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Research Seminar Program at CHORI

As part of our commitment to education, CHORI established the Weekly Seminars, an opportunity for educational enrichment for CHORIís principal investigators, the scientific community, and the public at large.

Seminars are held in CHORIís charming "Little Theatre," which has been restored to its original state, circa 1923, and provides an historic setting with state-of-the-art digital equipment for national and international leaders in all areas of scientific research to present their newest ideas and explorations.

Free and open to the public, the Seminars occur every Tuesday in the
Little Theatre in Room 2319 at 4:00pm unless otherwise noted.

December 2011 Calendar
Anfora Tuesday, December 6 at 11:30AM
Andrew Anfora, Ph.D.
Lead Field Application Specialist, NimbleGen
Roche Applied Science
"Discovery and Detection of Genetic and Epigenetic Variations Contributing to Human Disease"
Hosted by: Cassandra Calloway, Ph.D.
Prestwich Tuesday, December 6 at 4:00PM
Distinguished Speaker
Glenn D. Prestwich
Presidential Professor, and Director, Center for Therapeutic Biomaterials
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, The University of Utah
"From Organic Chemistry to Regenerative Medicine: Realizing the Promise of Translational Research"
Hosted byRobert O. Ryan, Ph.D.
Rudel Wednesday, December 7 at 4:00PM
Lawrence L. Rudel, Ph.D., F.A.H.A.
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
"Cholesteryl oleate and ACAT2: underappreciated villians in atherosclerosis"
Hosted byRonald Krauss, Ph.D.

November 2011 Calendar

Tuesday, November 1 at 4:00PM
Daisy Sahoo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Clinical Nutrition
Medical College of Wisconsin
"The HDL receptor: How structural ambiguities affect cholesterol transport efficiency"
Hosted byRobert O. Ryan, Ph.D.


Monday, November 7 at 12:00PM
Dr. Caroline Dando
Fluidigm Corporation
The BioMark HD System
Hosted byElizabeth A. Trachtenberg, Ph.D.

Larry Gold

Tuesday, November 8 at 4:00PM
Larry Gold, Ph.D.
Chairman, Founder and CEO of SomaLogic - Founder of NeXstar and Synergen
SomaLogic, Boulder, Colorado

"Biomarker Discovery through Advanced Proteomics"
Hosted by: Bruce Ames, Ph.D.


Monday, November 14 at 12:00PM & 2:00PM and
Tuesday, November 15 at 9:00AM

Tony Onofrietti
Director of Research Education
University of Utah
Responsible Conduct of Research Training Seminar
Program description

Habib Tuesday, November 15 at 4:00PM
Shukry Habib, Dr.rer.nat.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Developmental Biology/Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Stanford University

"Can External Cues Induce Asymmetric Division of Stem Cells?"
Hosted by: Robert O. Ryan, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 22 at 4:00PM
Hussein Yassine, M.D.
Director, Lipid Clinic and Assistant Professor
Division of Endocrinology, University of Arizona
"HDL Proteomics in Cardiovascular Disease"
Hosted byAlexander H. Lucas, Ph.D.

October 2011 Calendar
Mordes Tuesday, October 4 at 4:00PM
John P. Mordes, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
UMass Medical School

"Genetics of juvenile diabetes. Still room for surprises?"
Hosted by: Janelle Noble, Ph.D.

Thursday, October 6 at 3:00PM
Tony Onofrietti
Director of Research Education
University of Utah
Responsible Conduct of Research Training Seminar
Program description

Usinger Tuesday, October 11 at 4:00PM
Bill Usinger, Ph.D.
Vice President, Head of R&D
Trellis Bioscience

"Mining Blood for Therapeutic Antibodies to Treat Infectious Disease"
Hosted by: Laura Hertel, Ph.D.
Umek Thursday October 13th 2011 at Noon
Robert M. Umek, Ph.D.
Director of External Scientific Affairs
Meso Scale Discovery

Advances in Multiplex Assays for Proteins, Carbohydrates and Other Macromolecules
Hosted by: Janet King

Tuesday, October 18 at 4:00PM
Rajesh Kumar, M.D.
Attending Physician
Division of Allergy, Children's Memorial Hospital
"Another Look at Asthma Disparities"
Hosted byAlexander H. Lucas, Ph.D.

Larry Gold Monday, October 24 at 4:00PM
Mark A. Atkinson, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology, University of Florida

"The Role for the Gut Microbiome in Type 1 Diabetes"
Hosted by: Janelle Noble, Ph.D.

September 2011 Calendar

Tuesday, September 13 at 10:00AM
Father Bonaventure Turyomumazima, Ph.D.
Coordinator and Member of the Board of Directors
Holy Innocents Children's Hospital, Uganda
Chancellor of Mbarara Diocese, Uganda
Event information
Hosted byChildren's Global Health Initiative


Tuesday, September 13 at 4:00PM
Gabriella Loots, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor/Biomedical Scientist
University of California, Merced & Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
"Mining the Human Genome for Functional Elements"
Hosted byAlexander H. Lucas, Ph.D.


Saturday, September 17 at 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Theil Fest 2011 Symposium
in the CHORI Library
Symposium Program


Tuesday, September 27 at 4:00PM
Jennifer Manilay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Natural Sciences, University of California, Merced
"Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells: Challenges In Development, Differentiation, and Immunogenicity"
Hosted byAlexander H. Lucas, Ph.D.

July 2011 Calendar

Monday, July 25 at 12:00PM
Charles H. King, M.D., M.S.
Professor of International Health, Center for Global Health and Diseases
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
Uriel Kitron, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Department of Environmental Studies
Emory Univerity - Atlanta, Georgia
"Microscope to Macroscope: Understanding the role of environmental complexity in disease causation"
Hosted byDesirée LaBeaud, M.D.

June/July 2011 Summer Student Seminar Calendar
Please note: Visitors are welcome to attend seminars in the Summer Student series

Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at 4:00PM
Patrick Walter, PhD
Staff Scientist, CHORI
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
University of Victoria

"Transfusional Iron Overload and Thalassemia"

Bollinger Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 4:00PM
Phillip Bollinger
Fear and Loathing of the Big Red X
"How to Correctly Assemble Your Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation Utilizing Sanctioned Procedures and Methodologies Within Accepted Microsoft Parameters"
Velasquez Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at 4:00PM
Griselda Velasquez
Program Advisor - Biology Scholars Program
University of California, Berkeley

Dean Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at 4:00PM
Deborah Dean, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Scientist, CHORI
"Recombination in Chlamydia and implications for emergence of virulent strains in human populations"
Vitteri Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 4:00PM
Fernando Vitteri, M.D., Sc.D.
Scientist, CHORI
"Importance of iron in the reproductive process: not too little and not too much"
Narayanaswami Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at 4:00PM
Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Ph.D.
Basic Science Program, Co-Director

Scientist, CHORI
Faculty, California State University, Long Beach
"Apolipoprotein E: A Tale of Two Diseases"

June 2011 Calendar
Segal Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 4:00PM
David J. Segal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Genome Center and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Disease
University of California, Davis

"Dissecting the genetic architecture of common diseases by genome engineering"
Hosted byPieter deJong, Ph.D.
Fietz Monday, June 20, 2011, at 4:00PM
Michael Fietz, Ph.D.
Head, National Referral Laboratory
SA Pathology, Women's and Children's Hospital, Austrailia
"Continuing evolution of Mucopolysaccharidosis testing: Aiming to diagnose quickly, early and effectively"
Hosted by: Paul Harmatz, M.D.

May 2011 Calendar
Yokoyama Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 4:00PM
Shinji Yokoyama, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Nagoya City University Graduate School of Medical Sciences & Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Chubu University
"Biogenesis of HDL by the ABCA1 pathway as a potential pharmacological target for anti-atherogenesis treatment"
Hosted by: Giorgio Cavigiolio, Ph.D.
Lustig Thursday, May 5, 2011, at 4:00PM
Robert Lustig, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology

University of California, San Francisco
"Dietary factors, NAFLD, and metabolic syndrome"
Hosted byAlexander H. Lucas, Ph.D.

April 2011 Calendar
Allsworth Monday, April 11, 2011, at 4:00PM
Jenifer Allsworth, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine
"Reducing Unintended Pregnancy: The Contraceptive CHOICE Project"
Hosted byJanelle Noble, Ph.D.
Kiselev Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 4:00PM
Andrey Kiselev, Ph.D.
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University of Washington

"Polymorphic Membrane Proteins of Chlamydia: their importance in therapeutic and vaccine development"
Hosted byDeborah Dean, MPH
German Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 4:00PM
J. Bruce German, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology
Director, Foods for Health Institute
University of California, Davis

"Milk Genomics: from marsupials to the NICU"
Hosted byJanet King, Ph.D.
McFadden Friday, April 22, 2011, at 2:00PM
Douglas Grant McFadden, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology University of Florida, College of Medicine
"The Curious Road from Poxvirus Tropism to Oncolytic
Hosted byLaura Hertel, Ph.D.

March 2011 Calendar

Thursday, March 17th at 4:00PM
Kimberly Capone, Ph.D.
Principal Scientist, Johnson & Johnson Consumer & Personal Products Worldwide
"The Human Microbiome from Infancy to Adulthood"
Hosted byDavid Durand, M.D.


February 2011 Calendar
Bowcock February 7, 2011 **Special Monday Seminar**
Anne M. Bowcock, PhD, Professor of Genetics, Pediatrics & Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
"Cancer Genetics in the Erat"
Hosted by: Ervin Epstein, MD
michell February 8, 2011
Robert H Michell, PhD, FRS
Department of Biochemistry, University of Birmingham, UK
"Inositol Phospholipids: Evolutionary Oringins and Accummulation of Functions"
Hosted byStuart Smith, PhD
Edward Mocarski February 22, 2011
Edward S. Mocarski Ph.D. ,Robert W. Woodruff Professor
Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Emory Vaccine Center
Emory University School of Medicine
"Newly discovered cell death pathways in cytomegalovirus infection and mammalian development"
Hosted by Laura Hertel, Ph.D.
John P. Shockcor

February 23, 2011 **Special Wednesday Seminar**
John P. Shockcor, Ph.D.
Dir. of Life Sci. Business Dev. at Waters Corp
“Development of a Lipidomic Platform Based on a QTof Ion-Mobility Mass Spectrometer for Targeted And Non-targeted Analysis” Hosted by Bodo Parady, Ph.D

CHORI Seminars Coordinator contact:
Laura Hertel, PhD
Phone: (510) 450-7989

revised: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 9:48 AM

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