University Lecture Series – Spring 2015

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

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Rudolf Jaenisch, M.D.
Professor of Biology
Member, Whitehead Institute
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

iPS Cell Technology, Gene Editing, and Disease Research

W. Lee Kraus, Ph.D.
Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology


Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.
Caruth Scholar in Biomedical Research
Professor of Physiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center

On the Origin of Ion Selectivity in Potassium Channels

Ryan Hibbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Depts. of Neuroscience & Biophysics


Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D.
HHMI Investigator
James B. Duke Professor of Medicine
Duke University Medical Center

Seven Transmembrane Receptors

Medical Scientist Training Program
Varun Sondhi, Student Host


Tyler Jacks, Ph.D.
Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
HHMI Investigator, Prof. of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Engineering the Cancer Genome

Joshua Mendell, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Molecular Biology


Huda Zoghbi, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics, Molecular & Human Genetics, Neurology, and Neuroscience;
HHMI; Dir., Neurological Research Institute
Baylor College of Medicine

Rett Syndrome and MeCP2 Disorders: From the Clinic to Genes and Neurobiology

Southwestern Medical Foundation’s Ida M. Green Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Ruth Lehmann, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell Biology
HHMI Investigator
New York University School of Medicine

Mitochondrial Control of Germ Line Development

Michael Buszczak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biology


Mark M. Davis, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of
Microbiology and Immunology
Director, Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection
Stanford University School of Medicine

New Approaches to Human Immunology

Graduate Student Organization
Chelsea Stamm, President


Kenneth M. Yamada, M.D., Ph.D.
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Chief, Lab. of Cell & Developmental Biology
National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research

Dynamics of Cell-Matrix Interactions in Development and Cancer

Postdoctoral Association
Drew Stenesen, Ph.D., President


The Postdoctoral Award Winner’s lecture has been moved to May 13, 2015

re-scheduled for 9-9-15 

James P. Allison, Ph.D.
This lecture is rescheduled to allow Dr. Allison to be in Germany at this time to receive the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize for 2015

Targeting Immune Checkpoints in Cancer Therapy: New Insights and Opportunities

Chandrashekhar Pasare, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Immunology


Judith Frydman, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and of Genetics
Stanford School of Medicine

Molecular Origami: Cellular Protein Folding and Misfolding in Health and Disease

Philip J. Thomas, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology


Jennifer A. Doudna, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology
HHMI Investigator
University of California, Berkeley

The Biology of CRISPRs:  From Genome Defense to Genome Engineering

Nicholas Conrad, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology


Gary Nabel, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President
Chief Scientific Officer
Sanofi Pharmaceuticals

The Long and Winding Road to an Ebola Vaccine

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


Andrew Camilli, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biology
and Microbiology
Tufts University

Study of the Vibrio cholerae Lifecycle and Ways to Prevent Infection

Kim Orth, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular Biology

Meg Phillips, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology


Takao Kondo, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Science
Nagoya University 

Measuring Time of a Day in Cyanobacteria by Circadian Clock Protein KaiC

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


Stephen H. Friend, M.D., Ph.D.
President and Director
Sage Bionetworks 

Alternate Approaches to Explore Multi-Dimensional Clinical Spaces

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


Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D.
Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished
University Professor
Ctr. for Genome Science & Systems Biology
Washington University, St. Louis 

A Microbial View of Human Development: the Gut Microbiota and Childhood Undernutrition 

Lora V. Hooper, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Immunology, Center for Genetics of Host Defense, and Microbiology 


Iannis Aifantis, Ph.D.
HHMI; Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology
New York University 

3D Genome Architecture and the Regulation of Cellular Transformation and Tumorigenesis

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


Postdoctoral Award Winner

Postdoctoral Association at UT Southwestern
Drew Stenesen, Ph.D., President 


Nominata Award Winner

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

Joshua Mendell, M.D., Ph.D., Chair
University Lecture Series 2014–2015