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John H. Blaffer Lecture Series

Each week from September through May, an internationally recognized scientist is invited to speak and present his or her latest results. Students have the opportunity to meet and interact with these distinguished scientists, and each year they are encouraged as a group to select, invite and host a speaker for one of the Blaffer lectures.

Onstead Auditorium, BSRB Room S3.8012, 4:00 p.m.
Onstead Auditorium is accessible from the Main MD Anderson Bldg, via the 3rd/4th floor Tan Zone skybridges and the front entrance to the BSRB at 6767 Bertner.

View the lecture on MDA LIVE (
MDA LIVE is the streaming media service. Programs broadcast through this method can be viewed on any PC within MD Anderson. There is no outside viewing or viewing via VPN from outside.

Fall 2014

September 16

Speaker: Ellen Lumpkin, Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, NY
Title: “Mechanosensory mechanisms in mammalian touch receptors”
Host: Michael Galko, Ph.D.

September 23

Speaker: Stacey Ogden, Ph.D., St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN
Title: “Regulation of Hedgehog signaling”
Host: Michelle Barton, Ph.D.

October 7

Speaker: Kevin Struhl, Ph.D. (NAS), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Title: “Yeast transcriptional mechanisms and an epigenetic switch linking inflammation to cancer”
Host: Jessica Tyler, Ph.D.

October 14

Speaker: Richard Gibbs, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Title: “Resonance between clinical and research agendas in genomics”
Host: Guillermina Lozano, Ph.D. – Center For Genetics and Genomics

October 21

Speaker: David Sherwood, Ph.D., Duke University, Durham, NC
Title: “New in vivo models to understand metastasis”
Host: Richard Behringer, Ph.D.

November 4

Speaker: Lloyd Trotman, Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Title: “Engineering Metastasis and the Hope for Curing Prostate Cancer”
Host: Nicholas Navin, Ph.D.

November 11

Speaker: Greg Longmore, Ph.D., Bright Institute Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Title: “Epithelial morphogenesis during cancer metastasis”
Host: Swathi Arur, Ph.D.

November 18

Speaker: Johannes Walter, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Title: “The interplay of vertebrate DNA replication and repair”
Host: Lei Li, Ph.D.

December 2

Speaker: Brent Graveley, Ph.D., University Connecticut Medical Center, Farmington, CT
Title: “RNA Genomics”
Host: Bill Mattox, Ph.D.

December 9

Speaker: Yujiang Geno Shi, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Title: “Histone and DNA Demethylases in Cancer”
Host: Xiaobing Shi, Ph.D.

December 16

Speaker: Amy Weinmann, Ph.D., University of Alabama, Birmingham, AL
Title: “The molecular balance between lineage-specifying transcription factors impacts helper T cell fate and flexibility”
Host: Stephanie Watowich, Ph.D.


For further information contact Salbi Kassardjian at 713-834-6337.

Blaffer Journal Club

The weekly Blaffer Journal Club features the presentation and discussion of a paper from each Blaffer speaker’s lab, on the Thursday prior to their lecture. Everyone in G&D labs is invited to participate.

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