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

                          2016 - 2017 SEMINARS

September 16, 2016
Yoana Dimitrova, Harvard University/HHMI
"Structure and Regulation of MIND-Mediated Kinetochore Assembly"

October 21, 2016
Melanie Ohi, Vanderbilt University
"The structural and functional analysis of dynamic cellular machines"

October 28, 2016
William DeGrado, UCSF
“Analysis, Design and Pharmaceutical Inhibition of Proton Transporters”

November 4, 2016
Rachel Klevit, University of Washington
“How to ubiquitylate a protein: what studies on BRCA1 taught us about Parkin”

November 11, 2016
Ron Emeson, Vanderbilt University Brain Institute
“Regulation and function of RNA editing in the nervous system”

December 2, 2016
Peter Wright, The Scripps Research Institute
"Role of intrinsically disordered proteins in cellular signaling and regulatory networks”

December 9, 2016
Stephen Blacklow, Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard
"Unraveling Notch Signal Transduction"

December 16, 2016
James Berger, Johns Hopkins University
"The seemingly unending complexity of nucleic-acid dependent AAA+ ATPases: some assembly required (instructions not included)"

February 3, 2017
Susan Wallace, University of Vermont
"Hide and seek: How do DNA glycosylases locate oxidatively damaged DNA bases amidst a sea of undamaged bases?"

February 10, 2017  208 Light Hall
Jeffrey Kieft, Colorado School of Medicine, “Structured viral RNAs and the ancient art of molecular warfare”

February 17, 2017
Jonathan Weissman, UCSF/HHMI, "Controlling the volume of gene expression with CRISPRi and CRISPRa"

​February 24, 2017: Armstrong Lecture
Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Enzyme Catalysis through the Lens of Theory”

​March 3, 2017
James Bowie, UCLA
"Single Molecule Folding Studies of Complex Membrane Proteins"

​March 17, 2017:  Cohen Lecture
Paul Modrich, Duke, Nobel Prize Winner, "Mechanisms in human DNA mismatch repair"

April 7, 2017
Jere Palmer Segrest, VUMC Cardiovascular Medicine, "A Brief History of HDL: Have we learned anything substantial?"

May 5, 2017
John Karijolich, Vaderbilt University, "Viral Induction and Co-option of Retrotransposon-Derived Noncoding RNAs"


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