April Events
College of Medicine · Association of Medical Science Graduate Students

Friday, April 2, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Michele Kutzler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Drexel Univerity College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, will present a seminar on "Improved DNA Vaccination Strategies for the Induction of Mucosal Immunity".
Faculty host: Kenneth Ugen, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 2, 2010, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Beef O' Brady's in the Marshall Student Center
Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC): Social
Come out and have some fun while socializing with GPSC and GAU's e-board members.
Free food and drinks. Please RSVP to gpsc@grad.usf.edu and specify event and number of attendees, limited seating available.

Saturday, April 3, 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., USF Riverfront Park
Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC): Family Appreciation Day
A day design to show appreciation for the families of graduate students. Come out and relax, while experiencing tons of fun with the ones you love! Many fun filled activities such as moon bounces, potato sack racing, face painting, spoon and egg race, etc.
Free food and drinks. Please RSVP to gpsc@grad.usf.edu and specify event and number of attendees, limited seating available.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1002
Lisa Muma Weitz Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy & Cell Imaging Workshop/Seminar:
Perkin Elmer Spinning Disk Confocal Microscopy System
Faculty host: Byeong J. Cha, PhD (bcha@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Office of Research, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
Danyelle Townsend, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, will present a seminar on "Redox Regulation of the Unfolded Protein Response".
Faculty host: Robert Deschenes, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday - Thursday, April 6-8, 2010, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., USF Health Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare, Rooms 1013 A and B
Faculty/Trainees/Staff/Students Development Lecture Series
Day 1: Research Methods (Topics to be covered include research design, biostatistics, literature review, IRB issues and data collection.)
Day 2: Write Winning Grants (This workshop, sponsored by Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops, LLC, addresses the practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. The workshop will focus on NIH grant proposals, and particpants will use the NIH edition of the Grant Application Writer's Workbook as a guide.)
Day 3: Scientific Writing (Topics to be covered include effective scientific writiing, writing in the Introduction, Research Methods and Discussion format, preparation of abstracts and posters, and creating effective PowerPoint presentations.)
All USF Health faculty, staff, trainees and students are welcome to attend. Please contact Sadaf Aslam, MD (saslam@health.usf.edu) for additional information. Sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and the Office of Research, USF Health.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1003
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
Kenneth Tew, PhD, DSc, Professor & Chair, Cell & Molecular Pharmacology, John C. West Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, Medical University of South Carolina, will present a seminar on "Glutathione S-Transferase Pi - Not Just a Detoxification Enzyme Any More ...".
Faculty host: Robert Deschenes, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., MDA 1097
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Splicing Systems for Studying Signaling to the Spliceosome" by Hercules Apostolatos (Department of Molecular Medicine). Hercules' co-major professors are Denise Cooper, PhD and Niketa Patel, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Thursday, April 8, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDA 1097
Molecular Medicine: External Chair Seminar
Charles Chalfant, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, will present a seminar on "The Regulation of Alternative Splicing by Oncogenic Signaling Pathways".
Faculty host: Denise Cooper, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 9, 2010, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., MDA 1097
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Functional Connectivity and Responses to Chemoreceptor Stimulation of Medullary Ventrolateral Respiratory Column Neurons" by Mackenzie M. Ott (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology). Mackenzie's major professor is Bruce Lindsey, PhD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Friday, April 9, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Thomas Unnasch, PhD, Professor, Department of Global Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, will present a seminar on "Analysis of Transcription and RNA Processing in a Human Filarial Parasite".
Faculty host: Robert J. Deschenes, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 9, 2010, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MDA 1097
Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology: External Chair Seminar
Susan M. Barman, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Michigan State University, will present a seminar on "What can we learn about neural control of the cardiovascular system by studying rhythms in sympathetic nerve discharge".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 9, 2010, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., BEH 318 (Graduate school conference room)
Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC): General Assembly Meeting and Research Funding Workshop
A representative from the Office of Research and Innovation will be presenting ways in which you can receive funding for your research.
Free food and drinks. Please RSVP to gpsc@grad.usf.edu and specify event and number of attendees, limited seating available.

Monday, April 12, 2010, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Jared Ehrhart, graduate student, will present a seminar on "Modulation of Microglial Activation as a Potential Therapeutic Strategy".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, ALZ101
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Lecture Series
Graduate student lecture by Sulana Schroeder.
Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (SIPN), USF Health.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Speaker: Ramaswamy Subramanian, PhD, Professor and Dean, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (InSTEM), National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India, will present a seminar on "A potpourri of protein interactions - implications of weak and transient interactions in function".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MDA 1097
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases Distinguished Lecture Series
Chen Dong, PhD, Professor, Immunology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, will present a seminar on "Molecular Pathways Leading to Allergic Diseases".
Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases (SIPAIID), USF Health.

Friday, April 16, 2010, 9:00 a.m., MDL 1003 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Neuroprotection With Anesthetics in Two Models of Cerebral Ischemia" by Rafael Eduardo Chaparro, MD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology). Rafael's co-major professors are David Morgan, PhD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology) and Enrico Camporesi, MD (Department of Anesthesiology).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Friday, April 16, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Jeffrey Pessin, PhD, Professor Department of Medicine (Endocrinology), Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, will present a seminar on "Signaling crosstalk regulating energy expenditure and insulin sensitivity".
Faculty host: Denise Cooper, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 16, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.,
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Lecture Series
Astrid E. Cardona, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroimmunology & Fractalkine Receptor Biology, Department of Biology, The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, will present a seminar on "Fractalkine Receptor Regulates the Trafficking of Defined Leukocyte Population During Autoimmune Inflammation".
Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (SIPN), USF Health.

Monday, April 19, 2010, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Ellisa Parker-Athill, graduate student, will present a seminar on "The Role of Maternal Immune Activation in Neurodevelopmental Disorders".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, ALZ101
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Lecture Series
Graduate student lecture by Donna Darlington.
Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (SIPN), USF Health.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Joe Abisambra, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., COPH 1023B
Departments of Molecular Medicine & Global Health: Faculty Candidate Seminar
Stephan Wuchty, PhD, Staff Scientist, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health, will present a seminar on "Comp. and Systems Biology in Infectious Diseases and Cancer".
Faculty hosts: Michael White, PhD and Robert Deschenes, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 23, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Daotai Nie, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology & Cell Biology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, will present a seminar on "Nanog, Cancer Stem Cells, and a Switch in Cancer Metastasis".
Faculty host: Charles Szekeres, PhD. Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 23, 2010, 12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, Room 101
Byrd Alzheimer's Institute Seminar
Jack Rogers, PhD, Program Director, Laboratory for Neurochemistry in the Psychiatric Neuroscience Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, will present a seminar on "Iron and Ferritin and Amyloid Precursor Protein Translation: Ribotargets for Neurodegenerative Disease Therapy".
Faculty host: Chad Dickey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine. Sponsored by the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, USF Health.

Monday, April 26, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, ALZ101
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Lecture Series
Graduate student lecture by Amanda Rowe: "Effects of G-CSF on Monocyte Trafficking from Blood to Brain in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease".
Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (SIPN), USF Health.

Monday, April 26, 2010, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., MDC 2301
Pathology and Cell Biology Guest Lecture
Louis Dubeau, MD, PhD, PI of the International Consortium on Ovarian Cancer, Professor of Pathology at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, will present a seminar on "Mechanism of Cancer Predisposition in BRCA1 Mutation Carriers".
Faculty host: Santo V. Nicosia, MD. Sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday, April 26, 2010, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Spring 2010 Seminar Series
Drew A. Rideout, MD, will present a seminar on "Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Attenuates Obesity-Related Liver Injury".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, ALZ101
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Lecture Series
Graduate student lecture by Josh Morganti.
Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (SIPN), USF Health.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Ernst Schönbrunn, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences, Scientific Director, Structural Biology Core Facility, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, ALZ101
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Lecture Series
Mibel Pabon will present a seminar on "AAV9-mediated Expression of Human Wild Type a-synuclein as a Parkinson’s Disease Model: An Observation of Immunological Effects, Spirulina Enhanced Diet and Fractalkine Treatment".
Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (SIPN), USF Health.

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDA 1097
Pathology and Cell Biology Special Seminar
Vrushank Davé, MS, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary Biology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, Cincinnati, OH, will present a seminar on "Engineering Mouse Models to Study Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Remodeling".
Faculty host: Santo V. Nicosia, MD. Sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.