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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 at South Campus
All lectures are being video conferenced to the South Campus in the SCRB4 Auditorium, S1.1110.

Fall 2015

September 22

Speaker: John Stamatoyannopoulos, M.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Title: “(Epi-)Genomic Landscapes of Transcriptional Regulatory Circuits in Human and Mouse Development”
Sponsored by the Center for Genetics and
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: “Maintaining Telomere Homeostasis: The Intersection Between Telomerase and DNA Replication”
Host: Sean Post, Ph.D.

October 20

Speaker: Ralph Scully, MBBS, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Title: “Tumor Suppressor Functions of BRCA1 and BRCA2 at Stalled Replication Forks”
Host: Jessica Tyler, Ph.D.

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: “Structural Variation in Germline and Somatic Genomes”
Host: Nick Navin, Ph.D.

For further information please contact Nicholas Navin, Ph.D., Blaffer Committee Chair: or Elva Lopez, Program Manager:

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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