Seminar & Defense Schedule

For the most up-to-date Seminar Schedule, 2016-2017, see the Calendar 

For the seminar archives, click the years listed below

07-08 | 08-09 | 09-10 | 10-11 | 11-12 | 12-13 | 13-14 | 14-15| 15-16 |16-17 

Seminars are held on Tuesdays at noon in Med-Dent NE401 (The Pharmacology Library), unless otherwise noted.

July 8, 2016

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Caitlin Taylor
"Age- and Experience-Dependent Modulation of Visual Motion Processing"

10:00 AM - MedDent - NE401
Mentor: Guinevere Eden

August 23, 2016

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Andrew Breeden
"Noradrenergic modulation of functional brain networks underlying executive control"

1:00 PM - MedDent - SW107
Mentor: Chandan Vaidya

August 25, 2016

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Kyle Shattuck
"Investigating the Cholinergic Regulation of Human Learning and Memory Using Functional Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy"

11:00 AM - MedDent - SW107
Mentor: John VanMeter

September 13, 2016

Memorial Service for Jarda Wroblewski
Special time: 1:00 - 4:00 PM

September 20, 2016

Antonello Bonci, MD
Scientific Director, NIDA
Director, Intramural Research Program, NIDA
Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus
"Synaptic plasticity, optogenetics and a novel treatment against cocaine abuse"
host: Italo Mocchetti

September 23, 2016

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Kelly Chamberlain
"The role of creatine in promoting oligodendrocyte survival and modulating axonal mitochondria in the CNS"

1:30 PM - MedDent - SW107
Mentor: Jeffrey Huang

September 27, 2016

Alessio Travaglia, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
New York University
"Latent infantile memories and critical period mechanisms"
host: Stefano Vicini

October 18, 2016

Anna Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford, UK
"On the outskirts of cognition: the mediodorsal thalamus in learning and decision-making"
host: Ludise Malkova

October 25, 2016

Yingxue Wang, PhD
Research Scientist
Janelia Research Campus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
host: Jian-Young Wu

November 8, 2016

Dorian McGavern, PhD
Senior Investigator
Viral Immunology and Intravital Imaging Section, NINDS
host: Sonia Villapol

November 22, 2016

Regina Armstrong, PhD
Director, Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine
Dept of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
host: Mark Burns

November 29, 2016

Serena Dudek, PhD
Deputy Chief of the Neurobiology Laboratory, NIEHS
Head of Synaptic and Developmental Plasticity Group, NIEHS
host: Kathy Conant

December 13, 2016

Mark R. Cookson, PhD
Senior Investigator, Cell Biology and Gene Expression Section
Laboratory of Neurogenetics, NIA
host: Mark Burns

December 20, 2016

Michael Hoa, MD
Principal Investigator and Otolaryngology Surgeon-Scientist
Auditory Development and Restoration Program, NIDCD
host: Bill Rebeck

January 9, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Frank Fishburn
"Establishing the sensitivity of functional near-infrared spectroscopy to cognitive load and state in healthy adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"

1:00 PM - MedDent - SW107
Mentors: Chandan Vaidya and Andrei Medvedev

January 10, 2017

Steve Ramirez, PhD
Senior Investigator, The Ramirez Group
Harvard University, Center for Brain Science
host: Kathy Conant

January 13, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Megan Allen
"PROTEASE INDUCED PLASTICITY: MATRIX METALLOPROTEINASE-1 ACTIVATION OF PROTEASE ACTIVATED RECEPTOR 1 INDUCES NEURONAL STRUCTURAL PLASTICITY"

12:15 PM - Med-Dent NE401
Mentors: Dr. K. Conant and Dr. K. Maguire-Zeiss

January 17, 2017

Astrid Zayas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Universidad Central del Caribe
host: Bill Rebeck

January 31, 2017

Diane Snow, PhD
Dean and Wassenich Family Endowed Chair
Professor of Science and Engineering
Texas Christian University
"Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycan Heterogeneity Effects on Neuronal Outgrowth Inhibition"
Host: NIP trainees

February 14, 2017

Warren Alilain, PhD
Associate Professor
Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, University of Kentucky Medical Center
host: Nathan Neckel

February 21, 2017

Mladen Barbic, PhD
Senior Scientist
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Janelia Research Campus
host: Adam Green

February 28, 2017

Veronica Tom, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
College of Medicine, Drexel University
Host: Nathan Neckel

March 14, 2017

Julie Price, PhD
Visiting Professor of Radiology, A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
Massachusetts General Hospital
Host: Xiong Jiang

March 21, 2017

John Lukens, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Center for Brain Immunology and Glia, University of Virginia
Host: Mark Burns

March 28, 2017

Peter Strick, PhD
Scientific Director, University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute
Thomas Detre Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh
Senior Research Career Scientist, Pittsburgh VA Medical Center
"The Mind-Body Problem: Circuits that Link the Cerebral Cortex to the Adrenal Medulla"
Host: Josef Rauschecker

April 3, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Carissa Winland Berger
"THE EFFECTS OF INFLAMMATION ON DORSAL STRIATAL SPINY PROJECTION NEURONS"

1:15 PM - Med-Dent NE401
Mentors: Dr. Kathy Maguire-Zeiss and Dr. Stefano Vicini

April 11, 2017

Emery Brown, MD, PhD
Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and of Computational Neuroscience, MIT
Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, MIT
Host: Norberto Grzywacz

April 18, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Rachael Harrington

"MECHANISMS OF RECOVERY IN PATIENTS WITH SEVERE ARM IMPAIRMENT AFTER STROKE"
10:00 AM - Building D - Warwick Evans
Mentor: Michelle Harris-Love

April 18, 2017

Hanzhang Lu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology
Johns Hopkins University
Host: Xiong Jiang

April 25, 2017

Sarah Shomstein, PhD
Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Affiliated Faculty, Neuroscience Institute and Mind-Brain Institute
George Washington University
Host: Max Riesenhuber

May 9, 2017

Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, PhD
McGovern Institute for Brain Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Connectomic Insights into Psychiatric Disorders”
Host: Guinevere Eden

June 14, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Patrick Cox
"The Effects of Extensive Single Task and Dual Task Training on the Neural Bases of Visual Object Categorization: Escaping the frontal bottleneck"

1:00 PM - MedDent - SW107
Mentor: Max Riesenhuber

June 14, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Lanier Heybrun
"TDP-43 pathology: elucidation of mechanisms and treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibition"

1:00 PM - Warwick Evans, Building D
Mentors: Brent Harris and Charbel Moussa

June 20, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Theodore Turesky
"Functional neuroimaging studies of simple finger movements in healthy development and aging and in children with dyslexia"

1:00 PM - Proctor Harvey Amphitheater, Med-Dent Building
Mentor: Guinevere Eden

June 23, 2017

THESIS DEFENSE SEMINAR
Kathryn Schuler

"The Acquisition of Productive Rules in Child and Adult Language Learners"
10:00 AM - Warwick Evans, Building D
Mentor: Elissa Newport