2021 Seminars

2021 Seminar Series

Most seminars are held on Fridays in Durham Research Center Auditorium (DRC 1002) from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Check the UNMC Calendar for locations, times, and dates of upcoming seminars!

November 19, 2021
Rong Tian, PhD
Director of Mitochondria and Metabolism Center
Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, and Bioengineering
Adjunct Professor, Biochemistry and Pathology
University of Washington - Seattle, WA
Targeting Mitochondrial Mechanisms for Therapy

November 12, 2021
Mike Murphy, PhD
Professor of Mitochondrial Redox Biology
Programme leader, MRC-Mitochondrial Biology Unit
University of Cambridge, UK
Mitochondrial Metabolites and ROS in Cardiac IR Injury

October 29, 2021
Aditya Bade, PhD
Instructor, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience
UNMC - Omaha, NE
Deciphering a Link Between Antiretrovirals (ARVs) and Developmental "Neuro"-Abnormalities

October 22, 2021
Rajib Saha, PhD
Assistant Profesor, Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
Model-guided Strategies for Investigating Biological Systems

October 01, 2021
Russell H. Swerdlow, MD
Gene and Marge Sweeney Professor
Professor of Neurology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Director, Univeristy of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center
Director, KUMC Neurodegenerative Disorders Program
Director, Heartland Center for Mitochondrial Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine - Fairway, KS
Mitochondria and Mitocondrial Cascades in Alzheimer's Disease

September 24, 2021
Jason C. Bartz, PhD
Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty Affairs
Vice Chair, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Creighton University - Omaha, NE
Evolution of Prion Strains

September 3, 2021
Michael Toborek, MD, PhD
Leonard M. Miller Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Univerity of Miami School of Medicine - Miami, FL
Cerebral Vascular Toxicity of Antiretroviral Therapy

August 27, 2021
Marcus Kaul, PhD
Professor, Division of Biomedical Sciences,
School of Medicine, University of California Riverside - Riverside, CA
NeuroHIV in the Era of cART: Balancing Viral Suppression against Neuronal Stress and Injury

August 26, 2021
Pallavi Deol, PhD
Virology Lab, CADRAD
Indian Veterinary Research Institute - Izatnagar, Bareilly, India
CRISPR / Cas 9 Strategies for Inhibition of Bovine Herpesvirus-1 Replication

August 17, 2021
Dan Peer, PhD
TAU Vice President for Research and Development
Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Precision Nanomedicine
Tel Aviv University - Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Targeted Lipid Nanoparticles Going beyond the Liver with RNAs

August 13, 2021
Jian Zuo, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences
Creighton University, School of Medicine - Omaha, NE
Developing Drugs against Hearing Loss

July 23, 2021
Kelly L. Jordan-Sciutto, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Director of the Biomedical Graduate Studies, Perelman School of Medicine
Professor of Pathology, Vice Chair Department of Basic and Translational Sciences
School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
Role of the Integrated Stress Response Kinase, Perk, In Dysfunction of Multiple CNS Cell Types in HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

July 16, 2021
Alan L. Landay, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Vice Chair of Research
Division Chief of Translational and Precision Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush University - Chicago, IL
HIV, Aging, and Inflammation: A Dangerous Trio

July 09, 2021
Dionna W. Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology,  Medicine, and Clinical Pharmacology
John Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD
Leah Rubin, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Epidemiology
John Hopkins University School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD
Antiretroviral Therapy and CNS Complications in People with HIV

July 08, 2021
Ronald Ellis, PhD
Professor, University of California San Diego
Principal Investigator, NeuroAssessment Core, UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center
Health Sciences Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Award, UCSD
CNS Neurotoxicity of Antiretroviral Medications

July 02, 2021
Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Vaccine and Immunotherapy Center, The Wistar Institute
Wistar Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
Breaking the Glyco-Code of HIV Persistence and Immunopathogenesis

June 25, 2021
Judith B. Grinspan, PhD
Resesarch Professor of Neurology
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Myelin Loss and Oligodendrocyte Dysfunction in HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder: Who is the Culprit?

June 11, 2021
Katrin Andreasson, MD
Professor and Associate Chair, Research
Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine - Stanford, CA
The immune-brain interface in aging and neurological disease

June 04, 2021
Michael Jones
Founder and CEO
Cell Guidance Systems - Cambridge, United Kingdom
PODS: Nano-scale protein co-crystals for sustained localized and intracellular delivery of bioactive proteins

May 28, 2021
Jo Viney, PhD
President, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer,
Pandion Therapeutics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merck & Co.
Treg Induction by Modified IL-2 Therapies

May 21, 2021
Xiaoli Yu, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurosurgery
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO
The Role of Antibodies in the Pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis

May 14, 2021
Peter Gaskill, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology & Physiology
Drexel University College of Medicine - Philadelphia, PA
Mechanisms by which Dopamine Levels Induced by Substance Abuse Exacerbate NeuroHIV

May 07, 2021
Paras N. Prasad, PhD
SUNY Distinguised Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Electrical Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY
Convergent Science and Nanomedicine to Impact Human Health

May 06, 2021
Tanmay Kulkarni
Graduate Student, Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's and Benson Edagwa's labs
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Development of Once-A-Year Injectable Formulation of Antiretroviral Drug Cabotegravir for HIV Prevention and Treatment

April 30, 2021
Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology and Toxicology
Director, Center for Research on Ingredient Safety
Director, Institute for Integrative Toxicology
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Cannabinoids: Implications for Treatment of HIV-Associated Neuroinflammation

April 23, 2021
Michael Trevarrow
Graduate Student, Dr. Max Kurz' lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
The Neurological Abnormalities of the Brain and Spinal Cord in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy

April 22, 2021
Denise Cobb
Graduate Student, Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Development of Long-Acting Tenofovir Protide Nanoformulations

April 16, 2021
Rosemarie M. Booze, PhD
Professor and Bicentennial Endowed Chair of Behavioral Neuroscience
Department of Psychology, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience
University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC
Post-acute Sequelae of HIV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 in the CNS

April 15, 2021
Katherine Odegaard
Graduate Student, Dr. Sowmya Yelamanchili's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
In Utero and Postnatal Oxycodone Exposure: Implications for Intergenerational Effects

April 02, 2021
Piero Bianco, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Mechanistic Studies of Stalled DNA Replication Fork Rescue in E.coli

March 26, 2021
Paula Cannon, PhD
Distinguised Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine - Los Angeles, CA
Gene Editing the B Cell Ig Locus to Express Specific Antibodies: A Potential Cell Therapy for HIV

March 25, 2021
Rachel Spooner
Graduate Student, Dr. Tony Wilson's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Neural Oscillatory Activity Serving Sensorimotor Control is Regulated by the Mitochondrial Redox Environment in Health and Disease

March 19, 2021
Johnny J. He, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Chicago Medical School - Chicago, IL
Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor as a Potential Therapeutic Target for Hand

March 12, 2021
Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development
Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuyclear Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine - Baltimore, MD
Reciprocal Influences of HIV and Cannabinoids on the Brain and Cognitive Function

March 05, 2021
Kurt F. Hauser, PhD
Wazeter Professor
Deparmtent of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine- Richmond, VA
Unraveling the Pathophysiological Interactions Between NeuroHIV and Opioid Use Disorder

February 24, 2021
Brandon Lew
Graduate Student, Dr. Tony Wilson's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Multimodal Neuroimaging of HIV and Aging

February 19, 2021
Todd Allen, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard - Boston, MA
Strategies for Achieving a Functional Cure for HIV

February 12, 2021
Daniel J. Siegwart, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center- Dallas, TX
The present and future of mRNA lipid nanoparticles (LNPs): From COVID-19 vaccines to tissue-specific gene editing

February 11, 2021
Suvendra N. Bhattacharyya, MSc, PhD, FNA, FASc, FNASc, FAScT
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), - New Delhi, India
Targeting miRNA-activity in controlling inflammation and infection

January 29, 2021
Shilpa Buch, PhD
Professor and Senior Executive Vice Chair for Research
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, Ne
Opiate mediated potentiation of HAND: Blaming the messenger?

January 22, 2021
Luis J. Montaner, DVM, MSc, DPhil
Vice President, Scientific Operations
The Wistar Institute- Philadephia, PA
Residual immune activation in ART-suppressed HIV-infected persons under medications for opioid use disorders

January 20, 2021
Jonathan Karn, PhD
Reinberger Professor and Chair
Case Western Reserve University - Cleveland, OH
Virus on the Brain: Inflammation and Cross-talk Between Microglia and Neurons Regulates HIV Latency

January 15, 2021
Samuel Johnson
Graduate Student, Dr. Siddappa Byrareddy's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Microbial dysbiosis during opioid administration is associated with neuro-immune dysregulation in SIV-infected macaque model

January 15, 2021
Katherine Odegaard
Graduate Student, Dr. Sowmya Yelamanchili's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Distinct synaptic vesicle signatures associated with
pre- and post-natal oxycodone-exposure

January 08, 2021
Safwan Elkhatib
Graduate Student, Dr. Adam Case's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Splenic denervation attenuates social defeat stress-induced T-lymphocyte inflammation

January 08, 2021
Rachel Spooner
Graduate Student, Dr. Tony Wilson's lab
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha, NE
Superoxide-sensitive Mitochondrial Redox Environments Predict Sensorimotor Function in People Living with HIV