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. 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:

To Be Announced
Fall 2018

Spring 2018 Schedule

Date/Host Speaker Topic

March 2, 2018

Hosted by: Michelle Dawson, Ph.D.

Kristen Billiar, Ph.D.
Department Head and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Tissue Mechanics and Mechanobiology Laboratory
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
“Heart valve mechanobiology: implications for HV disease and treatment”

CANCELED - March 9, 2018

Hosted by: Michelle Dawson, Ph.D.

Co-Sponsored by: CPVB COBRE/BIRDS

Justin Hanes, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Center for Nanomedicine
Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University

“Drug and Nucleic Acid Delivery to the Brain”


March 16, 2018

Hosted by: Elena Oancea, Ph.D.

Joseph Mindell, Ph.D.
Senior Investigator
Membrane Transport Biophysics Section
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health
“Protons to patients and back again: new insights in the role of the ClC-7 Cl- transporter in lysosomal biology”

March 23, 2018

Hosted by: Elena Oanca, Ph.D.

Christopher Ahern, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Carver College of Medicine
University of Iowa
“The Power of Small: Atomic Mutagenesis in a Post-Structural Era”
March 30, 2018 Spring Recess - NO SEMINAR

April 6, 2018

Hosted by: Michelle Dawson, Ph.D.

Gilda Barabino, Ph.D.
Dean and Berg Professor
The Grove School of Engineering
The City College of New York
"Sickle Cell Biomechanics and Disease Pathology"

April 13, 2018

Hosted by: Eric Darling, Ph.D.

Debadyuti (Rana) Ghosh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics
College of Pharmacy
University of Texas, Austin
“Engineering bacteriophages and proteins as tools towards imaging and drug delivery”

April 20, 2018


Aldebaran Hofer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School

"Calcium/cAMP crosstalk in organelles"


April 27, 2018

Hosted by: MPP Graduate Students

Frank Gertler, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“Bidirectional interactions between tumor cells and their microenvironment”


May 4, 2018

Hosted by: Wayne Bowen, Ph.D.

Dana Selley, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University

"Targeting sphingosine-1-phosphate receptors for chronic pain treatment: a promising approach with complex pharmacology"

May 11, 2018

Hosted by: Mandar Naik, Ph.D.

Seminar Held at 
70 Ship Street, 
Room 107

Celia Schiffer, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of the Institute of Drug Resistance
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
"Constraining Evolution —>  Avoiding Drug Resistance:  Lessons from Viruses"


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