Physiology Seminar Series

The Department of Physiology offers many opportunities for fellows and graduate students to expand their knowledge and training, including a monthly seminar series conducted by faculty and researchers from UT Southwestern and elsewhere.

Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are expected to attend these Physiology Department-sponsored seminars to ensure broad training within the Department’s academic training programs.

Seminars are held in ND13.218 at 4 p.m on Mondays.

Spring 2024 Seminars

Jan. 8 No Seminar    
Jan. 15 MLK Day - No Seminar    
Jan. 22 Amy Lee Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Austin
"A non-canonical role for a voltage-gated Ca2+ channel in driving synapse assembly in the retina" Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.
Jan. 29 No Seminar    
Feb. 5 Raimund Dutzler, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Zurich
"The TMEM16 Family of Calcium-Activated Chloride Channels and Lipid Scramblases: From Structures to Mechanisms" Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.
Feb. 12 Jared Toettcher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
"Recording, controlling, and re-wiring cell signaling pathways" Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.
Feb. 19 President's Day - No Seminar    
Feb. 23 Antonella De Matteis, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Cell Biology and Disease Mechanisms Program Coordinator, The Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM)
TBD Jen Liou, Ph.D.
March 4 Jun Wu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"Dynamic Pluripotent Stem Cell States and Their Applications" Yi Liu Ph.D.
March 11 Ram Madabhushi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"Twisting, writhing, and breaking: DNA mechanics in neuronal transcription" Jiang Wu, Ph.D.
March 18 James Murphy, Ph.D.
Professor, WEHI
"Killing zombies- dead enzymes as novel therapeutic targets" Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.
March 25 Tzumin Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Peter D. Meister Professor of the Life Sciences, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan; Howard Hughes Medical Institute
"Conserved Cell Fating Mechanisms in Brain Development" Daisuke Hattori, Ph.D
April 1 Lin Xu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"Toward single-cell resolution spatially resolved profiling: algorithm and application" Alec Zhang, Ph.D.
April 8 Liang Feng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University
TBD Youxing Jiang Ph.D.
April 15 TBD    
April 22 Jun Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
TBD Alec Zhang, Ph.D.
May 6 Cory Root, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego
"Neural circuits underlying olfactory motivational valence" Daisuke Hattori, Ph.D.
May 13 Pablo Artigas, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
TBD Donald Hilgemann, Ph.D.
May 20 Robert J. Tomko Jr., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine
TBD George Demartino, Ph.D.

Fall 2023 Seminars

Sept. 4 Labor Day – No Seminar    
Sept. 11 Xiaowei Chen, Ph.D.
Investigator, Peking University
"Receptor-Mediated Lipid Delivery in Metabolic Homeostasis and Viral Defense" Xing Zeng Ph.D.
Sept. 18 Robert Bachoo, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Neurology, and Internal Medicine, UTSW Medical Center
"Recurrent Glioblastoma: A Problem Rooted in the Elusive Residual Dormant Cell" Donald Hilgemann, Ph.D.
Sept. 25 Xiaochen Bai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biophysics and Cell Biology, UTSW Medical Center
"Cryo-EM studies of insulin receptor: from mechanisms to therapeutics" Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.
Oct. 2 Keisa Mathis, Ph.D.
Departments of Internal Medicine and Physiology, UTSW Medical Center
"Neuroimmune control of renal inflammation in hypertension and lupus"  
Oct. 9 Michael Reese, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Biochemistry, UTSW Medical Center
"Gaining a biophysical understanding of the apicomplexan invasion machinery" Matt Sieber, Ph.D.
Oct. 16 John Schoggins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, UTSW Medical Center
"Genetically encoded antiviral mechanisms" Yi Liu, Ph.D.
Oct. 23 David Bilder, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
"Cold-blooded Cancer: tumor-host interactions in the Drosophila model" Matt Sieber, Ph.D.
Oct. 30 Xiaolei Su, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Yale School of Medicine
  Alec Zhang, Ph.D.
Nov. 6 Reto Fiolka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, UTSW Medical Center
"Advanced light microscopy techniques" Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.
Nov. 13 Ashley Solmonson, Ph.D.
Assistant Instructor, Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern
"Developmental Metabolism: Why it matters and what it can teach us" Matt Sieber, Ph.D.
Nov. 20 TBT – NO SEMINAR    
Nov. 27 Ken Hsu
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin
  Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Dec. 4 Iok In Christine Choi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Genetics and Development, Columbia University
"Malignant consequences of redox signaling" Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.
Dec. 11 Sarah Shahmoradian, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Diseases | Biophysics | Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, UTSW Medical Center
  Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Dec. 18 Orson Moe, M.D.
Professor and Director, Departments of Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research | Internal Medicine | Physiology, UTSW Medical Center

Fall 2022 Seminars

Sept. 12 Yang Hong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
"Electrostatic Membrane Targeting and Hypoxia in Cell Polarity" Duojia Pan, Ph.D.
Sept. 19 Donald Hilgemann, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"Surprising Mechanisms of Plasma Membrane Remodeling"   
Sept. 28 Erik Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor & HHMI Investigator, Department of Biology, University of Utah
"Synaptic Transmission in Time and Space" Duojia Pan, Ph.D.
Oct. 3 Jin Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of California San Diego
"Illuminating the Biochemical Activity Architecture of the Cell" Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.
Oct. 10 Hui Zong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, University of Virginia
"Cell Competition and Cooperation In Brain Tumors: The Implications For Effective Therapy" Jiang Wu, Ph.D.
Oct. 17 Katherine Wert, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"Metabolic Perturbations During Retinal Degenerative Disease" Jen Liou, Ph.D. 
Oct. 24 Baron Chanda
Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine In St. Louis
"Probing Allostery In Pacemaker Ion Channels At A Single Molecule Resolution" Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.
Oct. 31 Ming Guo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neurology and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, University of California Los Angeles
TBD Duojia Pan, Ph.D.
Nov. 7 Ege Kavalali, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Vanderbilt University
"Functional Nano-Organization Of Central Synapses" Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.
Nov. 14 Ming Zhou, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Baylor College of Medicine
"Mechanisms of Fe2+ Transport In Ferroportin And Fe3+ Reduction In Stearoyl-CoA Desaturase-1" Youxing Jiang, Ph.D.
Nov. 21 Kenta Asahina, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
"Neuropeptidergic control of “hanger” in the fruit flies" Daisuke Hattori, Ph.D.
Nov. 28 Alec Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"ITIM-Receptors: New Wave of Immune Checkpoint Targets for Cancer Treatment"  
Dec. 5 Matthew Sieber, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, and UT Southwestern Medical Center

Spring 2021 Seminars

DateSpeaker, Title, SchoolTalk TitleHost
Feb. 8 Ilya Levental, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Molecular Physiology & Biological Physics, University of Virginia School of Medicine
“The Composition, Organization and Function of Mammalian Plasma Membranes” Ilya Bezprozvanny, Ph.D.
Feb. 22 Gregorz Kudla, Ph.D.
Group Leader, MRC Human Genetics Unit, University of Edinburgh
“Synonymous but not the same: the role of coding sequence mutations in gene regulation” Yi Liu, Ph.D.
Mar. 1 Mark T. Nelson, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Prof & Chair, Department of Pharmacology, University of Vermont
“Translating thought into blood flow in the brain:  Capillaries as sensors of neural activity” Donald Hilgemann, Ph.D.
Mar. 15 Mark Wu, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University
 “Circadian Regulation of Sleep and Arousal in Flies and Mice  Daisuke Hattori, Ph.D.
Mar. 22 Gerald Shadel, Ph.D.
Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Lab, Audrey Geisel Chair, Biomedical Science, Director, San Diego-Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging
“Mitochondrial Stress Signaling in Disease, Aging and Immunity” Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.
Apr. 5 Konstantin Doubrovinski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Green Center for System Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
“Physical Aspects of Drosophila Gastrulation” Duojia Pan, Ph.D.
Apr. 12 Rui Chang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept of Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Yale University
 “The Molecular and functional architecture of the vagal interoceptive system”  Xing Zeng, Ph.D.
Apr. 26 Hao Zhu, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Physiology, Children's Research Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center
“Mechanisms of Tissue Regeneration and Implications for Cancer” Jiang Wu, Ph.D.
May 3 Jian Xu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Children's Research Institute, Pediatrics, UT Southwestern Medical Center
 “Decoding the Pathogenic Non-Coding Genome”  Yi Liu, Ph.D.
May 10 Takashi Kitamura, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"Neural circuit mechanism for learning and memory for understanding others and myself" Daisuke Hattori, Ph.D.
May 24 Nan Yan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Immunology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
"STING trafficking and signaling in health and disease" Alec Zhang, Ph.D.
May 31 Memorial Day    

Fall 2020 Seminars

Sept. 7 Labor Day – No Seminar    
Sept. 14 Mike Henne, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology, UT Southwestern Medical Center
“Compartmentalization of metabolism at inter-organelle contacts: lessons from yeast” Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Sept. 21 Justin Kline, M.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, University of Chicago Medicine
“Immunotherapeutic strategies to overcome CD8+ T cell tolerance in leukemia” Alec Zhang, Ph.D.
Sept. 28 Open    
Oct. 5 Jonathan Lederer, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of Center for Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Professor of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine
“ATP Production in Heart by Mitochondria” Donald Hilgemann, Ph.D.
Oct. 14 Bashour Lecture
Carol Vivien Robinson, DBE, FRS, FMedSci
Professor, Department of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Oxford
“From peripheral proteins to membrane motors – mass spectrometry comes of age” Duojia Pan, Ph.D. and Donald Hilgemann, Ph.D.
Oct. 19 Open    
Oct. 26 Michael S. Marks, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Physiology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania
“The dark side of organelle biogenesis enlightened by rare human disease” Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Nov. 2 Open    
Nov. 9 Vadim Gladyshev, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Harvard University
"Quantifying and manipulating the aging process" Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.
Nov. 16 Richard Lu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
"Decoding Brain Tumorigenesis and Heterogeneity with Single-Cell Omics" Jiang Wu, Ph.D.
Nov. 23 Edward Chouchani, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Cancer Biology, Harvard University
"Mechanisms of metabolite regulation over health and disease" Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D.
Nov. 30 Ezra Burstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
“Recycling in the endosomal compartment: Understanding the roles of the CCC complex” Jen Liou, Ph.D.
Dec. 7 Eduardo Perozo, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Chicago
"Structural basis of Force-form-Lipid Gating in Mechanosensitive Channels" Paul Blount, Ph.D.
Dec. 14 Wolfgang Baumeister, Ph.D.
Director, Molecular Structural Biology, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
"Structural Biology in situ or the Power of Seeing the Whole Picture" George DeMartino, Ph.D.