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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 CHORI’s principal investigators, the scientific community, and the public at large.

Seminars are held in CHORI’s 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

February 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, February 18th at 12:00PM
Peter Tontonoz, M.D. Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
"Integration of lipid metabolism and inflammation by nuclear receptors"
Hosted by: Ronald Krauss, M.D.
Tuesday, February 25th at 12:00PM
Tom Dubensky, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer
Aduro Biotech
"Harnessing the Immunologic Potency of Listeria monocytogenes to Develop Vector- and Small molecule-Based Immuno Oncology Therapies"
Hosted by: Henry Erlich, Ph.D.

March 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, March 4th at 12:00PM
Rebecca DuBois, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomolecular Engineering
UC Santa Cruz
"Structure-based strategies to develop vaccines and drugs targeting childhood viruses"
Hosted by: Peter Beernink, Ph.D.

Monday, March 10th at 12:00PM
Hani Atamna, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neuroscience & Biochemistry, Department of Basic Sciences
The Commonwealth Medical College
"Drug Repositioning: Methylene Blue, Mitochondria, and Cellular Aging"
Hosted by: Bruce Ames, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 11th at 12:00PM
William J. Bosl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Health Informatics Program
University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions
"Neurotechnology for Early Detection of Neurodevelopmental Disorders"
Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 18th at 12:00PM
William Jagust, M.D.
Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience
University of California, Berkeley and
Faculty Senior Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"Relationships between Cerebrovascular disease, brain beta-amyloid, and dementia"
Hosted by: Ronald Krauss, M.D.
Tuesday, March 25th at 12:00PM
Laurent Coscoy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
"Regulation of stimulatory NK-cell ligands on infected cells"
Hosted by: Laura Hertel, Ph.D.

April 2014 Calendar


Tuesday, April 1st at 12:00PM
Mina Bissell, Ph.D.
Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"Why Don't We Get More Cancer?"
Hosted by: Ervin Epstein, M.D.


Thursday, April 17th at 12:00PM
Antti Sajantila, M.D.
Visiting professor, Institute of Applied Genetics, Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics, University of North Texas, Ft. Worth Texas (originally: Department of Forensic Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland)
"Next Generation Sequencing – aspects in human identification and post mortem pharmacogenetics"
Hosted by: Henry Erlich, Ph.D.

May 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, May 27th at 12:00PM
James A. Olzmann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Program in Metabolic Biology, Nutritional Science & Toxicology
University of California, Berkeley
"Ubiquitin: At the intersection of ER protein quality control and lipid droplet biogenesis"
Hosted by: Giorgio Cavigiolio, Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 28th at 12:00PM
David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health"Getting Fat: Consequence or Cause of Overeating?"
Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.

June 2014 Calendar
Thursday, June 12th at 12:00PM
Graham Ogle, MBBS, FRACP
General Manager, International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child Program
"For no child should die of diabetes: the International Diabetes Federation Life for a Child Program"
Hosted by: Janelle Noble, Ph.D.
Tuesday, June 17th at 12:00PM
Laura Waller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley, Department of
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
"Computational microscopy for 3D and gigapixel phase imaging"
Hosted by: Horst Fischer, Ph.D.

July 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, July 8th at 12:00PM
Mary Ann Santos
Technical Sales Specialist Synthetic Biology
Life Technologies
"Introduction to CRISPR technology and genomic engineering"
Hosted by: Marisa Wong Medina, Ph.D.
Tuesday, July 22nd at 12:00PM
Curt Scharfe, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Molecular Genetics fellow,
Pathology Department, Sr. Scientist, Stanford Genome Technology Center,
Stanford University
"Pediatric Genomics: From discovery to diagnostics"
Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.

August 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, August 19th at 12:00PM
Kim J. Hasenkrug, Ph.D.
Chief, Retroviral Immunology Section
Rocky Mountain Laboratories, National Institutes of Health
"Advances in the Development of a Humanized Mouse Model for Transplantation and Infectious Disease Studies"
Hosted by: Bert Lubin, M.D.

Tuesday, August 26th at 12:00PM
Casey Chin
LSR Business Manager – Luminex Corporation
"Advances In Multiplexing Technology"
Hosted by: Lorelle Parker, M.S., Psy.D.

This seminar hour will be shared with Dr. Braunschweig

Tuesday, August 26th at 12:00PM
Daniel Braunschweig, Ph.D.
Proteomics Systems Specialist, Bio-Rad Laboratories
"Recent Developments in Multiplex Immunoassays for Translational Medical Research"
Hosted by: Lorelle Parker, M.S., Psy.D.

September 2014 Calendar

Tuesday, September 9th at 12:00PM
Maxine McClain, Ph.D.
Field Application Specialist, Fluidigm Corporation
"Fluidigm’s Single Cell Genomics. Imagine the possibilities from targeted gene expression, mRNAseq or DNAseq from a single cell. Come learn and sign up to participate in an onsite demonstration of the platform"

Hosted by: Cassandra Calloway, Ph.D.

Wednesday, September 10th at 4:00PM
Samuel I. Miller, M.D.
Professor of Microbiology, Genome Sciences, and Medicine, Adjunct Professor, Immunology, Univeristy of Washington
"Cellular GWAS to define human innate immune diversity"

Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.

Friday, September 12th at 3:00PM
Mitchell D. Knutson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry and Director, Nutritional Sciences Interdisciplinary Ph.D.
Program Food Science and Human Nutrition Department,
University of Florida

"Molecular Mechanisms of Tissue Iron Loading: Implications for Iron Overload Disorders"

Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.

Tuesday, September 16th at 12:00PM
Peter Clifton, FRACP, Ph.D.
NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Professor of Nutrition, School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, Sansom Institute, University of South Australia
"Obesity Diet and Vascular Function"
Hosted by: Ronald Krauss, M.D.

October 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, October 28th at 12:00PM
Kate L Seib, FASM
NHMRC Career Development Fellow, Institute for Glycomics, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
"Challenges for development of a gonococcal vaccine"
Hosted by: Dan Granoff, M.D.

November 2014 Calendar
Tuesday, November 4th at 12:00PM
Paul Williams, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist - Life Sciences Division,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
"How much exercise do you really need"
Hosted by: Janet King, Ph.D.

Tuesday, November 25th at 12:15PM
Valerian E. Kagan, Ph.D., Dsc
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Professor of Chemistry, Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Radiation Oncology, Director, Center
for Free Radical and Antioxidant Health, University of Pittsburgh

"Cardiolipin as a signaling switch in mitochondria"

Hosted by: Bruce Ames, Ph.D.


Revised: Thursday, January 8, 2015 2:02 PM


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