University Lecture Series – Fall 2018

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: D1.600 Zale Lecture Hall 

For more information, call 214-648-0734
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No Lecture-Holiday Week  



Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D.
HHMI, Vaccine Center Director
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Emory University

“T Cell Exhaustion and PD-1 Directed Immunotherapy” Yang Xin Fu, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of



Catherine Dulac, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
Higgins Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Harvard University

“Neurobiology of Parenting Behavior”

Sandra Schmid, Ph.D.
Professor and  Chair, Cell Biology


Michael Rape, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator
K. Peter Hirth Chair of Cancer Biology
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California, Berkeley

“Ubiquitin Signaling in Neuronal Development and Disease”

Carla B. Green, Ph.D.
Professor of Neuroscience


Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D.
Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry and Bioengineering 
Director, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen Bioengineering Center Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology

“Enzymes by Evolution:  Bringing New Chemistry to Life”

David L. Garbers Memorial Lectureship
David J. Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of Pharmacology 





10/17 Stephen Quake, Ph.D.
Lee Otterson Professor of Bioengineering
Co-President, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub
Professor of Applied Physics
Stanford University

Genevieve Konopka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience


Douglas R. Lowy, M.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Head, Signaling and Oncogenesis Section Deputy Director
National Cancer Institute

“Vaccination and Screening to Control Cervical Cancer and Other HPV-associated Diseases”

Douglas R. Lowy, M.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Cellular Oncology
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Head, Signaling and Oncogenesis Section Deputy Director National Cancer Institute


Yifan Cheng, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California, San Francisco

“Single particle cryo-EM of TRP channels”

Ryan Hibbs, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience


Helen Hobbs, M.D.
Professor and Director
Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth & Development, Internal Medicine & Molecular Genetics
UT Southwestern Medical Center

“Genetic Disorders of Dietary Excess: Getting to the Heart of the Matter”

Center for Translational Medicine
Robert D. Toto, M.D.
Associate Dean of Clinical Science


Xiaodong Wang, Ph.D.
Director and Investigator for NIBS (National Institute of Biological Sciences)
Beijing, China

“Programmed Cell Death In Aging and Diseases”

The Fouad A. and Val Imm Bashour Distinguished Lectureship in Physiology
Duojia Pan, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Physiology

11/21 No Lecture-Holiday Week


11/28 No Lecture-Holiday Week




Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Medicine
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

“Missing Self”-Recognition to NK Cells-Based Immunotherapy in Human Hematological Malignancies” 

The Dr. Michael Bennett Lecture in Immunopathology
James S. Malter, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Pathology


Jef K. De Brabander, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry
Julie and Louis Beecherl, Jr., Chair in Medical Science
UT Southwestern Medical Center


Philip Thomas, Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology


David E. Reich, Ph.D.
HHMI Investigator, Professor of Genetics
Harvard Medical School

“Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past”

David W. Russell, Ph.D.
Vice Provost, Dean of Research
Maria Chahrour, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience/Psychiatry


No Lecture-Holiday Week


Ralph DeBerardinis, Ph.D., Chair
University Lecture Series 2018–2019