45 am   4630 TBBC


Nicole Monroe & John McCullough

Hill & Sundquist Labs

"Structural Basis for ESCRT-mediated membrane fission"

March 28th, 2017 9:00am
1200 EEJMRB (Kjeldsberg Conference Room)


Mario Capecchi, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor

University of Utah
School of Medicine

“A Causal Role for Defective Microglia in OCD-Spectrum Disorders”

March 28, 2017, 4:00 pm
EIHG Auditorium

Human GeneticsEccles Institute of Human Genetics

Department of Human Genetics Presents Thesis Defense

Nathan Krah

“Prevention and Reversion of Pancreatic Cancer Initiation Through a Differentiation-Based Mechanism”

Friday March 24, 2017
11:00 AM
Eccles Auditorium


Susan Mango, Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University

“Making and Shaping a Worm”

March 14, 2017
4:00 pm, EIHG Auditorium



Ronald A. Smaldone

Organic and Materials Chemistry
University of Texas at Dallas

10:45 am   4630 TBBC

“Better Living through (Dynamic Covalent) Chemistry”


Shane Ardo

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
School of Physical Sciences
UC Irvine

4:00pm   4630 TBBC
Host: Shelley Minteer

"Light-to-ionic energy conversion using photoacid-modified ion-selective polymers En route to direct solar desalination of salt water"


Adam Hughes

Department of Biochemistry

“Close Encounters of the Organelle Kind”

Please note 4:15pm time for 2016-2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
4:15 PM
Kjeldsberg Conference Room
Emma Eccles Jones Medical Research Building


Oliver Rando, Ph.D.,

UMass Medical School

“Daddy issues: paternal effects on phenotype in the next generation”

Thursday, March 9
4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building



Marshall Brennan

Associate editor for Nature Chemistry

“The nature of chemistry publishing”

10:45 am, 4630 TBBC


Julie Hollien

Biology Department

“What fun cats and spaghetti monsters tell us about protein translation”

Please note 4:15pm time for 2016-2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
4:15 PM
Kjeldsberg Conference Room
Emma Eccles Jones Medical Research Building



Ido Braslavsky

Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
& Visiting Scholar at Stanford, Bioengineering

4:00 pm 4630 TBBC

"Ice-binding-proteins and their interaction with ice crystals"


Faculty Candidate

Xiaolei Su, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, San Francisco

"Phase Transition in T Cell Signaling"

Monday, March 6, 2017
2:00 pm
HSEB 2110













Gregory D. Scholes

William S. Tod Professor of Chemistry
Princeton University

"Using Coherence to Enhance Function in Chemical and Biophysical Systems"

1:00 pm in room 4630 TBBC


College of Pharmacy Seminar


Novel Small Molecules, Targets, and Strategies in Anti-Infective Development

March 31, 2017
2680 HSEB



Melanie S. Sanford

Department of Chemistry
University of Michigan

“Development and Applications of New Fluorination Reactions"

10:45 am   4630 TBBC



Robert H. Grubbs

CalTech, Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry
2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry

"Design and Applications of Selective Olefin Metathesis Catalysts"

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
3:00 pm    4630 TBBC


Kristin Baldwin

Associate Professor
The Scripps Research Institute

"Reprogramming genomes and neurons"

Monday, March 27, 2017, 4:00 PM
Eccles Auditorium,
Eccles Institute of Human Genetics


Chintan Kikani, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Biochemistry – Jared Rutter Lab
University of Utah

“Emerging roles of PAS Kinase in the control of stem cell fate decisions”

Thursday, March 23, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM, HSEB 4100B



C. Dale Poulter

Chemistry, U of U
Distinguished Professor and John A. Widtsoe Chair

10:45 am    4630 TBBC

“From Model Studies to Genetics. The Story of Squalene Synthase.”

HGSSJulie Hollien, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
University of Utah

“How Cells Deal with Stress”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
12:00 NOON
EIHG 1st floor Auditorium

SIMSara P. Ortega, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Molecular Medicine – Sihem Boudina Lab
University of Utah

“Redox-Regulation of Energy Expenditure & Thermogenesis”

Thursday, March 9, 2017
4:00 – 5:00PM, HSEB 4100B


Daniela Chavez

Stanfield Lab

“Sex, Secretion, Muscle, and (C. elegans) Males"

March 14th, 2017 9:00am
1200 EEJMRB (Kjeldsberg Conference Room)


Michael Nachman, Ph.D., UC Berkeley

“The genetic basis of speciation and adaptation in house mice”

Thursday, March 2
4:00 PM
210 Aline Skaggs Biology Building


Professor Kenneth Jordan

Richard King Mellon Professor
Distinguished Professor of Computational Chemistry
Co-Director, Center for Simulation and Modeling
University of Pittsburgh

4:00 pm 4630 TBBC

"Accommodation of Excess Electrons and Protons by Water Clusters"


Faculty Candidate

Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Davis

Spatial Organization of Mitochondria

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
4:00 pm
HSEB 2680



Aaron Hoskins

Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:45 am     4630 TBBC

“The Brave New World of Spliceosome Structure and Function”

 Previous News & Events Archive

CADETS seminar August

BioscienceDepartment of Biology

Thesis Defense for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Malia Deshotel

B.S., Shepherd University

"Yin and Yang of RNA Stability
in Arabidopsis"

Friday, August 18, 2017
** 12:00 PM **
210 ASB

Call for predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees applications to the Developmental Biology Training Grant!

The deadline for applications and support letters is September 1, 2017.  All applications and supporting letters should be sent electronically to Teresa Upton (

BiosciencesThe Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy presents:

Wei-Chao Huang

Doctoral Candidate
Dissertation Defense

“Epigenetic Allelic Effects in the Mammalian Brain”

Friday, July 21, 2017
2:00 PM
EIHG Auditorium

BiosciencesThe Department of Biochemistry presents:

Amanda Smith

PhD. Thesis Defense

"Investigating HIV Resistance Mechanisms to D-Peptide Entry Inhibitors"

Monday, July 17, 2017
10:00 a.m.
EIHG Auditorium

Call for Med-Into-Grad Applications

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science ( CCTS) Med to Grad Scholars Program is accepting applications for the coming year.

Application Details

Ruben Rocha,

Application Due Date: August 1, 2017

Learn more about Med-Into-Grad...

Aylin Rodan

Welcome Aylin Rodan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Human Genetics, to the Molecular Biology Program!

Dr. Rodan's Profile...


Department of Human Genetics Presents Thesis Defense By

Matthew Moulton

"Roles of Glycosyltransferases in Drosophila Development"

Wednesday May 31, 2017
2:00 PM
Eccles Auditorium


Department of  Pathology Division of Microbiology & Immunology present

Jacqueline Paquette

Department of Pathology
Division of Microbiology and Immunology

“Genetic and mechanistic analyses of type I interferon-driven Lyme arthritis”

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
1:00 PM
EIHG Auditorium

BioscienceDepartment of  Pathology Division of Microbiology & Immunology present

Margaret Alexander PhD Dissertation Defense

"Small talk: ExosomalmiRNAs in immune cell communication”"

Friday May 19, 2017
10:00 am
EIHG Auditorium

BCP Faculty Kristen Keefe Receives U of U Distinguished Teaching Award!


Congratulations to Michael Kay and Jindřich Kopeček for 2017 Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Award!



Congratulations to Wesley Sundquist for 2017 Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence!

Biochemistry scholar awarded U’s most prestigious faculty award



For graduate students and postdocs in the sciences who are interested in communicating science to the public, the Graduate School would like to tell you about an exciting initiative: Friends of Joe’s Big Idea

If you are interested in learning more about science communication and sharing your ideas and information about events, consider becoming a FOJBI and working with NPR to help build a connected community.  To become part of this network, email and let her know your name, department/research focus, and that you would like to join!

As a part of the FOJBI community, you will receive occasional emails about our work, as well as information about science writing/communication jobs that Joe forwards along.

The University of Utah is the top research institution in the nation when it comes to commercializing technology innovations, according to the Milken Institute’s 2017 ranking of Best Universities for Technology Transfer.


Congratulations to Brad Cairns & Dana Carroll elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences!



BioscienceCongratulations to Nora Brown, Biology, Phadnis Lab, MB'15 2017 NSF-GRFP Honorable Mention!

2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP). NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in STEM disciplines who are pursing Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. This year, eleven students associated with the University of Utah received NSF-GRFP awards, and 5 students received NSF-GRFP Honorable Mentions.

Call for Computational Approaches to Diabetes and Metabolism Research T32 Training Grant Applications

Trainee slots are available for TWO postdoctoral positions and ONE predoctoral position starting July 1, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Barb Saffel, or 801-213-3730

Applications are due May 1, 2017.

Call for Hematology Research Training Program Applications

The Hematology Research Training Program has openings for 1 pre-doctoral and 1 post-doctoral (PhD, MD or MD, PhD) positions. This training grant supports research in basic and translational mechanisms regulating the production of blood cells and in regulating the genes relevant to normal blood cell maturation and function.

Applications and supporting letters should be sent by email to Shelly Saxton (801) 213-2081, Division of Hematology, SOM 5C402

Application Deadline is April 24, 2017

TWiEVO video podcast that was recorded at the Microbial Path Retreat in November:

Guests: Jessica BrownMichael Kay, Wayne PottsJune Round, and Janis Weis

BioscienceDepartment of Oncological Sciences Presents

Shelley MacNeil PhD Dissertation Defense

"Dissecting Cancer Using Computational Pathway Analysis"

Friday March 10, 2017
11:00 AM HSEB
Room 1730

BioscienceEccles Institute of Human Genetics
Department of Human Genetics

Qing Li
Thesis Defense

"Improved Methods for NGS-Based Conotoxin Discovery”

Thursday, March 2nd
2:00 PM
Eccles Auditorium


Announcement for a Thesis Defense
for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in
Microbiology & Immunology

Raymond Soto

“Microbiota Derived Products
Regulate Extra-intestinal Immune
Cells Through Toll-like Receptor

Thursday, March 2, 2017
1:30 pm
HSEB 4100B

Call for Genetics Training Grant Applications

We anticipate several openings for predoctoral traineeships on the Genetics Training Grant during Spring, 2017 and invite applications from graduate students who have completed their qualifying exams.

Patty Lisieski
Department of Human Genetics

Application deadline:
Friday March 10, 2017


Volunteer your expertise at the 2017 Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair (SLVSEF). SLVSEF is an annual regional science fair for 5th through 12th grade students who have passed their school fairs. The top winning students from SLVSEF will move on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair!

Why You Should Judge:
- Gain volunteer experience or STEM/community outreach for grants
- Provide your expertise as a science, medical, or engineering professional to encourage students interested in your field
- Get a chance to see internationally competitive science fair projects

Science Fair Dates:
Judge Registration Deadline – Friday, March 10, 2017
Elementary Division – Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Secondary Division – Thursday, March 23, 2017

For further details, visit

Register at

Last Updated: 9/18/17