4:00 - 5:00 PM, 208 Light Hall

The next scheduled Biochemistry Flexner Discovery Lecture is TBD. Please check back here for updates.

In recent years, the Department of Biochemistry has hosted such illustrious speakers as: Jennifer Doudna, Peter Agre, Karl Deisseroth, Joan Steitz, NIDA Director Nora Volkow, Nancy Andrews, and several Nobel Prize winners (Sydney Brenner, Tom Cech, Andrew Fire, Bengt Samuelsson, Kurt Wuthrich, Sir Paul Nurse, and in 2017 Eric Kandel). Click here for a full listing of all Vanderbilt Flexner Discovery Lectures, past and present. Lectures are recorded and may be viewed online.

         12:00 - 1:00 PM, 214 Light Hall

                2017 - 2018 SEMINARS

August 18, 2017
Chuan He, University of Chicago/HHMI
"Seminar Title TBA"

October 20, 2017
Enrique De La Cruz, Yale University/NSF 
"Seminar Title TBA"

November 10, 2017   Armstrong Lecture
Jeremy Thorner, UC Berkeley/NAS  
"Seminar Title TBA"

December 1, 2017   Cohen Lecture
Erin O’Shea, HHMI President, Harvard University  
"Seminar Title TBA"

December 8, 2017
Anna Marie Pyle, Yale University/HHMI 
"Seminar Title TBA"

​March 16, 2018  Armstrong Lecture
Zhijian “James” Chen, UT Southwestern/HHMI/NAS     
"Seminar Title TBA"

​March 23, 2018
Hao Wu, Harvard/NAS 
"Seminar Title TBA"

April 13, 2018
John Denu, University of Wisconsin
"Seminar Title TBA"

April 20, 2018
Houra Merrikh, University of Washington  
"Seminar Title TBA"

April 27, 2018
Karlene Cimprich, Stanford University/AAAS Fellow 
"Seminar Title TBA"



4:00 - 5:00 P.M.    512 Light Hall

September 20, 2016: James Dewer, "The case for procrastination during termination of DNA replication"

October 4, 2016: Monica Bomber, "Defining Druggable Targets in t(8;21) Acute Myeloid Leukemia" & Romell Gletten, "Phosphorylation-Dependent Mechanisms of Aquaporin-5 Trafficking in the Lens" See Flyer

October 18, 2016: James Galligan, "Identification and Characterization of Histone Adducts"

November 1, 2016: Kate Stuart, ASPIRE Program, "Etiquette Express"

November 15, 2016: Evan Perry ("Discovery of Small Molecule Inhibitors of PD-L1") and Kelly Barnett ("Method Developments for Studying Epigenetic and Activity Dynamics at Enhancers Genome-Wide")

November 29, 2016: BSA Officers; Annual Retreat information session

Our annual departmental retreat will be a day-and-a-half affair that will be held on January 31 (1:00-6:00 pm) and February 1st (8:15 am-5:30 pm) in the Board of Trustees Room in the Student Life Center followed by a banquet 6-8 pm at the University Club Nashville. It will feature posters and talks by students, post-docs, and faculty from labs with primary or secondary appointments in our department. We will also hear talks from the winners of the Cunningham Awards for graduate students and post-docs. We will be providing snacks and beverages on January 31st, as well as all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) on February 1st.

December 13, 2016: Marlene Jayne, "A Walk Down Memory Lane in Biochemistry," Marlene Jayne will discuss Departmental history and Dr. Stanley Cohen with the Biochemistry Student Association. See Flyer

January 10, 2017: Adrian Olivares, "Pushing and Pulling Forces in Protein Destruction, Nuclear Function and Life"

January 24, 2017: Irene McKirgan and Ashley Brady, info session on Academic Pathways Fellowship and other teaching programs at Vanderbilt

February 7, 2017: Katie Rothamel, "RNA-Binding Proteins Regulate Inflammation," and Clare Spielman,"Making Pro-Seq Great Again"

February 21, 2017: Yi Ren, "mRNP Nuclear Export in Health and Disease"

March 7, 2017: Thomas Bass, “ETAA1 Promotes Genome Stability through Activation of ATR”

March 21, 2017: Matt Albertolle​, "Oxidative Inactivation of Cytochrome P450 4A11 via Sulfenylation of the Heme-Thiolate Ligand"

April 4, 2017: Alex Trevisan​, "Sensing the Force: The Role of Jedi in Sensory Development"

April 18, 2017: Tim Shaver, "Modeling Mutant p53 Gain of Function in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer"

May 2, 2017:  Exiting officers/BSA elections/End-of-year party with barbecue, sides, plenty of beverages, and vegetarian offerings.
Time: 4:00pm
Location: 6th floor Light Hall break room