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Drexel University College of Medicine,

Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy Seminar Series



Date:   Wednesday 30th, March 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:   Microtubule-based transport in neurons

Presentation by:       

Jill Wildonger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, WI


Date:   Wednesday 6th, April 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic: Birth and Diversity of Midbrain Dopamine Neurons          

Presentation by:       

Rajeshwar Awatramani

Associate Professor

Dept. of Neurology and Ctr. for Genetic Medicine

Scientific Director, Transgenic and Targeted Mutagenesis Laboratory

Northwestern University

Chicago, IL


Date:   Monday 11th, April 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:   Biomaterials for Cell Transplantation and Drug Delivery for Spinal Cord Injury

Presentation by:       

Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert, PhD

Joseph and Florence Farrow Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Vice Dean for Research - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Co-Director of the Center of Regenerative Medicine

Washington University

St Louis, MO


Date:   Wednesday 20th, April 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:   Reversing cortical interneuron deficits in animal models

Presentation by:       

Patricio O'Donnell, MD, PhD

Senior Research Fellow

Head, Psychiatry Discovery Research

Neuroscience Research Unit

Pfizer, Inc

Cambridge, MA


Date:   Wednesday 27th, April 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:   Enhancing Goal-Directed Behavior in Mice

Presentation by:       

Eleanor H. Simpson, Ph.D.

Research Scientist VI

New York State Psychiatric Inst

Assistant Professor, Columbia University Med Coll

New York, NY


Date:   Wednesday 4th, May 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:   Neural mechanisms underlying effort-related decision making; implications for psychiatric illness

Presentation by:       

Stanley B. Floresco, PhD


Department of Psychology

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada


Date:   Wednesday 11th, May 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:   Regulation of microtubule plus-end dynamics in growth cone motility

Presentation by:       

Laura Anne Lowery, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biology

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA


Date:   Tuesday 24th, May 2016 @ 9-10 AM (followed by discussion 10am-12pm)

Seminar Topic:   Axol Bioscience, Your Discovery Stems From Here (iPSCs technology and its application)

Presentation by:       

Naomi Wessel-Carpenter

Director of Commercial Development

Axiol Bioscience, Inc.

Location:  Conference room #261


Date:   Wednesday 8th, June 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:   Initial Clinical Trials of hESC-Derived Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells in Subacute Spinal Cord Injury

Presentation by:       

Edward Wirth, III, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Asterias Biotherapeurics, Inc

Fremont, CA


Date:   Wednesday 15th, June 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  Neural Devices to Promote Plasticity and Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury        

Presentation by:       

Chet Moritz, Ph.D.

Allen Distinguished Investigator

Associate Professor

Division of Physical Therapy

Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics

Deputy Director, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

Faculty, Program in Neuroscience

University of Washington

Seattle, WA


Date:   Thursday 7th, July 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  The addicted synapse: Molecular Mechanisms of Drug-induced Plasticity        

Presentation by:       

David Dietz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

University at Buffalo

State University of New York

Buffalo, NY


Date:   Monday 11th, July 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  Cell type- and circuit-specific epigenetic mechanisms in addiction      

Presentation by:       

Gregory Sartor, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Associate

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Miami

Miami, FL



Seminar Topic:           

Presentation by:       

JR Yates




 Michael Goldberger Conference Room

Room 276, Queen Lane Campus

The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Drexel University College of Medicine

2900 Queen Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129

(215) 991-8401