Faculty Interactions Committee


Seeds for Collaboration

“Seeds for Collaboration” is a faculty mixer held monthly during the academic year. The goal is to stimulate discourse that will ultimately result in inter-institutional collaborations, discoveries, publications and grant applications. At each event faculty mingle for half an hour and then three 5 minutes talks are presented – one slide per speaker and discussion amongst all after the three speakers have finished. All faculty are invited by email and announcements are posted on the academic calendar, and on posters and in the elevators. “Seeds” provides basic science, translational, and clinical faculty alike an opportunity to share their research interests and directions and to attract collaborators in an informal, social environment.

Upcoming Seeds Meetings 


Thursday, May 24 2018 at 4:30 PM  

Price Center/Block Research Pavilion - R 451 

Nikolaos G. Frangogiannis, M.D., Depts. of Medicine (Cardiology) and Department of Microbiology & Immunology 

 “Healing a broken heart” 

Morayma Reyes Gil, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pathology 

 “When coagulation factors go to the extravascular tissue: tourists, intruders or old-time forgotten residents” 

Kartik Chandran, Ph.D., Dept. Microbiology & Immunology 

“Teaching antibodies new tricks: leveraging neutralization, effector functions, and synergy to develop therapeutics against emerging viruses” 


Past Events :

Thursday, March 29 2018, 4:30PM    

 Pierfilippo De Sanctis, Ph.D., Depts. of Pediatrics and Neurology 

“The walking brain - EEG electro-cortical insights”

Susan A. Fineberg, M.D., Department of Pathology

“A treasure trove of goodies for your research”

Bin Zhou, M.D., Ph.D. Depts of Genetics, Pediatrics and Medicine

“Engineering mouse heart to better understand the cardiac gene program in development, disease and repair”  


Thursday, February 22 2018, 4:30PM    

 Zhengdong Zhang, Ph.D., Department of Genetics 

“Human complex diseases: a computational genetics perspective”

Yanhua Wang, M.D, Department of Pathology

“We can help and you can support: Osteopontin expression in primary diffuse large B cell lymphoma of the central nervous system”

Dhanonjoy C. Saha, Ph.D., Office of Grant Support

“Things to Remember… Chapter 4”  


Thursday, January 25 2018, 4:30PM  


Wenjun Guo, Ph.D., Department of Cell Biology

“Tracing the origin of breast cancer”

Deepa Rastogi, M.B.B.S., Dept. Pediatrics (Pediatric Respiratory & Sleep Medicine)

“Obesity and asthma: What are the links?”

David C. Spray, Ph.D., Depts of Neuroscience and Medicine (Cardiology)

 “Glia, gap junctions and pain”   


Thursday November 16 2017, 4.30PM 


 Evripidis Gavathiotis, Ph.D., Depts of Biochemistry and Medicine

“Drugging the “Undruggable”: Lessons learned from protein-protein interactions”

Elyse S. Sussman, Ph.D., Depts Neuroscience and Otorhinolaryngology

“There’s more to hearing than meets the ears”

Alexander I. Sankin, M.D., Department of Urology

 “Characterizing the immunologic landscape of the bladder tumor microenvironment”  


Thursday, October 22 2017, 4.30PM 


Julie Secombe, Ph.D., Department of Genetics and Dominick P.

Purpura Department of Neuroscience

“Novel Translational Application of iPSC-Derived Cells”

 Bang H. Hoang, M.D., Department of Orthopaedic Surgery  

“Skp2: how to inhibit cancer stem cells”

Syun-Ru Yeh, Ph.D., Department of Physiology & Biophysics

 “Trp degradation and immuno-oncology: It takes two to tango”  

 Thursday, September 28, 2017, 4.30PM 


  Eric E. Bouhassira, Ph.D., Depts. of Cell Biology and Medicine (Hematology)

“Novel Translational Application of iPSC-Derived Cells”

Jayanta Roy-Chowdhury, M.B.B.S., Depts. of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) and Genetics

“In vivo-genome edited cells massively repopulate the liver of the PiZ mouse model of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency”

Kelvin P. Davies, Ph.D., Depts. of Urology and Physiology & Biophysics

“Hyperglycemic memory in the bladder… At least the elephant bladder may never forget” 


Thursday, May 18 2017, 4:30PM  


Louis Hodgson, Ph.D., Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology

“Don’t fret, we have FRET”

Elina Jerschow, M.D., Department of Medicine (Allergy & Immunology)

“Washing hands or potato chips: what makes your allergies worse?”

Streamson C. Chua, M.D., Ph.D., Depts. of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Neuroscience

“Getting the benefits of gastric bypass without surgery!” 


Thursday, April 20 2017, 4:30 PM 


Pablo E. Castillo, M.D., Ph.D., Dominick P. Purpura Dept. of Neuroscience

“Plastic synapses: use them or lose them” 

Dianne Cox, Ph.D., Depts of Anatomy & Structural Biology and Developmental & Molecular Biology

“TNTs - an explosive new area for potential research collaboration”

Joshua D. Nosanchuk - Depts of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology & Immunology 

“Fun fungal findings”


Thursday, March 23 2017, 4.30PM  


Felipe Diaz-Griffero, Ph.D., Dept. Microbiology & Immunology

“HIV-1 Restriction Factors, the alternative to the HIV-1 Vaccine” 

Cristina Montagna, Ph.D. , Depts. of Genetics and Pathology

“"The contribution of aneuploidy to tissue degeneration and aging"”

Victor L. Schuster, M.D., Depts. of Medicine (Nephrology) and Physiology & Biophysics

 “Therapeutic potential of a lean and hungry mouse”


Thursday, February 16 2017. 4.30PM 


Ilir Agalliu, M.D., Sc.D.,  Depts. of Epidemiology & Population Health and Urology

“Insulin/IGF-axis and Aggressive Prostate Cancer” 

Mia M. Thi, Ph.D.,  Depts. of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neuroscience

“Mechanobiology: to load or not to load”

Haejin In, M.D.,  Depts. of Surgery and Epidemiology & Population Health

“Improving Outcomes in Gastric Cancer by Identifying Persons at Risk”

Thursday January 19 2017, 4.30PM 

Matthew Levy, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry
“Improving Aptamers” 

Kimberly J. Reidy, M.D., Department of Pediatrics (Pediatric Nephrology)  

“APOL1: How Protection from a Bug affects Risk of Preeclampsia” 

David J. Sharp, Ph.D., Depts. of Physiology & Biophysics and Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences 

“Harnessing Cell Migration to Promote Tissue Regeneration and Repair ” 

Thursday November 17 2016, 4.30PM

Bin Zhou, M.D., Ph.D., Depts. Genetics, Pediatrics (Pediatric Genetic Medicine) and Medicine (Cardiology)  

“Seeds of coronary vessels” 

Hayley M. MacDaid, Ph.D., Depts. Medicine (Oncology) and Molecular Pharmacology Molecular Pharmacology  

“Defining and targeting cancer cell immortality”

Thomas J. Ow, M.D., Depts. of Otorhinolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery) and Pathology  

“Finding new ways to kill head and neck cancer”

Thursday October 20 2016, 4.30PM

Libusha Kelly, Ph.D. Depts. Systems & Computational Biology and Microbiology &Immunology  

“Drugs and bugs: the excrement is building” 

Michael Aschner, Ph.D., Depts. Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience and Pediatrics  

“Twitching Worms in the Big Apple” 

Jacqueline Achkar, M.D., Depts. Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Microbiology & Immunology  

“Finding a Badge for TB”

Thursday September 15 2016, 4.30PM

Jean M. Hebert, Depts. Neuroscience and Genetics

“Replacing your neurons without changing your mind - can we do it?”

 Britta Will, Depts. Medicine (Oncology) and Cell Biology 

 How to win the war of the clones - Hematopoietic stem cell aging and malignant transformation”  

 Dennis J. Chia, Dept. Pediatrics (Endocrinology) 

“How to blame your parents for being short? Genetics and epigenetics of growth” 

Thursday June 23 2016, 4.30PM

Thomas Aldrich, Dept. Medicine (Pulmonary) 

Respiratory consequences of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack"   

Mahalia Desruisseau, Depts. Pathology and Medicine 

Experimental Cerebral Malaria — Effects of Vasomodulation on Cognition and Survival”  

 Matthew Abramowitz, Dept. Medicine (Epidemiology) 

Functional decline in patients with kidney disease - muscling to new therapies 

Thursday Apr 24 2016, 4.30PM 

  Groggier Lavau, Dept. Microbiology and Immunology  

“Conversations between cellular effectors of the immune system” 

  Anna Bortnick, Dept. Medicine (Cardiology) 

”A new look at the human aortic valve - by imaging mass spectrometry” 

Haiying Cheng, Dept. Medicine (Oncology)   

Rictor and Yap lead the way for new targets in lung cancer treatment =

Thursday March 24 2016, 4.30PM 

Carl Schildkraut, Dept. Cell Biology 

Breaking Bad! Fragile chromosomes cause cancer and disease "   

Johanna Daily, Dept. Microbiology & Immunology 

Mysterious Malaria - Of Parasites and Cerebral Endothelial 

Cell Receptors”  

 Balazs Halmos, Dept. Medicine (Oncology) 

“Genomics and Thoracic Cancer” 

Thursday Feb 18 2016, 4.30 PM 

Mark Girvin, Dept. Biochemistry

“Magnets and Macromolecules”

Yi Ying Sze, Dept. Molecular Pharmacology

”Depression or anti-depression - depending when and where SERT is at work”

Tom Leyh, Dept. Microbiology and immunology   

“Sulfur Biology rules!”

Thursday Jan 21 2016, 4.30PM

Simon Spivack,  Dept. Medicine, Genetics, Epidemiology  

 “The alchemy of transforming lung cancer epigenetic features into useful biomarkers” 

Kira Gritsman, Dept. Medicine and Cell Biology 

"PIKing on Leukemia: Roles of the PI3 Kinase Isoforms” 

 Len Augenlicht, Dept. Medicine and Cell Biology  

“Vitamin D: Bringing Light to Intestinal Homeostasis ”  


Thursday Nov 22 2015, 4.30 PM

Duncan Wilson,  Dept. Developmental and Molecular Biology 

 “Using CLEM to study the ins and outs of viral envelopment ” 

Sylvia Suadicani, Dept. Urology  

"Bladder and Bone - what they have in common?” 

Matt Levy, Dept. Biochemsitry  

“Aptamers, Schmaptamers ”  


Thursday Oct 22 2015, 4.30 PM

Nicholas Baker,  Dept. Genetics 

 “Cell Competition in Development and Disease” 

Kate Dadachova, Dept. Radiology 

"Radioactive labels - a powerful tool in drug development” 

Rick Kitsis, Dept. Cell Biology  

“Unexpected Links Among Cell Death Pathways ” 

Thursday Sep 24 2015, 4.30 PM 

Dr. Kamran Khodakhah, Neuroscience
“From motor coordination to addiction, psychosis, and autism ” 

 Dr. Susan Klugman, Clinical Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health
“Complexities of Genetic Counseling” 

 Dr. Jonathan Warner, Cell Biology
“Ribosomes in Health & Disease: Computational Approaches" 

May 21, 2015

Betsy Herold, Dept. Microbiology & Immunology
"Calcium signaling: at the heart of the HIV/HSV-2 syndemic ”

Ian Willis, Department of Biochemistry

“The Benefits of Metabolic Inefficiency”

Teresa Bowman,  Det. Developmental & Molecular Biology

“The Splice of Life"


 April 16, 2015 
 Joshua Stern, Department of Urology 
"Biomarkers from the gut for kidney patients"  
Lucy Brown, Department of Neurology
"Romantic Love: We are All at Risk - Why?"  
 Arthur Skoultchi, Department o Cell Biology 
"Unexpected Roles for H1 Linker Histones in Epigenetic Regulation"   


 March 16, 2015 

Kelvin Davies, Depts. Urology and Physiology & Biophysics  
"Opiorphin: a peptide revealed by faculty interactions   
Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, Dept. Pathology  
"TAMing Inflammation and Enhancing Myelination"  
Edward Schwartz, Dept. Medicine, Oncology 
"Autophagy inhibitors in cancer: Survival or Death?" 

 February 19, 2015  

Anne Muesch, Developmental and Molecular Biology 

"Introducing an architect of epithelial cells"

Jan Vijg, Genetics
"Aging genomes: a necessary evil in the logic of life"

Hilda Ye, Cell Biology
"STAT3 — what is left to be learned?"

January 22, 2015

Kartik Chandran, Microbiology & Immunology
"Is Ebola in an Arms Race with Bats?"

Jonathan Lai, Biochemistry
"Engineering synthetic antibodies and proteins"

Keith Downing, Urology
"Role of Elastic Fibers in Pelvic Organ Prolapse"


December 4, 2014  

Andreas Jenny, Ph.D., Developmental and Molecular Biology
"News on the Fly" 

Roman Perez-Solar, M.D., Medicine, Medical Oncology
"A New Era in the Treatment of Lung Cancer" 

Derek Huffman, Ph.D., Molecular Pharmacology
"Utilizing Parabiosis for the Study of Aging and Disease"


October 16, 2014

Margaret Kielian, Cell Biology
"What Viruses Can Teach Us About Cells, and Vice Versa"

John Greally, Genetics
"Functional Genome-Wide Association Studies"

Gloria Huang, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
"Signaling Pathways and Drug Resistance in Women's Cancers


May 22, 2014

Matthew Gamble, Molecular Pharmacology
"MacroH2A, The Achilles' Heel of Chromatin in Cancer, Heart, Brain and Beyond"

Elizabeth Seng, Dept. of Neurology
"Expectations in Migraine, Such a Headache!"

Steven Walkley, Dept.Neuroscience
"The Ins and Outs of a New Brain Disease"

March 27, 2014

John Reidhar-Olson, shRNA Core Facility
"Exploring Gene Function with shRNA Screens"

Judith Wylie-Rosett, Depts. Epidemiology & Human Heath
"Challenges in Developing Human Nutrition Research"

David Shechter, Biochemistry
"How to Write a Histone Code"


February 20, 2014

Mark Einstein, Dept. Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
"Prevention of Infections that Cause Diseases in Women"

Nancy Glassman , D. Samuel Gottesman Library
"I didn’t know you did that!" Let librarians optimize your research potential.

E. Richard Stanley, Dept. Developmental and Molecular Biology
"The CSF1 Receptor Surprises Us in the Brain"

January 23, 2014

Linda Jelicks, Dept. Physiol and Biophysics
"Hook a New Vertebrate Animal Model"

Elizabeth Walker, Depts. Epidemiology and Population Health, Diabetes Center
"Is it Feasible to Disseminate Behavioral Science around the Globe?"

David Goldman, Depts. Medicine & Molecular Pharmacology
"The toils and travels of folates"


November 11, 2013

Florence Marlow, Dept. Dev & Mol Biology
"Tales of Zebrafish"

Mark Wagshul, Depts. Radiology, Physiology & Biophysics
"MR Elastography: Palpating tissue without touching it"

Maureen Charron, Dept. Biochemistry
"In Utero Epigenetic Programming of Childhood Obesity and Other Diseases"

October 24, 2013

Myles Akabas, Dept. Physiology and Biophysics
"Purine transporters to antimalarial drugs-with a little help from my friends!"

Marina Reznik, Dept. Pediatrics

Hannes Buelow, Dept. Molecular Genetics
"To branch or not to branch - a genetic approach to nervous system development"


September 24, 2013

Arne Generich, Anat. Struct, Biology
"Single-Molecule Microscopy to the Rescue: Molecular Bases of Disease"

Sophie Molholm, Pediatrics & Neuroscience
"Neural processing differences in autism"

Pamela Stanley, Cell Biology
"No Sperm without a Sugar Coat—a Male Contraceptive?"

May 23, 2013

Sanjeev Gupta
"DNA damage response - dousing the fire"

Jessica Mar
"No two cells are the same: understanding variability in stem cells and disease"

Sridhar Mani
"Role of PXR in Inflammation and Cancer"


April 18, 2013

Erik Snapp
"EGFP—Don’t Do It!"

Kami Kim
"Omics approaches to the parasites within"

Nogah Haramati
"Musculoskeletal disorders—We are missing many basic science pieces to this puzzle"

March 14, 2013
Maria Coco
"Bone disease in organ transplantation -- seeking a non-invasive diagnostic"

Thomas Meier
"Disease mutations in protein-RNA complexes"

Karen Bonuck
"Sleep Medicine in Early Childhood"


February 14, 2013

Charles Query
"Designer Spliceosomes Reveal Mechanisms of Splicing"

Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani
"Diet & Sleep: Two emerging pillars of health"

Lloyd Fricker
"Endogenous peptides -- potential regulators of cellular functions?"

January 17, 2013

Meredith Hawkins
"Exploring the Multi-organ Mysteries of Diabetes"

Evris Gavathiotis
"Chemical and Structural Biology in Apoptosis Signaling and Drug Discovery"

Tia Powell
"Finding the Moral Compass: Addressing Value Laden Issues in Research"

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