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Seminars 2012-2013

biology department



Seminars are held in Higgins 310 at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon*.
Reception will follow in Higgins 465.

*Exceptions to this will be noted when necessary.


September 11, 2012

Targeting membrane lipids with designed peptides

Jianmin Gao, Ph.D.

Boston College


September 18, 2012

A versatile engineered platform for direct, multi-dimensional control of cellular RNA functions

Jacquin Niles, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering



September 25, 2012

Expression of p16INK4A in HPV-associated cancers:

More than just a biomarker

Margaret McLaughlin-Drubin, Ph.D.

Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School


October 2, 2012

no seminar scheduled


October 9, 2012

no seminar scheduled


October 16, 2012

Rethinking the rotting Y chromosome

Jennifer Hughes

Whitehead Institute, MIT


October 23, 2012

Determinants of host resistance to babesiosis:

An emerging infectious disease

Edouard Vannier, Ph.D.

Tufts University


November 6, 2012

Tracking the evolution of novel enzymatic function at atomic resolution

Douglas Theobald, Ph.D.

Brandeis University


November 13, 2012

How a cell gets its shape and makes the right connections

Maxwell G. Heiman, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School


November 20, 2012

no seminar scheduled


November  27, 2012

Using yeast to study eukaryotic transcription and chromatin strucure

Fred Winston, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School


November 29, 2012

Short chain fatty acid fermentation products of the gut microbiome:

Implications in autism spectrum disorders

Derrick MacFabe, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Western Ontario, Canada


December 4, 2012

Host and viral regulation of the innate immune sensors RIG-1 and MDA5

Michaela Gack, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School


December 7, 2012

What is the epigenetic landscape of the human kinetochore?

William Earnshaw, Ph.D.

Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology

University of Edinburgh


December 11, 2012