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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


Date:   Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  Dissecting Aversive 5-HT Circuits in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis      

Presentation by:       

Catherine Marcinkiewcz, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Department of Pharmacology and the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Chapel Hill, NC


Date:   Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  Dissecting the Molecular and Circuit Based Mechanisms of Drug Addiction      

Presentation by:       

Erin Calipari, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

New York, NY


Date:   Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  Chemo/Optogenetic Dissection of Neural Circuitry Gouverning Food Intake      

Presentation by:       

Yunlei Yang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neuroscience and Physiology

SUNY Upstate Medical University

Syracuse, NY


Date:   Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  Dissecting Opioid Circuits in Motivated Behaviors      

Presentation by:       

Ream Al-Hasani, Ph.D.


Department of Anesthesiology

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO


Date:   Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

Seminar Topic:  Unlocking Mechanisms of Motor Neuron Disease      

Presentation by:       

Katharina Quinlan, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Northwestern Medecine

Chicago, IL




 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