Past Seminars

All neuroscience seminars are held on Mondays, at 12:00 PM, via Zoom, unless otherwise noted. Check the calendar for the most updated information.

Fall 2023 Schedule

Dr. Matthew Kayser

Associate Professor
University of Pennsylvania

Monday, September 11, 2023

“Using fruit flies to study sleep regulation and function during development””

Dr. Ute Hochgeschwender

Central Michigan University

Monday, October 2, 2023

“Sensing, Controlling and Integrating Brain Processes with Biological Light”

Dr. Earl Miller

The Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monday, October 16, 2023 *This seminar will be Zoom only*

“Cognition is an emergent property”

Dr. Zhe Chen

Assistant Professor 
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Thursday, October 19, 2023

“Molecular diversity during developmental control of axon guidance and neural circuit formation””

Dr. Brian Dekleva

Research Scientist
University of Pittsburgh

Monday, October 23, 2023

"Using physiological insight to drive brain-computer interface design"

Dr. Kyle Ketchesin

Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh

Monday, October 30, 2023

“Diurnal Alterations in Gene Expression Across the Striatum in Psychosis””

Dr. Candice Contet

Associate Professor
The Scripps Research Institute

Monday, November 6, 2023

“Molecular and circuit mechanisms of excessive alcohol drinking”

Dr. Catharine Winstanley

University of British Columbia

Monday, December 4, 2023 *This seminar will be on Zoom only*

Dr. Adema Ribic

Assistant Professor
University of Virginia

Monday, December 11, 2023

“The Kids are not alright: Long-term neurocognitive effects of premature birth”

Spring 2023 Schedule

Dr. Celeste Greer

Research Instructor
Vanderbilt University

Monday, January 9, 2023

“Regulation of neuronal gene expression in memory formation and cognitive disease by epigenetic mechanisms”

Dr. Ethan Anderson

Research Assistant Professor
Medical University of South Carolina

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

“Targeting epigenetic mechanisms of drug and alcohol addiction”

Dr. Lauren DePoy

Research Instructor
University of Pittsburgh

Monday, January 23, 2023

“Developmental circadian rhythm disruption persistently alters substance use”

Dr. Samuel Crish

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Monday, January 30, 2023

“Visual Deficits in Alzheimer’s Disease”

Dr. Denise Inman

Vice Chair & Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

Monday, February 20, 2023

Dr. Thomas Nickl-Jockschat

Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Pharmacology
University of Iowa

Monday, February 27, 2023

“Of mice and men - bridging the translational gap in psychiatry and neuroscience”

Dr. Keith Hengen

Assistant Professor, Biology
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Monday, March 20, 2023

Dr. Yao Chen

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Monday, March 27, 2023 (Virtual)

“Space, Time, and beyond: Understanding the Molecular Ballet of Neuromodulator Signaling”

Dr. Nicola Grissom

Assistant Professor, Psychology
University of Minnesota

Monday, April 3, 2023

Dr. Lucia Peixoto

Assistant Professor, Translational Medicine and Physiology
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University

Thursday, April 13, 2023 (4:00PM)

Dr. Joshua Gross

Postdoctoral Researcher
Duke University

Thursday, April 13, 2023 (12:00PM, Location TBD)

Dr. Michael Seminerio

Global Therapeutic Lead

Monday, April 17, 2023

Dr. Debra Bangasser

Professor, Neuroscience; Distinguished Investigator, Georgia Research Alliance; Associate Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience 
Georgia State University

Monday, April 20, 2023

Dr. Sara Aton

Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan

Monday, April 24, 2023

Fall 2022 Schedule

Dr. Alex Poulopoulos

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, October 3, 2022

“Neural Somatic Genome Editing: One-Shot Genome Models and a Future of Broadly Accessible Personalized Medicine”

Dr. Steffen Wolff

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, October 17, 2022

"Motor skill learning and execution in a distributed brain network"

Dr. Matthew Nassar

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Brown University

Monday, October 24, 2022

"Dynamic representations for behavioral flexibility"

Dr. Kim Dore

Assistant Researcher
University of California, San Diego

Monday, October 31, 2022

“Increasing PSD-95 palmitoylation, a way to prevent synaptic loss”

Dr. Yoshiyuki Kubota

Associate Professor, Division of Cerebral Circuitry; Section of Electron Microscopy
National Institute for Physiological Sciences - Okazaki, Japan

Friday, November 4, 2022

“Cortical spine dynamics during a single seed grasp motor learning”

Dr. Kevin Beier

Assistant Professor, Physiology & Biophysics
University of California, Irvine

Monday, November 7, 2022

“Parallel pathways selectively regulating psychostimulant reward and withdrawal anxiety”

Dr. Mathieu Wimmer

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
Temple University

Monday, November 14, 2022

“Using rodent multigenerational models of opioid exposure to delineate mechanisms underlying addiction susceptibility”

Dr. Friedl De Groote

Assistant Professor, Movement Sciences
The University of British Columbia

Monday, November 28, 2022

“Physics-based optimal control simulations to assess the neuromechanics of human movement”

Spring 2022

Dr. Katrina Adams

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Neuroscience Research
Children's National Hospital

Monday, January 3, 2022

"Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of neural stem cell-derived gliogenesis"

Dr. Victor Luna

Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurobiology, Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University

Thursday, January 6, 2022

“Harnessing neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity to reverse cognitive decline due to aging”

Dr. Aminata Coulibaly

Research Associate, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia, Department of Neurology
University of Virginia

Monday, January 10, 2022

"Elucidating the role of neutrophils in the CNS”

Dr. Irene Lorenzo Llorente

Assistant Researcher, Department of Neurology
University of California, Los Angeles

Thursday, January 13, 2022

“Understanding brain repair through stem cell biology and cellular transplantation”

Dr. Jennifer Wong

Instructor, Department of Human Genetics
Emory University 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

“Voltage-gated sodium channels (VGSCs) and epilepsy”

Dr. Maged Mohamed Harraz

Instructor, The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Monday, January 24, 2022

"Molecular mechanisms of autophagy in drug abuse: Uncovering a novel cocaine receptor"

Dr. Ruifeng Cao

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Neuroscience
The University of Minnesota Medical School

Thursday, January 27, 2022

"The brain clock, translational control, and neurodevelopmental disorders"

Dr. Morgan Bridi

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Monday, February 14, 2022

"Deficits in inhibitory circuitry and visual processing in Cntnap2-/- autism-model mice"

Dr. Michelle Bridi

Assistant Research Scientist, Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute
Johns Hopkins University

Monday, February 14, 2022

"Synaptic weights and balances: How experience and sleep control cortical plasticity"

Dr. Lena Ting

Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology

Monday, February 28, 2022

"Cortical activity during reactive balance reflect balance function in health, aging, and disease."

Dr. Jed Barash

Medical Director
Chelsea Soldiers' Home

Monday, March 21, 2022

"In Pursuit of the Memory Thief: An Association Between Opioids and Acute Hippocampal Injury"

Dr. Anna Konova

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & UBHC; Co-Director, Rutgers-Princeton Center for Computation Neuro-Psychiatry (CCNP)
Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Monday, March 28, 2022

"Addiction states as dynamic changes in valuation"

Dr. Staci Bilbo

Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Neurobiology, and Cell Biology
Duke University

Monday, April 11, 2022

"Microglia, microglia, and development of the social brain"  

Dr. Hiroyuki Kato

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Monday, April 18, 2022

"Cortical and subcortical pathways for temporally precise sound integration in the secondary auditory cortex"

Fall 2021 Schedule

Dr. James Mahoney III

Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry; Neuroscience
West Virginia University

Monday, September 27, 2021

“Neuromodulation as an adjunctive treatment for substance use disorder”

Dr. Michael Krashes

Section Chief, Motivational Processes Underlying Appetite, Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Obesity Branch
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Monday, October 8, 2021

“Conflict feeding: foraging in the face of danger”

Dr. Tonisha Kearney-Ramos

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Monday, October 18, 2021

“Multimodal approaches to investigating the neural mechanisms and clinical efficacy of therapeutic neuromodulation for addiction”

Dr. Le Ma

Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Thomas Jefferson University

Monday, October 25, 2021

“Molecular and cellular mechanisms of axonal branch development”

Dr. Ketema Paul

Professor,Integrative Biology & Physiology
University of California, Los Angeles

Monday, November 8, 2021

“Bmal1 expression in skeletal muscle provides protection against behavioral deficits associated with sleep loss”

Spring 2021

Dr. Marie-Christine Miquel

Associate Professor, Center for Integrative Biology
Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatie

Monday, January 25, 2021

“InCogMito: mitochondria, cognition and adult-born neurons”

Dr. Robert C. Froemke

Professor, Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery; Neuroscience & Physiology
New York University Langone Health

Monday, February 8, 2021

“Social transmission of maternal behavior via oxytocin and synaptic plasticity”

Dr. Huda Akil

Co-Director and Research Professor, MBNI
Gardner C. Quarton Distinguished University Professor of Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry
University of Michigan

Monday, February 15, 2021

“The neurobiology of stress vulnerability and resilience: animal models and human studies of depression”

Dr. Leslie Sombers

*Seminar co-hosted with the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry

Professor, Chemistry, Comparative Medicine Institute
North Carolina State University

Monday, February 22, 2021

“Neurochemical characterization of striatal function: from new electroanalytical tools to new insight”

Dr. Carol A. Colton

Professor, Neurology
Duke University School of Medicine

Monday, March 8, 2021

“Immunity and re-programming of the brain’s metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases”

Dr. Ruifeng “Ray” Cao

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences
University of Minnesota Medical School

Monday, March 15, 2021

“Translational control of circadian physiology and dysfunction in neurodevelopmental disorders”

Dr. Hal S. Greenwald

Program Ofcer, Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience
Air Force Ofce of Scientic Research (AFOSR/RTA)

Monday, March 22, 2021

“Cognitive & computational neuroscience at the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)”

Dr. Ulrich Ettinger

Professor, Psychology
University of Bonn, Germany

Monday, March 29, 2021

“Effects of ketamine on oculomotor and neuroimaging biomarkers of schizophrenia”

Dr. Alfonso Apicella

Associate Professor, Biology
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Monday, April 12, 2021

“Cortical circuits organization of GABAergic neurons: local vs. long-range”

Dr. Martin Hruska

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
West Virginia University

Monday, April 19, 2021

“Nanoscale rules of synaptic organization and spine structural plasticity: insights from super-resolution imaging”

Dr. Corey Harwell

Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
Harvard University Medical School

Monday, April 26, 2021

"Development and Diversity of Neural Cell Types in the Septum”

Fall 2020

Dr. Nabil Alkayed

Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine

Monday, September 28, 2020

“GPR39: receptor discovery, drug development, and clinical translation”

Dr. Luc Maroteaux

Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

*Monday, October 12, 2020

“Serotonin receptor 5-HT2B in the brain: contribution to inflammation, depression, and impulsivity”

Dr. Susan Fagan

University of Georgia, School of Pharmacy

Monday, October 19, 2020

“Reducing disability after stroke: new avenues”

Dr. Kathleen E. Morrison

West Virginia University

Monday, October 26, 2020

“Lifelong consequences of adversity during dynamic periods of brain development: a role for chromatin accessibility”

Dr. Shuo Wang

West Virginia University

Monday, November 9, 2020

“Feature-based encoding of face identity by single neurons in the human medial temporal lobe”

Dr. Gordon Shepherd

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Monday, November 16, 2020

“Circuit organization of forelimb cortex in the mouse”

Dr. John Howland

University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada

Monday, November 23, 2020

“Cortical involvement in working memory: sub-regions, sensory modalities, and tasks in rats”

Dr. John Ngai

Director, BRAIN Initiative
National Institutes of Health

Monday, November 30, 2020

“BRAIN Initiative 2020: progress and promise”

Spring 2020

Dr. Muna Aryal

Stanford University

Thursday, January 16, 2020

“Noninvasive and targeted drug delivery using focused ultrasound for neurological disorders”

Dr. Mark S. Moehle

Vanderbilt University

Thursday, January 23, 2020

“M4 muscarinic acetylcholine receptor regulation of the basal ganglia”

Dr. Rebekah Evans

National Institutes of Health

Monday, January 27, 2020

“Inhibitory control of dopamine neurons”

Dr. Antonio Fernandez-Ruiz

New York University

Monday, February 3, 2020

“Role of hippocampal circuit dynamics in memory guided behavior”

Dr. Martin Hruska

Thomas Jefferson University

Monday, February 10, 2020

“Building a synapse: Cell-contact mediated assembly of excitatory synapses”

Dr. Ashley Ingiosi

Washington State University

Monday, February 17, 2020

“Defining a role for glial astrocytes in mammalian sleep”

Dr. Patrick L. Sheets

Indiana University School of Medicine

Monday, February 24, 2020

“Reverse engineering supraspinal circuit pathways involved in pain modulation”

Dr. He “Helen” Huang

North Carolina State University

Monday, March 9, 2020

“Neural control of robotic limb prostheses”

Fall 2019

Dr. Barbara Sorg

Washington State University, Vancouver
Host: Deidre O’Dell

Monday, October 29, 2019

“Plasticity, parvalbumin, and perineuronal nets in addiction memories”

Dr. Michael Fox

Virginia Tech University
Host: Dr. Eric Tucker

Monday, November 11, 2019

“Novel mechanisms underlying interneuron recruitment and incorporation into neural circuits”

Dr. Reza Shadmehr

Johns Hopkins University
Host: Dr. Valeriya Gritsenko

Monday, November 18, 2019

“Movement and postural control of the arm”

Dr. Julie Andersen

Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Host: Dr. Werner Geldenhuys

Monday, November 25, 2019

“The essence of senescence and its potential role in age-related neurodegenerative disorders”

Dr. Chris Olsen

Medical College of Wisconsin
Host: Dr. Cole Vonder Haar

Monday, December 9, 2019

“Neuroimaging outcomes in a rat model of comorbid mild traumatic brain injury and opioid abuse”

Dr. Eric Prager

Journal of Neuroscience Research; Neuroscience Next
Host: Tiffany Petrisko

Monday, December 16, 2019

“Designing and conducting transparent and rigorous scientific studies: An editor’s perspective”

Spring 2019

Dr. Zachary Weil

Ohio State University

Monday, January 7, 2019

“Lifelong consequences of traumatic brain injury”

Dr. Brooke Schmeichel

National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

“A multifunctional role for hypocretin in addiction”

Dr. Constanza Cortes

Duke University

**Tuesday, January 22, 2019

“Enhanced skeletal muscle proteostasis as a determinant of CNS protein quality control and neural function in the aging brain”

Dr. Rafiq Huda

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

*Thursday, January 31, 2019

“Cortical and subcortical circuits for decisions and choices”

Dr. Samie Haj-Dahmane

University of Buffalo

Monday, February 4, 2019

"Fatty acid binding protein and synaptic transport of endocannabinoid in the brain"

Virginia "Ginny" Thrasher

West Virginia University

Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Feature Seminar 

Wednesday, February 6th @ 1 PM
WVU Eye Institute Auditorium

"Gold standards for a gold medalist"

Dr. Meifan "Amy" Chen

UT Southwestern Medical Center

*Thursday, February 14, 2019

“Regulation of injury response in neurons and glia”

Dr. Florence Varodayan

The Scripps Research Institute 

Monday, February 18, 2019

“Corticotrophin-releasing factor (CRF) at the intersection of alcohol dependence and stress”

Dr. Rudolph Castellani

West Virginia University

Monday, March 4, 2019

"Long-term consequences of neurotrauma"

Dr. HanTing "Hunter" Zhang

West Virginia University

Monday, March 18, 2019

"Cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs), novel targets for treatment of alcoholism"

Dr. Steven Kinsey

West Virginia University

Monday, April 8, 2019

“Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and dependence-inducing effects of cannabinoids”

Dr. Ravi Allada

Northwestern University
Host: Dr. HanTing "Hunter" Zhang

Monday, April 15, 2019

"Circadian clocks and sleep in Drosophila"

Fall 2018

Dr. Aryn Gittis

Carnegie Mellon University
Host: Dr. Aric Agmon

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

“Cell-specific pallidal interventions produce long-lasting motor recovery in a mouse model of Parkinson's Disease”

Dr. Kenneth Witwer

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Host: Ashley Russell and Dr. Jim Simpkins

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

“Extracellular vesicles in HIV and neurodegenerative disease: Whose team are they playing for?”

Dr. Gregory Bix

University of Kentucky
Host: Dr. Sophie Ren

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

“Therapeutic inflammation and other surprises in ischemic stroke and vascular dementia”

Dr. Colleen McClung

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Host: Dr. Randy Nelson

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

“Circadian genes, rhythms, and the biology of psychiatric disorders”

Dr. Ron Waclaw

Cincinnati Children's Hospital 
Host: Dr. Eric Tucker

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

“Development of basal ganglia circuits – the long and short of it?”

Dr. William Walker

The Ohio State University

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

“Breast Cancer and the Brain: What’s the Link?”

Dr. Rudolph Castellani

West Virginia University

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

“Long-term consequences of neurotrauma”

Dr. Walter Koroshetz

Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

“NINDS and the taxpayers investment in neuroscience research”

Fall 2017

Dr. Holly Brown-Borg 

University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences 
Host: Dr. Liz Engler-Chiurazzi

Wednesday, September 10, 2017

"Somatotropic signaling is linked to health and aging via metabolism and the epigenome" 

Dr. Thomas Kash 

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, School of Medicine 
Host: Dr. David Siderovski and Josh Gross

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"The ups and downs of the extended amygdala" 

Dr. Nelson Spruston 

Janelia Research Campus at Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
Host: Dr. George Spirou

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dr. Roger Clem 

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
Host: Dr. Albert Berrebi

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dr. Theresa Jones 

University of Texas at Austin 
Host: Dr. Cole Vonder Haar

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dr. Teng-Leong Chew 

Janelia Research Campus at Howard Hughes Medical Institute 
Host: Dr. George Spirou

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dr. Chengzin Gong 

New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities 
Host: Dr. Hunter Zhang

Wednesday, November 8, 2018

"Multifactorial hypothesis for Alzheimer’s Disease" 

Spring 2017

Dr. Marco Gallio

Northwestern University 
Host: Dr. Andrew Dacks

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

"Coding and representation of temperature in the Drosophila brain" 

Dr. Thomas Eissenberg

Virginia Commonwealth University 
Host: Dr. Melissa Blank

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Electronic cigarettes: What are they and what do they do?" 

Dr. Parag Chitnis 

George Mason University 
Host: Dr. Valeriya Gritsenko

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Noninvasive and bi-directional neural interfaces using ultrasound" 

Dr. Richard De La Garza 

Baylor College of Medicine 
Host: Dr. James Mahoney

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Medications testing for cocaine use disorder: Neurobiological substrates, experimental methods, and FDA requirements" 

Dr. Bob Datta

Harvard Medical School 
Host: Dr. Kevin Daly

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Transforming smells into action" 

Fall 2016

Dr. Robert Gaunt 

University of Pittsburgh 
Host: Dr. Sergiy Yakovenko

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

"Invasive cortical neuroprosthetics for sensorimotor science and rehabilitation" 

Dr. Michael Higley 

Yale School of Medicine    
Host: Dr. Aric Agmon

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"GABAergic inhibition in neucortical dendrites" 

Dr. Eva Anton

University of North Carolina School of Medicine 
Host: Dr. Eric Tucker

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"Development of interneuronal connectivity: Role of primary cilia"  

Dr. Lynne Gauthier

The Ohio State University, College of Medicine   
Host: Dr. Valeriya Gritsenko 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

"Mechanisms of neuroplasticity following Constraint Induced Movement therapy: Implications for rehabilitation planning" 

Fall 2015

Dr. Paul Barnes

Oregon Health & Science University 
Host: Dr. Eric Tucker

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Function of non-functional kinases in the developing brain"

Dr. Tzumin Lee

Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Janelia Farm  
Host: Dr. George Spirou

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Lineage- and age-dependent neural stem-cell fate"

Dr. Robert Friedlander

University of Pittsburgh 
Hosts: Kelly Smith and Dr. Charles Rosen

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"Role of caspase pathways in neurological disease"

Dr. Justus Verhagen

Yale University 
Host: Dr. Kevin Daly

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"Time in olfactory coding and perception: Optogenetic, behavioral and electrophysiological studies"

Dr. Barry Stein

Wake Forest School of Medicine 
Hosts: Paula Webster and Dr. Richard Dey

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"How does the brain develop its ability to integrate information from different senses?"