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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 host one of the speakers.

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 (http://inside.mdanderson.org/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.

Spring 2015

January 6

Speaker: Peter Dirks, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Title: “The brain cancer stem cell matrix”
Host: Sadhan Majumder, Ph.D.

January 13

Speaker: Raphael Kopan, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Title: “Defying time: From progenitors to nephrones”
Host: Swathi Arur, Ph.D.

January 27

Speaker: David Threadgill, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Title: “Modeling population genetic heterogeneity to investigate the intersection between environmental exposure and cancer susceptibility”
Host: Richard Behringer, Ph.D. - Sponsored by the Center for Genetics and Genomics

February 3

Speaker: David Pellman, Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Title: “The consequences of whole genome duplications in evolution and cancer”
Host: Jill Schumacher, Ph.D.

February 10

Speaker: Cara Gottardi, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Title: “Adhesion and nuclear signaling regulation by cadherins and catenins”
Host: Andrew Gladden, Ph.D.

February 17

Speaker: Gabriele Bergers, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, CA
Title: “Targeting the vascular niche: An immune cell’s perspective”
Host: Guillermina Lozano, Ph.D. - Sponsored by the Center for Genetics and Genomics

February 24

Speaker: Dave Tuveson, Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Title: “TBA”
Host: Randy Johnson, Ph.D.

March 3

Speaker: Ido Amit, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Title: “Chromatin and single cell dynamics during blood formation”
Host: Howard Gutstein, M.D.

March 10

Speaker: Nancy Speck, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Title: “Hematopoietic stem cell formation and function”
Host: Lalitha Nagarajan, Ph.D.

March 31

Speaker: Christopher Chen, Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA
Title: “Force, form, and the regulation of cell and tissue function”
Host: Andrew Gladden, Ph.D.

 April 21

Speaker: Anne Brunet, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Title: “Epigenetic and metabolic regulation of aging”
Host: Boyi Gan, Ph.D.

April 28

Speaker: Joe Gray, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
Title: “Spatial system biology and cancer - from omics to architecture”
Host: Nicholas Navin, Ph.D. - Sponsored by the Center for Genetics and Genomics

May 5

Speaker: Anthony Oro, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Title: “Tumor heterogeneity and evolution in human skin cancer”
Host: Kenneth Tsai, M.D., Ph.D.

May 12

Speaker: Miriam Goodman, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
Title: “Mechanical and biochemical control of the sense of touch”
Host: Swathi Arur, Ph.D.

May 19

Speaker: Edward Morrisey, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Title: “Mechanisms for generating and regenerating the cardiopulmonary system”
Host: Jichao Chen, Ph.D.

 

For further information contact Elva Lopez at 713-834-6325.

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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