Past PAARF Meetings

Xiaoai Zhao
Graduate Student Xiaoai Zhao working in the cell culture hood.

Past PAARF Meetings through Spring 2018

The current PAARF schedule can be found on the Upcoming Events page.


Apr 10, 2018:    
Abigail Brown (Webb Lab)
Long Live FOXOs: Defining the Direct Targets of Pro-Longevity FOXO Transcription Factors.

Lauren Watts (Zhitkovich Lab)
The Unknown Side of Formaldehyde: A Selective HIFα-Depleting Agent.

Mar 20, 2018:           
Anna Petrashen (Sedivy Lab)
Translational regulation of insulin-like growth factor 1 by MYC.

Arjun Mathur (Reenan Lab)
Double Trouble: Investigation of endogenous double stranded RNA toxicity.

Feb 13, 2018:            
Chathuraka T. Jayasuriya (Dept. of Orthopaedics, RIH)
Potential Role of Osteoarthritis Cartilage Stem Cells in Degenerative Joint Disease.

Amanda Audesse (Webb Lab)
Molecular Regulation of Cell Cycle Arrest in Glioblastoma Multiforme.

Nov 14, 2017:          
Melissa Silvestrini (Lapierre Lab)
A Novel and Conserved Autophagy Activator that Modulates Lifespan.

Erin Kennedy (Delaney Lab)
 The Initiation of Base Excision Repair in Nucleosome Core Particles.

Oct 10, 2017:            
Diego Jaime (Fallon Lab)
The BMP co-receptor MuSK regulates myogenesis.

Jocelyn Newton (Sedivy/Jogl Labs)
Exploring the mechanisms of  LINE-1 inhibition by nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors.


Sept 12, 2017: 
Sun Maybury-Lewis (Webb Lab)
Dynamics of chromatin accessibility in neural stem cell activation.

Kevin Murphy (Koren Lab)
Diminished Autophagy Contributes to Aberrant Ca2+ Homeostasis and Arrhythmogenesis in Aging Rabbit Hearts.

Apr. 11, 2017
Wentian Yang (Rhode Island Hospital)
SHP2 regulated endochondral ossification by modulating osteogenic differentiation of hypertrophic chondrocytes.

John Santiago (Rand Lab)
mtDNA Alters the Transcriptional Rapamycin Response in the Drosophila Fat. 

Mar. 14, 2017
Trenton Woodham (Sedivy and Webb Lab)
ATAC on all fronts: Optimization of a state-of-the-art chromatin accessibility assay.

Jackson Taylor (Helfand Lab)
Mechanisms of Lifespan Regulation by Sirt6 in Drosophila melanogaster.

Feb. 14, 2017
Leila Rieder (Larschan Lab)
Chromatin and Gene Expression at the Histone Locus.

Yee Voan Teo (Neretti Lab)
Analysis of cell-free DNA with age

Dec. 13, 2016
Takahiro Ito (Sedivy Lab)
EZHing  Out of Senescence.

Olin Liang (Rhode Island Hospital)
Hematopoiesis in Development and Aging.

Nov. 15, 2016
Kristin Gribble (Marine Biological Laboratory)
Offspring aging is transgenerationally determined by maternal age and diet.

Patrycja Dubielecka-Szczerba (Rhode Island Hospital)
Myeloproliferative neoplasms: a story of the stem cells getting old.

Oct. 25, 2016
Stephanie Post (Tatar Lab)
Distinguishing shared and differential functions of Drosophila insulin-like peptides dilp2 and dilp5 in aging and metabolism.

Anna Petrashen (Sedivy Lab)
The MYC-ing link; convergence of pro-longevity pathways under one regulator.

Apr. 19, 2016 
Marco DeCecco (Sedivy Lab)
LINE-ing up against autoimmunity.  

Aaron Held (Wharton Lab)
Studying Lou Gehrig'sdisease in Drosophila.

Mar. 15, 2016
Jill Kreiling (Sedivy lab)
Age-Associated Deregulation of miRNAs.

Nicole Seah (Lapierre Lab)
Limiting Lipid Secretion Promotes Lipophagy and Longevity. 

Feb 16, 2016
Jason Wood (Helfand Lab)
Sirt4 Regulates Longevity and Metabolism.  

Steven Criscione (Neretti/Sedivy Labs)
The Big Crunch Theory of the Aging Genome.

Apr. 14, 2015
Brian Jones (Helfand lab) 
A somatic piRNA pathway in Drosophila fat body with aging-associated implications.

Stephanie Post (Tatar lab)
A tale of two peptides: Characterizing unique cell signaling of Drosophila insulin-like peptides.

Mar. 17, 2015                           
Emily Kaye (Larschan lab) 
CLAMP versus GAF: Transcription factor competition throughput the genome.

Ashely Webb (Webb lab)
Molecular mechanisms underlying stem cell aging and preservation.

Feb. 17 , 2015
Yannis Savva (Reenen lab)
The RNA editing enigma.

Louis Lapierre (Lapierre lab)
Integration of longevity gene expression and metabolism with lysosomal function.

Apr. 22, 2014
Kun Yang (Chen lab)
microRNA-365 is a potent stimulator of chondrocyte hypertrophy and cartilage aging in mice.

Sara Ortega (Zhitkovich lab)
ATM activation by formaldehyde.

Mar 14, 2014
Brian Jones (Helfand lab)
Characterizing a somatic piRNA pathway in Drosophila fat body with aging-associated implications.

Jason Dobson (Larschan lab) 
X marks the spot: Evolution of Drosophila dosage compensation.

Nov. 19, 2013
Eric Gustafson (Freiman lab)
Stem cell-mediated regulation of male reproductive aging.

Takahiro Ito (Sedivy lab)
Polycomb group protein EZH2: a pivotal regulator in controlling cellular senescence pathways.

Oct. 15, 2013
Nicolas Fawzi (Fawzi lab)
Seeing the molecular details of protein aggregation in degenerative diseases of aging.

Hua Bai (Tatar lab)
TGF-β/Activin as a negative regulator for longevity and muscle autophagy in Drosophila.

Apr. 2, 2013
Xiaoai Zhao (Sedivy lab)
Mechanisms by which c-Myc regulates cellular metabolism and aging.

Wentian Yang (Chen group)
The role of PTPase Shp2  in osteoclasotogenesis and its therapeutic implication.

Feb. 26, 2013
Katherine Grive (Freiman lab) 
Aging of the ovary: transcription vs. chromatin state in premature ovarian senescence.

Kelly Schermerhorn (Delaney lab)
Base excision repair of oxidative DNA damage.

Jan. 22, 2013
Ana Hernandez (Tatar lab)
Immune senescence in the Drosophila malpighian tubule.

Marissa Holmbeck (Rand lab)
Lost in translation: A mitochondrial and nuclear incompatibility results in reduced lifespan and mitochondrial dysfunction in Drosophila.

Dec 18, 2012
Jason Wood (Helfand lab)
Chromatin remodeling during aging and dietary restriction in Drosophila melanogaster.

Nicholas Bellono (Oancea lab)
Solar ultraviolet radiation, human skin, and photoageing.

Nov 20, 2012
Marco De Cecco (Sedivy lab)
Rearrangement of chromatin conformation during replicative senescence of normal human diploid fibroblasts.

Rachel Whitaker (Helfand lab)
Dose-dependent effects of dSir2 over-expression on lifespan in the fruit fly.

Oct 23, 2012
Steven Criscione (Neretti/Sedivy labs)
A computational method to examine epigenetic and expression changes of repetitive elements from high-throughput sequencing data.

Lei Zhu (Rand lab)
Mitochondrion, nuclear genome and diet interactions that alter Drosophila melanogaster lifespan.

Oct. 2, 2012
Jessica Cherry (Larschan lab)
Mechanisms of coordinate gene regulation.

Leroy Cooper (Koren lab)
Age-associated alterations of the pro-arrhythmic substrate and trigger in a rabbit model of cardiac aging.

Apr. 24, 2012
Komudi Singh (Hart lab)
Stress and aging in C. elegans.

Kristin Gribble (Mark Welch lab)
Aging, calorie restriction and sex in rotifers.

Mar. 20, 2012                                              
Hua Bai (Tatar lab)                              
Insulin/IGF signaling regulates longevity through TGF-b/activin in Drosophila.                                           

Jill Kreiling (Sedivy lab)                     
Chromatin remodeling during aging: A tale of two processes.       

Feb. 28, 2012                                               
Yannis Savva (Reenan lab)               
ADAR meets the silencer in aging Drosophila                                           

Catherine Volle (Delaney lab)          
The trouble with triples: ROS-induced DNA damage and its effects on trinucleotide repeat sequences