Past Seminars


2015-2016

November 17: Franck Polleux, Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor, Department of Neuroscience
"Control of axon morphogenesis and presynaptic release properties by mitochondria"

December 15: André A. Fenton, Ph.D., Center for Neural Science, New York University
Professor, Neural Science
"Are You Experienced - Cognitive Experience Can Radically Alter Neural Circuits"

January 19: Rick Huganir, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Professor/Director, Department of Neuroscience
"Regulation of Glutamate Receptors and Synaptic Plasticity in the Brain"

February 16: Yang Dan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Professor, Department of Neurobiology
"Neural Circuits Controlling Sleep"

March 15: Chris Dulla, Ph.D., Tufts University
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
"Control your excitement, astrocyte regulation of glutamate signaling in the developing and injured brain"

April 19: David J. Loane, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
"NOXious Neuroinflammation in the TBI Brain"

2014-2015

September 16: Kate Wassum, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
"Neurochemistry of Desire"

November 18: Alysson R. Muotri, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Cellular & Molecular Medicine
"Modeling Autism Spectrum Disorders using iPS-derived Neuron"

January 20: Kimberly Huber, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
"Local Translational Control of Synaptic Function in Health and Disease"

March 17: Mary M. Heinricher, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University, Professor and Vice Chair of Research, Department of Neurological Surgery; Professor, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience
"How the Brain Controls Pain"

April 21: Edward M. Callaway, Ph.D., The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Audrey Geisel Chair in Biomedical Science; Professor, Systems Neurobiology Laboratories
"Of Mice and Monkeys: a Journey into the Visual System"

2013-2014

September 17: Larry Zweifel, Ph.D., University of Washington, Assistant Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
"Defining gene-circuit interfaces underlying emotional behavior"

October 15: Marla Feller, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
"The development of functional circuits in the retina"

November 19: Robin Hiesinger, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Green Center for Systems Biology
"Membrane Trafficking in Neuronal Maintenance: A Look Through the Fly's Eye"

January 21: Lisa Boulanger, Ph.D., Princeton University, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
"What's histocompatibility got to do with it? Non-immune functions of MHC class I in brain development, plasticity, and disease"

February 18: Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D., D.Sci., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,Professor, Department of Physiology
"Presenilins, store-operated calcium entry and synaptic loss in Alzheimer's disease"

March 18: Susan Ferguson, Ph.D., University of Washington, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
"DREADful insights into the neural circuits that regulate drug-induced behavioral plasticity, decision-making and impulsivity"

April 15: Beth Stevens, Ph.D., Harvard, Boston Children's Hospital, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
"To prune or not to prune? Mechanisms that control microglia-mediated synaptic pruning during development"
2012-2013

September 18: King-Wai Yau, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Professor, Department of Neuroscience
"Melanopsin Signaling in the Eye"

October 16: Thomas M. Glaser, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
"The developmental basis of human hereditary eye malformations: New genetic mechanisms and pathways"

November 20: R. Mark Wightman, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Professor, Department of Chemistry
"Monitoring catecholamine neurotransmission in the brain with cyclic voltammetry"

January 15: Randy Buckner, Ph.D., Harvard University, Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
HHMI Investigator
"Exploring the Large-Scale Architecture of the Human Brain"

February 19: Thomas Südhof, M.D., Stanford University, Professor, Departments of Molecular & Cellular Physiology
HHMI Investigator
"Molecular mechanisms of synapse formation and specification"

March 19: Nephi Stella, Ph.D., University of Washington, Associate Professor, Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
"Targeting the cannabinoid signaling system for therapeutic benefit"

April 16: Michela Marinelli, Ph.D., Rosalind Franklin University, Associate Professor, Department of Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology
"Dopamine neuron activity and addiction liability"
2011-2012

September 20: Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D., University of Rochester, Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
"Convergence of Faces and Voices in the Prefrontal Cortex"

October 18: Vivian Budnik, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neurobiology
"Going with the Wnt: Mechanisms of Synaptic Formation"

November 15: James Putney, Jr., Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Professor, Signal Transduction, Calcium Regulation Group
"Regulation and Function of Store-Operated Calcium Channels"

January 17: Thomas Bozza, M.D., Northwestern University, Professor, Department of Neurobiology
"Genetic analysis of odor representations in the mouse olfactory system"

February 21: Nancy Minshew, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director of the Autism Center of Excellence
"What We Don't Know About Autism"

March 20: Bärbel Rohrer, Ph.D., Medical University of South Carolina, Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology & Neuroscience
"Sublytic Complement Activation in Age-related Macular Degeneration"

April 17: Nelson Spruston, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Scientific Program Director, Janelia Farm
"Neural Signal Integration in Dendrites and Axons in the Hippocampus"

2010-2011

October 19: Edwin R. Chapman, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor, Department of Physiology
"Functional analysis of the synaptotagmin family"

November 16: Aaron DiAntonio, M.D., Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, Professor, Department of Developmental Biology
"Synapse Formation and Axon Degeneration: Lessons from Flies and Mice"

February 1: John L. R. Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Nina Ireland Distinguished Professor in Child Psychiatry
"Genetic analysis of telencephalon development"

March 15: John Dani, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine
"Nicotinic and Dopaminergic Mechanisms of the Central Nervous System"

April 19: Rachel Wong, Ph.D., University of Washington, Professor, Department of Biological Structure
"Developmental strategies underlying the wiring patterns of retinal neurons"
2009-2010

September 15: Michael Levin, Ph.D., Tufts University, Director, Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology
"Endogenous bioelectrical controls of embryonic development, regeneration, and cancer"

October 20: Cori Bargmann, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
"50 years of solitude: how genes and environment regulate a circuit for social behavior"

November 17: Eyal Seidemann, Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin, Department of Psychology and Neurobiology, Center for Perceptual Systems
"Neural Population Coding in the Primate Visual Cortex"

December 15: Markus Meister, Ph.D., Harvard University, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
"Eyes smarter than scientists believed: Neural computations in the retina"

February 16: Lin Gan, Ph.D., University of Rochester, Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, and Center for Visual Science
"LIM codes in developing mouse inner ear"

March 16: Matthew Scott, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Departments of Developmental Biology, Genetics, and Bioengineering; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
"Communicating with Hedgehogs: Signaling in Development and Disease"

2008-2009

September 16: Joe Fetcho, Ph.D., Cornell University, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior
"Optical and genetic approaches toward understanding motor system
function and dysfunction"

October 21: Scott Baraban, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurological Surgery
"Epilepsy Investigations and Potential Pathways to a Cure"

November 18: Maureen Neitz, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
"Gene therapy cure for color blindness in an adult primate"

December 16: Gregg Recanzone, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Center for Neuroscience, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
"Stimulus processing and age-related plasticity in the macaque auditory cortex"

January 20: Dwight Bergles, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience
"Sounds in silence: How the ear generates noise during development"

February 17: Timothy A. Ryan, Ph.D., Cornell University, Department of Biochemistry
"Dissecting the molecular control of membrane traffic at nerve terminals"

March 17: Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, Ph.D., Northwestern University, Departments of Physiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitaion, and Mechanical Engineering
"The representation of space and time through sensory-motor learning "

April 9: Marie Filbin, Ph.D., Hunter College, CUNY, Department of Biology
"Signaling Regeneration in the Adult CNS"

2007-2008

September 18: Ege Kavalali, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas; Department of Neuroscience, Center for Basic Neuroscience
"Multiple Vesicle Recycling Pathways in Central Synapses and Their Impact on Neurotransmission"

October 16: Carolyn Houser, Ph.D., David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; Department of Neurobiology
"Vulnerability and Plasticity of the GABA System in Epilepsy"

November 20: Jerry Silver, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; Department of Neurosciences
"Functional Regeneration Beyond the Glial Scar"

December 18: Marianne Bronner-Fraser, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Division of Biology
"Gene Regulatory Interactions in Neural Crest Formation"

January 15: Gordon Fishell, Ph.D., New York University School of Medicine; Department of Cell Biology, Skirball Institute and Department of Cell Biology
"Making Up Your Mind: The Developmental Origins of Cortical Interneurons"

February 19: Mriganka Sur, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
"Plasticity and dynamics of neuron and astrocyte networks in visual cortex"

March 28: Paul Glimcher, Ph.D., New York University; Center for Neural Science
"The Neural Basis of Decision-Making"

April 15: Constance Cepko, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School; Department of Genetics; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
"Cell Fate Determination in the Vertebrate Retina"

2006-2007

October 12: Gareth John, Ph.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Department of Neurology, Corinne Goldsmith Dickinson Center for Multiple Sclerosis
"Reactive astrocytes as regulators of inflammatory CNS demyelination"

November 14: Steven Sine, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; Department of Physiology and Biophysics
"Coupling of agonist binding to channel gating in nicotinic acetylcholine receptors"

December 5: Andreas Burkhalter, Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis; Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
"Area Maps and Processing Streams in Mouse Visual Cortex"

January 23: Pietro De Camilli, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine; Department of Cell Biology, Kavli Institute for Neuroscience, Howard Hughes Medical
"Endocytic mechanisms and phosphoinositide metabolism at neuronal synapses"

February 20: Steven H. DeVries, M.D., Ph.D., Northwestern University; Department of Ophthalmology; Physiology
"Special circuits in the mammalian retina for signaling rapid change"

April 17: Glenn Rall, Ph.D., The Fox Chase Cancer Center; Division of Basic Sciences
"Interfering with the Interferon Response: Disease and Immunity within the Measles-Infected CNS"

2005-2006


October 18: Oswald Steward, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
"Localization and Local Translation of mRNAs at Synapses"

November 17*: Brian Litt, M.D., University of Pennsylvania; Departments of Neurology and Bioengineering
"Seizure Generation and Devices for Epilepsy"

December 13: Eric A. Newman, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; Department of Neuroscience
"Conversations Between Glia, Neurons, and Blood Vessels in the Retina"

January 17: Laura E Lillien, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Department of Neurobiology
"Cell type specification in the developing cortex"

February 21: J. Anthony (Tony) Movshon, Ph.D., New York University; Center for Neural Science, Department of Psychology
"The Elements of Visual Cortical Receptive Fields"

March 21: Daniel R Storm, Ph.D., University of Washington; Department of Pharmacology
"The Molecular Basis of Memory; Role of PI3 Kinase, MAP kinase Calcium-Stimulated Adenylyl Cyclases"

April 18: Teresa Nicolson, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University; Oregon Hearing Reseaarch Center
"The Molecular Basis of Hearing and Balance in Zebrafish"

2004-2005


September 21: Lian Li, Ph.D., Emory University; Department of Pharmacology
"Ubiquitination, Vesicular Trafficking, and Neurodegeneration"

October 19: Randall Reed, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medical School; Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
"Building a Regenerating Sensory System: Mechanisms of Odorant Detection and Gene Regulation in Mammalian Olfaction"

November 16: Roberto Malinow, M.D., Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
"Synaptic plasticity mechanisms"

December 7: Ed Giniger, Ph.D., Fred Hutcheson Cancer Research Center; Basic Sciences Division
"Deconstructing Notch: The double life of a developmental regulator"

January 18: William Zagotta, Ph.D., University of Washington; Department of Physiology and Biophysic

February 15: Liqun Luo, Ph.D., Stanford University; Department of Biological Sciences
"Wiring Specificity of the Olfactory Circuit"

March 15: William Catteral, Ph.D., University of Washington; Department of Pharmacology
"Structure and Regulation of Sodium and Calcium Channels by Signaling Complexes"

April 19: Mark Ellisman, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego; Department of Neuroscience
"Multiscale Imaging of the Nervous System with Advanced Cyberinfrastructure"

May 17: Thomas Christensen, Ph.D., University of Arizona; ARL Division of Neurobiology
"Making Scents Out of Spatial and Temporal Coding in Olfaction"

2003-2004


September 16: David Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., Duke University; Department of Neurobiology
"Columns, connections, and representations: anew look at the functional architecture of primary visual cortex"

October 21: Sean Morrison, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Department of Internal Medicine, Cell and Developmental Biology
"The self-renewal and differentiation of neural stem cells"

December 2: Stuart Lipton, M.D. Ph.D., The Burnham Institute; Del E. Webb Center for Neuroscience and Aging
"Paradigm Shift in Neuroprotective Srtategies: Memantine, Nitrosylation, and Beyond"

January 20: Morgan Sheng, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Department of Biology
"Molecular mechanisms of the dynamic synapse"

February 17: Cecilia Moens, Ph.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Division of Basic Sciences
"Mechanisms of patterning and boundary formation in the zebrafish hindbrain"

March 16: Eric I. Knudsen, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine; Department of Neurobiology
"Mechanisms of Learning in the Auditory System of the Barn Owl"

2002-2003


September 17: Christine Gall, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine; Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
"Synaptic integrins and glutamate receptors: partners in adult hippocampal neuroplasticity"

October 15: Mary B. Kennedy, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology; Division of Biology
"Putting the synapse back together"

November 12: Matt Wilson, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Department of Biology, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
"Hippocampal plasticity, memory, and sleep"

December 10: Allison Jane Doupe, M.D. Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco; Department of Psychiatry and Physiology
"Songbirds: A Model System for the Study of Learning and Basal Ganglia Function"

January 21: Eve E. Marder, Ph.D., Brandeis University; Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience; Department of Biology, Benjamin & Mae Volen National Center for Complex Systems
"How Networks are both Stable and Plastic"

February 18: Alexandra L. Joyner, Ph.D., New York University Medical Center, Howard Hughes Medical Institution, Skirball Institute for Biomolecular Medicine; Department of Cell Biology, Physiology, and Neuroscience
"Cellular and genetic control of CNS development and patterning"

April 15: Ruth Heidelberger, M.D. Ph.D., University of Texas Medical School, Houston; Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
"Mechanisms of synaptic vesicle dynamics at a retinal ribbon synapse"

2001-2002


October 17: Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
"Mechanisms of long-term depression in the hippocampus"

November 28: Jeff W. Lichtman, M.D., Ph.D., Washington University, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
"Visualizing Synaptic Competition at the Developing Neuromuscular Junction"

December 12: Gregory E. Lemke, Ph.D., The Salk Institute, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
"Eph receptor signaling and the topographic mapping of neural connections"

January 16: Bertil Hille, Ph.D., University of Washington, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
"Calcium Dynamics and Intercellular Compartments in Excitable Cells"

January 23: Joshua M. Kaplan, Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
"Protein trafficking at C. elegans synapses"

March 20: John L. R. Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D., University of California - San Francisco, Center for Neurobiology and Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
"Forebrain Development"

April 17: Joshua R. Sanes, Ph.D., Washington University, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
"Studying synapse formation with mutant and fluorescent mice"

May 7: George J. Augustine, Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center, Department of Neurobiology
"Molecular mechanisms of synaptic vesicle trafficking"

2000-2001


October 18: Mani Ramaswami, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Division of Neurobiology
"Vesicle formation and fusion: mechanism and regulation of transmitter release."

November 22: Cynthia M. Czajkowski, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison Medical School, Department of Physiology
"GABA-A Receptors: Structure and dynamics of the GABA binding pocket"

December 13: Ted M. Dawson, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology and Neuroscience
"Nitric Oxide Signaling and Regulation in Neuronal Survival and Death"

January 17: Michael E. Hasselmo, D. Phil., Boston University, Department of Psychology; Program in Experimental and Computational Neuroscience Center for BioDynamics
"What is the function of hippocampal theta rhythm?"

February 21: Richard M. Harland, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology; Division of Genetics and Development
"BMP antagonists in vertebrate development"

March 21: John G. Hildebrand, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Tucson, ARL Division of Neurobiology
"Explorations of a model olfactory system"

April 11: Amy Brooks-Kayal, M.D., Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, Neuroscience Research
"GABA-A Receptors in Development and Epileptogenesis"

May 16: Stephen Maren, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program
"Neurobiology of emotional learning and memory"

1999-2000


September 10: Charles W. Luetje, Ph.D., University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology
"The structural basis for pharmacological diversity among neuronal nicotinic receptors"

October 13: Melanie Tallent, Ph.D., The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Neuropharmacology; CN-12
"Somatostatin depresses excitatory synaptic function in hippocampus"

November 16: Jerry Silver, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, Department of Neuroscience
"A robust potential for CNS axon regeneration exists beyond the glial scar: fact or fantasy"

December 15: Haig S. Kesheshian, Ph.D., Yale University, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
"Neuromuscular development in Drosophila: A pupil perspective"

January 19: Don Cleveland, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Ludwig Institute
"Mechanisms of neuronal growth and death: Neurofilaments, SOD1 and Lou Gehrig's disease"

February 2: Kathleen Dunlap, Ph.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, Department of Physiology
"Ca channel modulation"

March 8: Anirvan Ghosh, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Department of Neuroscience
"Patterning of connections in the developing cerebral cortex"

April 19: Thomas C. Sudhof, M.D., University of Texas, Southwestern, Department of Molecular Genetics
"Synaptic vesicle exocytosis: Mechanisms and regulations"


1998-1999


September 23: Richard B. Levine, Ph.D., University of Arizona; ARL-Division of Neurobiology
"Pre- and post-synaptic remodeling at the neuromuscular junction during insect metamorphosis"

October 14: Marla B. Luskin, Ph.D., Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology
"Neuronal progenitor cells of the postnatal mammalian forebrain"

November 18: King-Wai Yau, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Medical School, Department of Neuroscience
"Phototransduction in hyperpolarizing and depolarizing photoreceptors of vertebrates"

December 9: Marianne Bronner-Fraser, Ph.D., Caltech, Division of Biology
"Development of the neural crest"

January 13: Howard B. Eichenbaum, Ph.D., Boston University, Department of Psychology
"The hippocampus and mechanisms of declarative memory"

February 10: John Heuser, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Cell Biology
"New strategies for studying membrane recycling in the synapse"

March 10: Fred H. Gage, Ph.D., The Salk Institute, Laboratory of Genetics
"Neurogenesis in the adult nervous system"

April 14: William T. Newsome, III, Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology
"Cortical area MT and the perception of stereoscopic depth"

1997-1998


October 8: Andrew T. Ishida, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
"Transient and sustained portions of voltage-gated inward currents of retinal ganglion cells"

November 12: Carol L. Colby, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Department of Neuroscience
"Cortical mechanisms of spatial representation"

December 10: Leslie P. Tolbert, Ph.D., University of Arizona, ARL Division of Neurobiology
"Neuron-glia interactions in the development of olfactory glomeruli in an insect brain"

January 28: Marc G. Caron, Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Cell Biology and Medicine
"Probing the physiological roles of monoamines in transporter knockout animals"

February 11: Dennis D. M. O'Leary, Ph.D., The Salk Institute, Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory
"Retinal axon guidance and development of topographic maps: Mechanisms and molecules"

March 11: Linda B. Buck, Ph.D., Harvard University Medical School, Department of Neurobiology
"Odor and pheromone detection in mammals"

March 18: Richard W. Tsien, Ph.D., Stanford University, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
"Fast track signalling from synapse to nucleus"

April 22: Jeffrey D. Rothstein, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, Department of Neurology
"Stumbling, shakes and twitches: Disorders of glutamate transporter subtypes"

May 12: Thomas A. Reh, Ph.D., University of Washington, Department of Biological Structure
"Mechanisms that pattern the developing vertebrate eye"