CMBB Seminar Series Fall 2023

August 21


September 12

Tod Fairbanks

Tod Fairbanks, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology,
Palm Beach State College

"Discover the Way a Biology Degree Can Guide Your Career Path"

Host: David Binninger, Ph.D.



Raul Perez-Olle

Raul Perez-Olle, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President,
Head of Clinical Development & Medical Affairs,
Imvax, Inc.

"Cancer & Immunotherapy "

Host: Miguel Lopez-Toledano, Ph.D.





September 11


September 18


Vesna Tesic, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor-Research,
Department of Neurology
Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA

"Neuroprotective Actions of Neurosteroids: From Development to Aging "

Host: Shailaja Allani, Ph.D.




Giri Narasimhan, Ph.D.
Ryder Endowed Professor, Bioinformatics Research Group (BioRG)
Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences
Florida International University, Miami, FL

"The Social Network of Microbes"

Host: Shailaja Allani, Ph.D.




September 25


October 2



Manas Biswal, Ph.D.
Director, Ophthalmic Research and Education Consortium (OREC),
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS)
Taneja College of Pharmacy
University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, FL

"Fortifying Retinal Wellness: Mitigating Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress induced pathophysiology in Dry-AMD through Gene and Drug Therapy "

Host: Howard Prentice, Ph.D.



Brendan Walker, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Research,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Morsani College of Medicine,
University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, FL

"Dynorphin / Kappa Opioid Receptor Dysregulation in Alcohol Use Disorder"

Host: Lucia Carvelli, Ph.D.





October 9


October 16


Courtney Hudson-Paz, Ph.D.
Founder and Program Director of The Time Initiative – Accelerating Talent in Aging Biology
New York, NY

"A Glimpse into Aging Biology: Help Create a Future Where We Can All Live Healthier Longer"

Host: Shailaja Allani, Ph.D.




Henry Rodriguez, Ph.D., M.S., M.B.A.
Director, Office of Cancer Clinical Proteomics Research, NCI, NIH
Former Assistant Director, Strategic Health and Cancer Science
The White House

"Charting a Federal Career in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology"

Host: Shailaja Allani, Ph.D.





October 23


October 30


Jeff Brotherton, Ph.D.
Emeritus Associate Professor of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Converse University
Spartanburg, SC

Fishing for Arabidopsis Gene Function: At3g55870

Host: Xing-Hai Zhang, Ph.D.



Rolando Oyola Martinez, Ph.D.,
Universidad de Puerto Rico Humacao

"Gallium Nanomaterials for Potential Applications Associated to Biomedicine and Chemical Analysis"

Host: Deguo Du, Ph.D.





November 6


November 13


Aref Zarin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
Texas A&M Institute of Neuroscience (TAMIN)
Texas A&M University

"Studying the neural basis of locomotion in Drosophila larvae using optogenetics, biomechanics, and connectomics"

Host: Tanja Godenschwege, Ph.D.





Keith Choe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology,
University of Florida

"Molecular insights into how animals sense and respond to environmental stress learned from the model nematode,   Caenorhabditis elegans"

Host: Kailiang Jia, Ph.D.




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