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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Neural oscillations: what, where, when, and why?

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | December 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Canceled


Bradley Voytek, University of California, San Diego

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce

Lecture | December 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Connie & Kevin Chou Hall


Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

College of Letters & Science, College of Chemistry


The Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields. The UMBC Meyerhoff family is now more than 1,300 strong, with over 1,000 alumni across the nation and nearly 300 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs.

This event is free and open to the public -- join us for talk & reception.


RSVP online.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Annual Capstone Lecture: "From In Vitro Biochemical Reconstitution to Single Molecule Live Cell Imaging: Breaking Down Gene Regulation"

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | December 8 | 3-4 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


Robert Tjian, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Department of Molecular & Cell Biology Annual Capstone Lecture

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Optically probing the neural basis of perception

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | January 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Hillel Adesnik, University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Seminar

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Note change in date


Polina Lishko, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Time resolution in cryo-EM and resolution in state space

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | January 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Joachim Frank, Columbia University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Evolution in rapidly adapting populations"

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Michael Desai, Harvard University

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


Natural selection and other evolutionary forces lead to particular patterns of evolutionary dynamics, and they leave characteristic signatures on the genetic variation within populations. We use a combination of theory and experiments to study the dynamics and population genetics of natural selection in asexual populations such as microbes and viruses.



Dissecting the form and function of host–microbe relationships within the intestine

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Travis Wiles**, University of Oregon

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Friday, February 2, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Transcription machinery and genome organization: A single molecule mechanistic view of how cellular machines assemble and function

Seminar: Division of Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD) | February 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Xavier Darzacq, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CANCELLED Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "RNA structure encodes specificity in intracellular phase transitions"

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Amy Gladfelter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


The Gladfelter lab is interested in how cells are organized in time and space.  We study how cytoplasm is spatially patterned and how cells sense their own shape.  We also investigate how timing in the cell division cycle can be highly variable yet still accurate.



A natural mouse model of cryptosporidiosis

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Adam Sateriale**, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Inhibitory control of learning signals

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


**Jason Christie**, Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Close encounters of the microbial kind: How Mycobacterium tuberculosis traverses the mucosal barrier

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Michael Shiloh, University of Texas Southwestern

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CRISPR-guided insights into the physiology and evolution of methanogenic archaea

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Dipti Nayak**, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Developing new immunotherapeutics by exploiting structural insights with protein engineering

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


K. Christopher Garcia, Stanford University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Life on the inside: the evolutionary consequences of intracellular parasitism in cryptic Fungi"

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Alisha Quandt

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


I'm interested in all aspects of fungal biology. My research is focused on addressing three fundamental questions in mycology: (1) How do fungi evolve the ability to switch hosts or adapt to utilize various substrates? (2) How do fungi interact with other microorganisms? and (3) Where are potential unexplored habitats of novel fungal diversity? Genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics,...   More >



Thursday, February 22, 2018

“Purinergic signaling pathways in testis”

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Marc Spehr, Aachen University, Germany

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

You take my breath away: How healthy guts exclude oxygen

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Mariana Byndloss**, University of California, Davis

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Friday, March 2, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Necroptosis beyond death: new roles for a cell death pathway in infection and immunity

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Andrew Oberst, University of Washington, Department of Immunology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

“Immune system regulation by microbiota in intestinal barrier homeostasis”

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | March 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Dan Littman, Skirball Institute and New York University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology



Immune system regulation by microbiota in intestinal barrier homeostasis

Seminar: Other | March 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Dan Littman, Skirball Institute and New York University, Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Professor of Molecular Immunology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, March 12, 2018

The fabric of the neocortex: a less-artificial intelligence

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | March 12 | 1-2 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


**Andreas Tolias**, Baylor College of Medicine

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology



Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Modulation of inflammation during tissue repair

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | March 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Stappenbeck Thaddeuse, Washington University, School of Medicine

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cu homeostasis in Chlamydomonas, handling economy to excess

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | March 15 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Sabeeha Merchant, University of California, Los Angeles

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology



Closing the Loop on Social Communication: From Circuits to Behavior and Back Again

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | March 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


**Mala Murthy**, Princeton University | Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Chiron Lecture: From energy input to signal output I: A glimpse of glucose uptake through GLUTs

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | March 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Nieng Yan, Princeton University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Chiron Lectures

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "The critical roles of (p)ppGpp in Gram positive bacteria"

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Jade Wang, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


Our research focuses on how living systems accurately duplicate and process their genetic information by regulating the central dogma processes of replication, transcription, and translation. Conserved from bacteria to humans, the central dogma lies at the heart of all cellular activities and its regulation is essential for survival and genome stability.



Chiron Lecture: From energy input to signal output II: – Snapshots of the voltage-gated Na+ and Ca2+ channels

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | March 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Nieng Yan, Princeton University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Chiron Lectures

Friday, March 23, 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018

CDB Symposium (in honor of Prof. Terry Machen): "Epithelial Cell Biology, Physiology and Disease"

Conference/Symposium: Division of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) | March 26 | 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center | Note change in time and location


David Bilder, University of California, Berkeley; Horst Fischer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; Kevin Foskett, University of Pennsylvania; Lin He, University of California, Berkeley; Aldebaran Hofer, Harvard Medical School; Beate Illek, Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute; Paul Negulescu, Vertex Pharmaceuticals; James Nelson, Stanford University; Christian Schwarzer, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Registration opens March 9. Register by March 22 online.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Antibody responses to conserved epitopes on the influenza virus surface glycoproteins

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | March 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Florian Krammer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Microbiology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, CEND (Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases)


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, April 2, 2018

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pushing the envelope to study dengue virus infections and vaccines

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Aravinda Desilva, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The gut microbiome: a master regulator of metabolism

Seminar: Divisions of BBS, CDB and GGD | April 4 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Lora Hooper, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Biology of Bedtime: Understanding Circadian Rhythms and Sleep

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | April 5 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Amita Sehgal, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, April 9, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Limits of Immunotherapy: Next Generation Anti-CTLA-4 Antibodies

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | April 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Alan Korman , Bristol-Myers Squibb, Immuno-Oncology Discovery

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



Beyond Diversity: Building A Culture of Inclusion in STEM Education

Special Event | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium


Tracy L. Johnson, Ph.D., Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA

Paul Barber, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

Tyrone B. Hayes, Ph.D., Department of Integrative Biology, UCB

College of Division of Biological Sciences Letters & Science


A lecture and panel discussion (3:30-5:00 pm) followed by a reception (after 5 pm).

The greatest population growth in the US is happening in precisely the populations that remain profoundly underrepresented in the sciences. It is clear that the long-term vitality of the scientific enterprise in the US is dependent on preparing a broader population of young people to be the scientific leaders...   More >


Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

All Audiences

RSVP online.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Ants, agriculture, and antibiotics"

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Cameron Currie, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


Our research focuses on the ecology and evolution of symbiotic associations between animals and microbes. We utilize a cross-disciplinary approach incorporating ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, genetic, and microbiological approaches and employ molecular ecology and phylogenetic techniques to examine how microbes shape the biology of higher organisms.



Friday, April 13, 2018

MCB Postdoc Lunch Club: "Careers in Industry"

Social Event | April 13 | 12-1 p.m. |  Life Sciences Addition | Note change in date and location


Jacob Corn, UCB; Dustin Dovala, Investigator II at Novartis (NIBR), Protein Biochemistry; Marissa Matsumoto, Scientist at Genentech, Structural Biology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology



Spring Honors Poster Session

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | April 13 | 3-5 p.m. | Li Ka Shing Center, 2nd Floor Lobby


Spring Honors Poster Session

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Is a Ph.D for me?

Conference/Symposium | April 14 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center


Dr. Bill Burkholder, Associate Director,, Scientific Program Management,, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub; Dr. Mona Minkara, Computational Chemistry,, Postdoctoral Research Fellow,, University of Minnesota

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Is a PhD for Me? Resources to help students with disability, evaluate and navigate research degrees in Biomedical Sciences.

Upcoming Conference

“Is a PhD for Me” What you can be with a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences is a free one-day conference that will provide information to students with disabilities who are thinking about applying to graduate school. The conference will take place on...   More >


If you require any accommodations to fully participate in this event (i.e. interpreting, CART captioning, materials presented in alternative formats, etc.) please contact Ben Perez at bperez@berkeley.edu. Enroll online.

Monday, April 16, 2018

BBS Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | April 16 | 3-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


BBS Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

IandP Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


I&P Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CDB Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) | April 18 | 12-2 p.m. | 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building


CDB Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



GGD Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD) | April 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


GGD Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEURO Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


NEURO Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, April 23, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulated protein degradation in bacterial growth and stress response"

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Peter Chien, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


We are an interdisciplinary lab focused on understanding regulated protein degradation and quality control using biochemistry, structural biology and cell biology. Our primary approach is to use both molecular and cellular techniques to understand the mechanisms that lead to specific substrate processing during basic cellular events.



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | April 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Emery Brown , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Annual Alumni Seminar: “Modulating and rewiring cell division across diverse physiological contexts”

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | May 4 | 3-4 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center | Note change in location


Iain Cheeseman, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Department of Molecular & Cell Biology Annual Alumni Seminar

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Host adaptations to microbial diversity

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | May 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Kenneth Cadwell, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

Single-molecule studies of transcription

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | May 21 | 3-4 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Alexandros Pertsinidis, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Seize the moment: temporal structure in attention

Seminar: Neuroscience Student Seminar Series | May 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Kia Nobre, University of Oxford

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Eavesdropping on Cortical Plasticity

Seminar | June 14 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


Adi Mizrahi, The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills


One of the overarching goal in our lab is to understand cortical plasticity in adult circuits. This goal remains challenging because cortical neurons are functionally heterogeneous and access to specific active neurons for further experimentation is limited. In the primary auditory cortex (A1), for example, spiking responses to natural stimuli like vocalization cannot be easily predicted from...   More >

Friday, August 24, 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Monday, September 17, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | September 19 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center


Diana Bautista, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


MCB Departmental Highlight Feature Seminar

Monday, September 24, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

C.H. Li Memorial Lecture

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | September 25 | 12-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


Kathryn Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


C. H. Li Memorial Lectures

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

C.H. Li Memorial Lecture

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | September 26 | 12-1 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


Kathryn Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


C. H. Li Memorial Lectures

Monday, October 1, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Into the Natural Microbial World: the Beginnings of Metagenomics

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | October 4 | 4-5 p.m. |  Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center | Note change in date, time, and location


Norman Pace, University of Colorado, Boulder

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture

Monday, October 8, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Monday, October 15, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

​The generation of neural diversity​

Seminar: Divisions of BBS, CDB and GGD | October 17 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 245 Li Ka Shing Center


Claude Desplan, New York University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Monday, November 19, 2018