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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.

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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 2015

September 22

Speaker: John Stamatoyannopoulos, M.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Title: “TBA”
Host: Ralf Krahe, Ph.D.

September 29

Speaker: Michael Overholtzer, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY
Title “Inducing Alternative Forms of Cell Death”
Host: George Eisenhoffer, Jr., Ph.D.

October 6

Speaker: Christine Eischen, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Title “Insights into Mdm2 and Myc Reveal New Cancer Treatment Avenues”
Host: M. James You, M.D., Ph.D.

October 13

Speaker: Vicki Lundblad, Ph.D., Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA
Title: “TBA”
Host: Guillermina Lozano, Ph.D.

October 20

Speaker: Ralph Scully, MBBS, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Title: “TBA”
Host: TBA

October 27

Speaker: Jorge Moscat, Ph.D., Sanford Institute, La Jolla, CA
Title: “Targeting Autophagy and Nutrient Sensing by p62 and mTOR in Cancer”
Host: Boyi Gan, Ph.D.

November 3

Speaker: Ralph Deberardinis, M.D., Ph.D., UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX
Title: “Understanding Metabolic Heterogeneity in Cancer Cells and Tumors”
Host: David Piwnica-Worms, M.D., Ph.D.

November 10

Speaker: Ian Macara, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Title: “Cell Polarity and Epithelial Homeostasis in Mammary Morphogenesis and Cancer”
Host: Andrew Gladden, Ph.D.

December 1

Speaker: Helen McNeill, Ph.D., Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Toronto, ON
Title:“Coordinating Growth and Tissue Organization in Vivo”
Host: Rachel Miller, Ph.D.

December 8

Speaker: John Petrini, Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York, NY
Title: “On DNA Damage Signaling”
Host: Junjie Chen, Ph.D.

December 15

Speaker: Ira Hall, Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Title: “TBA”
Host: Nick Navin, Ph.D.

For further information please 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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