Seminar Series

Our weekly seminar gives students the opportunity to practice presenting, learn about research in physiology, and learn about what others in the program are doing.  Students are required to present one seminar in this series annually and to attend the course regularly.  All faculty (especially committee members!), students, and postdocs are welcome!

Our seminars celebrate the array of fields that make-up Physiology; speakers are grouped together to represent these fields.  This year, the groups are, “Cancer;” “Organs & Muscles;” “Brain;” and “New Students.”

Meetings are on Thursdays, 4:00-5:00pm, 5571 WIMR II.  The classroom is at the end of the hallway.  The doorway to this wing can be locked.  Should you be interested in attending, please contact Shelley ( and she will ensure that you are able to enter the building.

The 2017-2018 PGTP 901 seminar schedule for the fall semester is outlined below.  Check back regularly for updates, including seminar titles!

Spring 2018 

January 25
Discussion and comparison of 2 readings
1- Cell Host & Microbe : Schroeder et al, ‘Bifidobacteria or Fiber protects against diet-induced microbiota-mediated colonic mucus deterioration’
2 – NYTimes : Carl Zimmer, ‘Fiber is Good for you. Now Scientists May know why’

February 1 
Ting-Yu Chang : “Cue Combination for  3D Surface Orientation Perception in Macaque Monkeys”

February 8
Juliana Giacomini : “Prefrontal control of accumbens and lateral hypothalamus in normal and pathological feeding”

February 15
Caitlin Murphy : “Modulation of thalamocortical and corticocortical synaptic responses by isoflurane.”

February 22
Lin Lin : “Functional connections within an isofrequency lamina”

March 1
Katherine Scheuer : “The contribution of parvalbumin interneurons and gap junctions to gamma oscillations”

March 8
Steven Wiesner : “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Motion-based Image Segmentation”

March 15 
Dr. Hector Valdivia, Director of the CVRC

March 22
Journal Club guided by Dr. Valdivia

March 29
~~ Spring Break~~

April 5
Writing Workshop : Dr. Adityarup (RUP) Chakravorty, science writer for Waisman Center

April 12
Ray Doudlah : :Using neuroimaging techniques to identify cortical connections:

April 19
Carly Mickelson: “Respiratory Neuroplasticity and Gestational Sleep Apnea”

Lauren Schrader:

April 26
Program Evaluation

May 3 
Woolsey Lecture

Fall 2017


September 7
Aurelia Faure : “How does Epstein-Barr virus likely contribute to Primary Effusion Lymphomas?”

September 14
Thejaswi Nagaraju : “Understanding the temporal evolution of EBV lytic cycle”

Organs and Muscles      

September 21
Dan Smelter : “Central domains of cardiac myosin binding protein-C in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy”

September 28
Angela Greenman : “Muscle Functional Properties in a Novel Model of Cancer Cachexia”

October 5
Anna Kowalkowski : “Intestinal atresias: a story of cell death and extracellular matrix changes”

October  12
Katrina Carter : “Does Obesity Impact Regulation of Skeletal Muscle Blood Flow?”

October  19
Joe Sepe : “Exercise-Induced Cardioprotection against Ischemi-Reperfusion Injury”

October 26
Kathleen Miller : “Age and Sex Differences in Cerebrovascular Function”

November 2
Kent Maclaughlin : “Intermittent hyperoxia, cytokine expression and stem cell mobilization”

November 9
Journal Club

November 16
Guest Speaker – Professor Eric Yen, Nutritional Sciences : “Intestinal Tiracyglycerol Synthesis and Systemic Metabolism”

November 23
Thanksgiving – No seminar


November 30
Vicki Tsao : “Monitoring benzodiazepine-induced motions in GABA-A receptor inter-subunit transmembrane cavities”

December 7
Yihe Ma : “Unraveling Dentate Gyrus Circuitry using Hybrid Voltage Sensor (HVOS)”