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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 12:00pm unless otherwise noted.

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

December 2013 Calendar

Tuesday, December 3rd at 4:00PM
Joseph J. Kehayias, Ph.D.
Director, Body Composition Laboratory, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University
"New methods for field assessment of body composition, frailty and nutritional status"
Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.

Tuesday, December 10th at 12:00PM
Grete Sonderstrup, M.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Stanford University School of Medicine
"New spontaneous diabetes syndrome in adolescent mice"
Hosted by: Janelle A. Noble, Ph.D.

November 2013 Calendar

Tuesday, November 5th at 12:00PM
Dr. Julia Von Oettingen
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Boston
"Global Pediatric Diabetes - A perspective from Haiti"
Hosted by: Janelle A. Noble, Ph.D.

October 2013 Calendar

Tuesday, October 22nd at 4:00PM
Elizabeth J. Parks, Ph.D., F.A.H.A., F.T.O.S.
Professor, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
Associate Director, Clinical Research Center, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
"Variability in the secretion of intestinal lipid"
Hosted by: Ronald Krauss, M.D.

September 2013 Calendar

Tuesday, September 3rd at 12:00PM
Pankaj Kapahi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Buck Institute & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Urology
University of California, San Francisco
"Uncovering mechanisms of lifespan extension by dietary restriction using D.melanogaster"
Hosted by: David Killilea

Tuesday, September 10th at 12:00PM
Gary Nagamori
Director of Future Technologies, Vice President
"Scientific Big Data: Confluence of Information and Communications Technologies, Biomedical Research and Global Public Health"
Hosted by: Deborah Dean, M.D, M.P.H.

August 2013 Calendar
Thursday, August 1st at 4:00PM
Daniel J. Nolan, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Angiocrine Bioscience
"Vascular niche technology for in vitro stem cell expansion and organ regeneration"
Hosted by: Robert O. Ryan, Ph.D.
Tuesday, August 27th at 12:00PM
Benny Liu, M.D.
Attending Physician at Highland Hospital (Alameda Health Systems)
Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco
"Therapeutic Potential of Cyclodextrin in the Treatment of Niemann-Pick Type C Disease"
Hosted by: Caroline Hastings

July 2013 Calendar
Tuesday, July 2nd at 12:00PM
Priya Kishnani, M.D., M.B. B.S.
Division Chief, Medical Genetics
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
"Updates and recent advances in Pompe disease"
Hosted by: Paul Harmatz, M.D.

June/July/August 2013 Summer Student Seminar Calendar
Please note: Visitors are welcome to attend all
seminars in the Summer Student series;
Thursday seminars have lunch provided for students only
Alexander Monday, June 24th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Summer Student Research Program Orientation
Keynote Speaker: Charles J. Alexander, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity, Director, Academic Advancement Program
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

"How Leaky is the Health Sciences Pipeline?"

Thursday, June 27th at 12:00PM*
Devan Block
CHORI/Ames Lab
Former Summer Student

Lunch provided for students only


Tuesday, July 9th at 4:00PM
Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Ph.D.
Basic Science Program, Co-Director
Associate Scientist, CHORI
Faculty, California State University, Long Beach

"Lipoproteins, Oxidative Stress and Cardiovascular Disease"


Tuesday, July 16th at 4:00PM
Bertram Lubin, M.D.
President and CEO
Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

Film: “Unnatural Causes”

Thursday, July 18th at 12:00PM*
Patty W. Siri-Tarino, PhD
Associate Staff Scientist and Program Director
The Family Heart and Nutrition Center
"Shifting the Paradigm: How the Latest Research is Changing How We Think About Diet and Heart Disease"
* Lunch provided for students only

Thursday, July 25th at 12:00PM*
John Matsui, Ph.D.
Director, Biology Scholars Program, Department of Integrative Biology
University of California, Berkeley

"Your Place in Science"
* Lunch provided for students only


Tuesday, July 30th at 4:00PM
Ellen B. Fung, Ph.D. RD CCD
Associate Research Scientist
Children's Hosp & Res Ctr, Oakland
HEDCO Health Sciences Center

"Strategies for Optimizing Bone Health in Patients with Thalassemia"

Thursday, August 1st at 12:00PM*
Beate Illek, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist

Stem Cell Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis"
* Lunch provided for students only


Tuesday, August 6th at 4:00PM
Mark Shigenaga, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist



Thursday, August 8th at 12:00PM*
Phillip Bollinger
Senior Systems Analyst

"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"
* Lunch provided for students only


Tuesday, August 13th at 4:00PM
Janet King, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Interim Executive Director



Tuesday, August 15th at 12:00PM
Phillip Bollinger
Senior Systems Analyst

"PowerPoint/InDesign Preparation for Posters and Talks"

June 2013 Calendar
Tuesday, June 11th at 12:00PM
Robert Bell, M.D.
Research Fellow, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland;
Resident Physician, UCSF East Bay Surgery Program
"Investigation of corticotropin-releasing factor's role in the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis"
Hosted by: Frans Kuypers, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 25th at 1:00PM
Karen Ottemann, Ph.D.
Dept. of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology
U.C. Santa Cruz
The mechanism of chemotaxis signal transduction and its role during host colonization in the ulcer-causing pathogen Helicobacter pylori.
Hosted by: Peter Beernink, Ph.D.

May 2013 Calendar
Tuesday, May 14th at 12:00PM
Dr. Alan Attie, Ph.D.
Jack Gorski Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Genetic Deconstruction of Type 2 Diabetes"
Hosted by: Ronald Krauss, M.D.
Tuesday, May 21st at 12:00PM
Liping Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition
University of California at Davis
"ZnT7 in insulin production and action"
Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.
Thursday, May 23rd at 12:00PM - CANCELLED
Eli Puterman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Health and Community Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
"Stress across the lifespan and cell aging: Pathways and moderators"
Hosted by: Allison Briscoe Smith
Tuesday, May 28th at 12:00PM
Lucia Carbone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
"The gibbon genome reveals a parallel between mechanisms of chromosomal rearrangements in species evolution and cancer"
Hosted by: David Martin, M.D.

April 2013 Calendar
Tuesday, April 23rd at 12:00PM
Shomyseh Sanjabi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of California, San Francisco
"Developing a mouse model of HIV elite controllers"
Hosted by: Janelle A. Noble, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 30th at 12:00PM
Richard G. Boles, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Genetics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Medical Director, Courtagen Life Sciences
"From Genetics to Genomics in the search for a biological explanation of the unexplainable: chronic fatigue, pain, GI dysmotility and other 'functional' symptomatology"
Hosted by: Bruce Ames, Ph.D.

March 2013 Calendar
Tuesday, March 5th at 12:00PM
Sharon Squazzo
Application Scientist
"Epigenetics for Everyone"
Hosted by: Denise Munoz
Tuesday, March 12th at 12:00PM
Juliet V. Spencer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Co-Chair
Department of Biology, University of San Francisco
"Modulation of Host Cytokines and Chemokines by Human Cytomegalovirus"
Hosted by: Laura Hertel, Ph.D.

February 2013 Calendar
Tuesday, February 5th at 12:00PM
Lewis L. Lanier, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Professor; and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UCSF

"Natural Killer Cells in Viral Immunity"
Hosted by: Janelle A. Noble, Ph.D.
Monday, February 11th at 12:00PM
Tim Read, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Genetics and Infectious Diseases
Richard Selden, M.D., Ph.D.

CEO, Network Biosystems, Inc.
"Application of genomics to developing rapid point-of-care diagnostics"
Hosted by: Deborah Dean, M.D, M.P.H.
Tuesday, February 12th at 12:00PM
Hamid Khoja, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Covaris Inc.
"Covaris: Advanced Preanalytical Technologies to Complement the Advanced Analytical Technologies for Genomics, Epigenetics and Proteomics"
Hosted by: Cassandra Calloway, Ph.D.

January 2013 Calendar
Tuesday, January 15th at 12:00PM
Tarif Awad, Ph.D.
Director of Global Market Development
"Sequenom MassARRAY Technology and its Utility in Translational Research"
Hosted by: Elizabeth A. Trachtenberg, Ph.D.
Tuesday, January 22nd at 12:00PM
Brittnee Jones, Ph.D. or Manisha Ray, Ph.D.
Field Applications Specialist(s)
Fluidigm Corporation
"Introducing the C1 Single-Cell AutoPrep System, Fluidigm’s newest addition to the burgeoning field of single-cell genomics"
Hosted by: Janelle A. Noble, Ph.D.
Tuesday, January 29th at 12:00PM
Diana Martin, Ph.D.
Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
"Serological Tools for Monitoring Trachoma Programss"
Hosted by: Deborah Dean, M.D, M.P.H.

Revised: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:43 AM

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