University Lecture Series – Spring 2016

The University Lecture Series (ULS) brings prominent scientists and speakers to UT Southwestern Medical Center to enhance the intellectual climate of the Medical Center community.

Time: 4 p.m. Wednesdays
Location: NB2.101 Excellence in Education Auditorium

For more information, call 214-648-0734
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Jef D. Boeke, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Systems Genetics
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
NYU Langone University

Synthesizing Chromosomes from Scratch

Joshua Mendell, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor - Molecular Biology
Kathryn O’Donnell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Molecular Biology


Scott W. Lowe, Ph.D.
Chair, Cancer Biology and Genetics Program and Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Tumor Suppressor and Tumor Maintenance Genes

Kathryn O’Donnell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology


Yuh Min Chook, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Signals and Blockers in Nuclear-Cytoplasmic Transport

Kim Orth, Ph.D.
Molecular Biology


Eric Gouaux, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator, Senior Scientist of Neuroscience and Structural Biology
Vollum Institute of Oregon Health and Science University

Signaling at Chemical Synapses: Principles of Architecture and  Mechanism

Yuh Min Chook, Ph.D.
Professor – Pharmacology
Ryan Hibbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Neuroscience


Mary V. Relling, Pharm.D.
Chair, Pharmaceutical Science
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Pharmacogenetic Tests: Moving from Discovery to Clinical Implementation Southwestern Medical Foundation’s Ida M. Green Distinguished Visiting Professorship, WISMAC

Brenda A. Schulman, Ph.D.
Co-Leader, Cancer Genetics, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, HHMI Investigator
St. Jude Children’s Research

Twists & Turns in Ubiquitin Transfer Cascades

David J. Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair


Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering
and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University

Integrated Brainwide Structural and Functional Analysis

Graduate Student Organization
Wayne Doyle, President


Marlene Rabinovitch, M.D.
Director of Research, Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease and Cardiology
Stanford University

Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Impaired Response to DNA Damage in Pulmonary Hypertension

Postdoctoral Association at
UT Southwestern

Irina Filonova, President

03/02 Bo Zhou, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher 
No Place Like Home: The Cellular Identity Of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche PDA Award Winner

Michael Rosbash, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
Professor, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience
Brandeis University

The Circadian Clock:  Connections to Neuronal Function and RNA

Carla B. Green, Ph.D.


Roger D. Kornberg, Ph.D.
Mrs. George A. Winzer Professor in Medicine. Professor, Structural Biology
Stanford University

Chromatin Structure and Transcription

Xin Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Obstetrics and Gynecology


Scott D. Emr, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Director of the Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology
Cornell University

Sorting Out Membrane Traffic to the Lysosome: Ubiquitin, ESCRTs and Protein Quality Control Systems

Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Robert F. Siliciano, M.D., Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Johns Hopkins University

Curing HIV Infection: Recent Progress and Remaining Obstacles

S. Edward Sulkin Visiting Professorship
Michael V. Norgard, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Microbiology


Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University

Illuminating Biology at the Nanoscale with Single-Molecule & Super Resolution Microscopy

Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair


Liqun Luo, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator, Developmental Biology, Neuroscience
Stanford University

Organization and Assembly of Neural Circuits

Julian Meeks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


Carol W. Greider, Ph.D.
Daniel Nathans Professor and Director
Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Telomeres and Disease: The Maintenance of the Telomere Length Equilibrium

Chilton Foundation Annual Lecture
Steven McKnight, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry


James E. Ferrell, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical and Systems Biology
Professor, Biochemistry
Stanford University

Trigger Waves in Cell Signaling

Rupert E. Billingham Lectureship in Cell Biology
Sandra Schmid, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Cell Biology




Tak W. Mak, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, Canada, University of Toronto

Exploiting Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Cancer

George E. Peacock Lecture
James Malter, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology


David Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Biology, MIT
Investigator of HHMI Whitehead Institute

Regulation of Growth by the mTOR pathway

Helen Hobbs, M.D.
Internal Medicine 


Zhejian Ji, Ph.D.
2016 Nominata Award Recipient
Genetics, Development and Disease Graduate Program

Safeguard of Mitosis: The Spindle Checkpoint

Nominata Lecture
Andrew R. Zinn, M.D., Ph.D.
Southwestern Graduate School

Carla B. Green, Ph.D., Chair
University Lecture Series 2015–2016