MPPB Seminar Series

Throughout the academic year, the MPPB Seminar Series hosts a variety of speakers presenting on topics related to Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology. Research in the MPPB department covers a very broad range, including both basic and applied science, and topics such as cell signaling, biomedical engineering, neuroscience, drug and gene delivery, tissue regeneration, structural biology, sensory transduction, physiology and cell biology. Seminars are typically held on Fridays, starting at 12pm, in the Marcuvitz Auditorium (room 220 in Sidney Frank Hall), unless otherwise indicated on this website or the official schedule. 

Next MPPB Seminar:

Friday, September 6, 2019
Marcuvitz Auditorium, 220 Sidney Frank Hall




Spring 2019 Schedule - Printable Version

Date/Host Speaker Topic

March 1, 2019

Hosted by:
Wayne Bowen, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacoengineering & Molecular Pharmaceutics,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Manipulating macrophage polarization to control gene delivery"

March 8, 2019

Hosted by:
MPP Graduate Program

C. Brandon Ogbunu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Brown University
"The evolution of antibiotic resistance: forwards and backwards, inside and out" 

March 15, 2019

Hosted by:
Mandar Naik, Ph.D.

Christopher D. Lima, Ph.D.
Professor, Program in Structural Biology,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,
HHMI Investigator

“Ubiquitin-like protein conjugation cascades, from conjugation to recognition”

April 5, 2019

Hosted by:
Alexandra Deaconescu, Ph.D.

Seminar held at 70 Ship Street, Room 107

Katsuhiko Murakami, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,
Pennsylvania State University
"Structural basis of bacterial RNA polymerase transcription initiation and inhibition by anti-tuberculosis drug rifamycin"

April 12, 2019

Hosted by:
MPP Graduate Students


Michael Marks, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 
Professor of Physiology,
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
"The dark side of organelle biogenesis enlightened by inherited human disease"

April 19, 2019

Hosted by:
Michelle Dawson, Ph.D.

Bruce Goode, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Brandeis University
"Multi-component mechanisms driving actin disassembly"

April 26, 2019

Hosted by:
Nicolas Fawzi, Ph.D.

Seminar held at 70 Ship Street, Room 107

Carlos Castañeda, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Biology and Chemistry,
Syracuse University
“Protein droplets and ALS: Liquid-liquid phase separation of UBQLN2 is modulated by oligomerization, ALS-linked mutations, and ubiquitin binding”

May 3, 2019

Hosted by:
Kareen Coulombe, Ph.D. and Cardiovascular Research Center

Brent French, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering,
University of Virginia
“Tissue-Targeted AAV9 Vectors for the In Situ Bioengineering of Cardiac Regeneration”

May 10, 2019

Hosted by:
Karla Kaun, Ph.D./Kavin Nunez

Lorenzo Leggio, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Investigator (Clinical), NIAAA and NIDA IRPs, Chief, CPN Section, NIAAA and NIDA IRPs, Associate Director for Clinical Research, Medication Development Program, NIDA IRP, National Institutes of Health
"The gut in the brain: a novel approach to develop pharmacological treatments for addiction?"


For more information about the MPPB Seminar Series, contact [email protected]