** DNRM Seminars are now held on Mondays at 11:00am in CB2405 unless otherwise noted **

"An Organelle-Centric View from Neuronal Stress Response to Therapeutics in Parkinson's Disease"

  • July 25, 2022
  • CB3803

Zixu Mao, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology, Emory University School of Medicine

"Calcium-stimulated cAMP signaling in health and psychiatric disorders"

  • August 1, 2022
  • CB3803

Hongbing Wang, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Physiology, Michigan State University

"Engineering human pluripotent stem cell-based models to identify the mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease onset and progression"

  • August 8, 2022
  • CB3803

David Brafman, Ph.D., MBA

Associate Professor, School of Biological and Health System Engineering, Arizona State University

"The communication of Astrocyte-Neuron in Motivated Behaviors and Alcohol Use Disorder"

  • August 22, 2022
  • CB3803

Seungwoo Kang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Augusta University, Augusta GA


"Neuroimmune interaction: how microglia sense and regulate neuronal activities"

  • September 12, 2022
  • CB3803

Longjun (Long-Jun) Wu, PhD

Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

"Neural Mechanisms of Frontotemporal Dementia"

  • September 19, 2022
  • CB3803

Wei-Dong Yao, Ph.D

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences, Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

"Aging, Lysosomes and Neurodegenerative Disease"

  • September 26, 2022
  • CB3803

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD

John Douglas French Foundation Endowed Professor, Director, Medical Scientist Training Program, Professor of Neurology, Memory and Aging Center, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA


"Endosomal and cytoskeletal dynamics in axons: aggregate formation and organelle interactions in neurodegeneration"

  • October 3, 2022
  • CB3803

Sandra Encalada, PhD

Associate Professor, Arlene and Arnold Goldstein Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

"Altered basal ganglia encoding of gait in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease"

  • October 10, 202
  • Virtual - Zoom

Sotiris Masmanidis, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

"Corrupted intermediary metabolism in models of familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis"

  • October 17, 2022
  • CB3803

Robert Kalb, MD

Director, Les Turner ALS Center, Chief of Neuromuscular Disease in the Department of Neurology, Joan and Paul Rubschalger Professor, Professor Neurology (Neuromuscular Disease), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Evanston, IL

"Organoid-based approaches to investigate human glial development and function"

  • October 24, 2022
  • CB3803

Steven Sloan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

"From nerve injury to a pandemic: novel treatments for chronic pain"

  • October 31, 2022
  • CB3803

Venetia Zachariou, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience and Pharmacological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, NY

"Sex, drugs, and astrocytes: How do sex differences and prenatal opioid exposure affect astrocyte-mediated synaptic development?"

  • November 7, 2022
  • CB3803

Chris Risher, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, John C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, Huntington, WV

"Engineering human brain organoids for modeling neurological diseases"

  • December 5, 2022
  • CB3803

Feng Guo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington, IN

"Dissecting the neural circuitry underlying motivated behaviors."

  • December 12, 2022
  • Virtual - Zoom

Bo Li, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, Stanley Institute for Cognitive Genomics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island NY

"Listening" and "Talking" to Neurons: Non-neuronal cells amplify pain and drug reward - Pathways from basic science to human and veterinary clinical trials

  • January 23, 2023
  • Virtual - Zoom **12:00pm**

Linda Watkins, PhD

University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder

"Novel Concepts of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells in Vascular Remodeling and Disease"

  • January 30, 2023
  • CB2405

 Xiaochun Long, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Vascular Biology Center, Augusta University

"Artery preparedness through endothelial cell circadian rhythms: Surprises in middle age and the hippocampus"

  • February 6, 2023
  • CB2405

 Dan Rudic, MS, MPHIL, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Augusta University

"Advanced Computational Approach to Reveal Functional Connectivity Networks in the Brain"

  • February 13, 2023
  • CB2405

 Wei Zhang, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Computer and Cyber Sciences, Augusta University

"Transmission of Misfolded Proteins in Neurodegenerative Disorders"

  • February 20, 2023
  • Virtual Zoom **12:00pm**

 Virginia Man-Yee Lee, PhD

The John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professor in Alzheimer's Research, Director, Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

"Gene therapy to treat spinal cord injury"

  • March 6, 2023
  • CB2405

Li Cai, PhD

Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ

"The neural basis of behavioral variability"

  • March 13, 2023
  • CB2405

Gowan Tervo, PhD

MCN Principal Scientist, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA

"Microglia as Mediators of Nutritional Metabolic Programming"

  • March 20, 2023
  • Virtual - Zoom

 Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

"BDNF signaling onto astrocyte TrkB.T1- a novel mechanism driving astrocyte structural plasticity"

  • March 27, 2022
  • CB2405

Michelle Olsen, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Neuroscience, Director, School of Graduate Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

"New fluorophores to illuminate old problems in neuroscience"

  • April 24, 2023
  • CB2405

 Kevin Staley, MD

Unit Chief, Pediatric Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

"A previously unappreciated progenitor source for taste buds and molecular regulation of the cell differentiation"

  • May 1, 2023
  • CB2405

Hongxiang Liu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Regenerative Medicine Group, Department of Animal & Dairy Science, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

"Contextual and cross-modality modulation of cortical processing by higher-order thalamic inputs"

  • May 8, 2023
  • CB2405

Huizhong  Tao, PhD

Professor Physiology and Neuroscience, Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

"Molecular and circuit mechanisms through which estrogens modulate memory"

  • May 15, 2023
  • Virtual Zoom **12:00pm**

Karyn Frick, PhD, MA

Distinguished Professor, Neuroscience Area Head, Co-director, Neuroscience BS Program, Director, Neuroendocrinology of Memory Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI


"Early resource scarcity causes lasting changes in motivated behavior"

  • May 22, 2023
  • CB2405

 Debra Bangasser, PhD

Professor and Associate Director, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA