2019 Seminars

2019 Seminar Series

Most seminars are held on Fridays in Durham Research Center Auditorium (DRC 1002) from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Starting in the fall (August-December) the seminars are held in the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101 from 9:00-10:00 a.m.

December 20, 2019
Paul W. Denton, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
"TLR9 Agonist Immunotherapy to Enhance Immunity"

December 13, 2019
Matthew T. Andrews, PhD
Director of Nebraska EPSCoR
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Surviving Extremes: Neuroprotective strategies derived from hibernation in mammals"

December 11, 2019
Palsamy Periyasamy, PhD
Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Epigenetic regulation of HIV Tat and drug abuse-mediated neuroinflammation"

December 6, 2019
Amanda Smith
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Anna Dunaevsky, PhD
"Roles of ARID1B gene in murine brain development and behavior"

December 2, 2019
Ke Liao
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Shilpa Buch, PhD
"HIV-1 Elimination in Humanized Mice"

November 11, 2019
Hang Su
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Shilpa Buch, PhD
"Role of Astrocyte-derived Extracellular Vesicles in neuroinflammation mediated by drug abuse"

November 8, 2019
Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD
Professor, Pediatrics, Anatomy, and Neurobiology, Neurology, Physiology and Biophysics
School of Medicine
Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
"The developing brain & Epilepsy: Epigenetics, Neuroinflammation, cognition, and hope"

November 7, 2019
Brendan Ottemann
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Theranostics for Antiretroviral Biodistribution and Pharmacokinetics"

November 1, 2019
Peter M. Howley, MD
Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy, Professor of Immunology
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
"Infectious Causes of Cancer"

October 31, 2019 - Durham Research Center Auditorium, 1002 (10:30-11:30 a.m.)
Santhi Gorantla, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"A human reflection"

October 28, 2019 - Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101 (2:00-3:00 p.m.)
Benson Edagwa, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Creating the Next Generation Long Acting Antiretroviral Therapies"

October 25, 2019 - Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, MVSC, PhD, Exec. MBA
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"CRISPRing genomes made easy"

October 24, 2019 - Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101 (3:30-4:30 p.m.)
Prasanta Dash, PhD
Instructor
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Steps Towards HIV Elimination"

September 27, 2019
Jonathan Power, MD, PhD
Resident, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY, Department of Psychiatry
"Elements of fMRI scans in healthy young adults at rest"

September 20, 2019
Andrew Escayg, PhD
Professor, Department of Human Genetics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, GA
"Using mouse models to develop better treatments for epilepsy"

September 18, 2019 - Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101 (2:00-3:00 p.m.)
Qingsheng Li, PhD
Professor, Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Inter- and Intra-species Transmission of Lentiviruses and Their Prevention and Cure"

September 13, 2019
Lee Campbell, PhD
Post-baccalaureate Fellow
Biomendical  Research Center
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH)
Baltimore, MA
"Emerging Technologies Targeted Towards the Human Immunodeficiency Virus"

September 6, 2019
Matthew Van Hook, PhD
Assistant Professor
Stanley M. Truhlsen Eye Institute
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"How degeneration, dysfunction, and damage in the retina trigger plasticity in the brain"

August 30, 2019
Huntington Potter, PhD
Kurt N. and Edith von Kaulla Memorial
Professor of Neurology; Vice Chair of Basic Research
Director, Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center
University of Colorado, Denver
"Role of Inflammation and Cell Cycle Defects in Alzheimer’s Disease"

April 19, 2019 - Eppley Science Hall, Room 3010 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
Mary Banoub
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Synthesis and Characterization of Long Acting Darunavir Prodrugs"

August 23, 2019
Victor Frenkel, PhD
Associate Professor
Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Director of Translational Focused Ultrasound Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine
"MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound: A Transformative, State-of-the-Art Technology for 21st Century Medicine"

August 16, 2019
Vijayakumar Velu, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Emory Vaccine Center/Emory University
Atlanta, GA
"Lymph node T and NK cell dynamics and novel strategy for HIV cure"

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - Durham Research Center Auditorium, 1002 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
Martin Michel, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology
Johannes Gutenberg University
Mainz, Germany
"Mirabegron, a case study of a translational program accompanying drug development"

August 8, 2019 - Eppley Science Hall, Room 3010 (4:00-5:00 p.m.)
Sashi Silberberg, PhD
Director of Research Quality
NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
"Assuring a bright future for biomedical research"

August 2, 2019
Hongkuan Fan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
"Vascular Dysfunction in Sepsis; Implication of Endothelial Progenitor Cell Extracellular Vesicles, and MiRNA-126 in Vascular Homeostasis"

July 26, 2019
James Hilaire
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Synthesis and Characterization of Long-Acting Rilpivirine Prodrugs"

July 12, 2019
Birgit Schilling, PhD
Assistant Professor
Director of the Mass Spectrometry Core
Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Novato, CA
"The Role of Senescence in Aging and Age-related Diseases – Proteomics as Tool to Decipher Mechanisms"

June 28, 2019
Jim A. Rogers, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
College of Arts & Sciences
University of Nebraska at Omaha
"New Methods of Validating Large Scale Dynamical Models Using Data Visualization"

June 21, 2019
Ying-Xian Pan, MD, PhD
Department of Neurology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
"Variations on a Theme by OPRM1: It’s All in Telling the Tail"

June 14, 2019
Prasanta Dash, PhD
Instructor
Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Pathway Towards an HIV Cure"

May 31, 2019
Kaushil Patel, PhD
Associate Editor (The American Journal of Physiology- Heart and Circulatory Physiology)
Ross McIntyre Professor of Physiology
Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Centrally Mediated Enhanced Sympathetic Outflow in Heart Failure “Improving “NO” BRAKES"

May 24, 2019
Jian-Fu (Jeff) Chen, PhD
Associate Professor
Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
University of Southern California
"Mechanistic insights into microcephaly and C9ALS/FTD neurodegenerative disorder"

May 17, 2019
Alan Frazer, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX
“Selective Negative Allosteric Modulators of Alpha 5-GABAA Receptors: Novel Antidepressants"

May 10, 2019
Max Kurz, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Decoding the Brain Activity of Children with Cerebral Palsy"

April 19, 2019 - Durham Research Center, Room 1004 (1:00-2:00 p.m.)
Brady Sillman
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Development of a Long-Acting Nanoformulation of Dolutegravir for Prevention and Treatment of HIV-1 Infection"

April 19, 2019
Irving H. Zucker, PhD, FAHA, FAPS
Theodore F. Hubbard Professor of Cardiovascular Research
Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Editor In Chief, American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Mechanisms of Central Oxidant Stress and the Regulation of Sympathetic Nerve Activity: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease"

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - Eppley Science Hall, room 3010 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
Ibrahim Ibrahim
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Synthesis of a long-acting emtricitabine prodrug Nanoformulation"

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - Durham Research Center, Room 1004 (9:00-10:00 a.m.)
Christopher Woldstad
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Yutong Liu, PhD and Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Human Immunodeficiency Virus Theranostics"

Monday, April 15, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Nathan Smith Final
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Polymer and Medicinal Chemistry to Generate Novel Long Acting Antiretroviral Nanoformulations"

Monday, April 15, 2019 - Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101 (9:30-10:30 a.m.)
Zhiyi Lin Final
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Howard E. Gendelman, MD
"Development of Long-acting Nanoformulated Abacavir ProTides"

April 5, 2019 - Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101
Leor S. Weinberger, PhD
William & Ute Bowes Distinguished Professor
Director, Gladstone Center for Cell Circuitry
Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco
“Discovery and Characterization of a Virus-Intrinsic HIV Latency Circuit”

March 29, 2019 - Buffett Cancer Center, Room 101
Paul B. Fisher, MPH, PhD, FNAI
Professor and Chair, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
Founding Director, VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine
Thelma Newmeyer Corman Chair in Oncology
Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Medicine
Richmond, Virginia
“Small Molecule Inhibitor of Cancer Invasion and Metastasis: A Light at the End of the Tunnel”

Monday, March 11, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Runze Zhao
Doctoral Candidate
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Mentor: Jialin Zheng, MD
“Novel antiviral effect of ONC201 and its potential application in HIV-1 eradication"

March 8, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Yuri Lyubchenko, PhD, DrSc
Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Nebraska Medical Center
“A novel model of the early stages of development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Critical role of membranes”

March 1, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Tony Wilson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences
Director of the MEG & MRI Research Facilities
University of Nebraska Medical Center
“Neuronal Markers of Aging”

February 22, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Michael Boyne, PhD
Vice President of Products Development and Analytics
COUR Pharmaceuticals Development Company, Inc.
Development of TIMP-GLIA; Moving nanoparticle based therapies from the bench into the clinic

February 15, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Allan J. Bieber, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences in Rochester
“Genetic Models for the Study of CNS Remyelination and Innate Antiviral Immunity"

February 8, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Benson Edagwa, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
“Chemical and nanomedicine strategies to create long acting antiretroviral therapies”

January 18, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Jiantao Guo, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
“Reprogramming Genetic Code for Biochemical and Medical Applications”

January 11, 2019 - Durham Research Center, 1002
Guoku Hu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
University of Nebraska Medical Center
"Long noncoding RNAs in the CNS"