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12:00 – 1:00 PM, 214 Light Hall


August 5: Alexandria Oviatt (Osheroff lab), Madison Adolph (Cortez lab), Pratibha Ghodke (Guengerich lab), Vanderbilt University

September 16:  Susan Lovett, Brandeis University, “A Genetic Approach to Replication Fork Repair in E. coli

October 7: Trudy Oliver, Duke University, “MYC Drives Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) Subtype Plasticity”

October 21: Lawrence J. Marnett, Vanderbilt University, The Richard Armstrong Mentoring Lecture, “Passing It On: Lessons from a Career in Research and Training”

November 4: Wade Van Horn, Arizona State University, “Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of the hot-sensing TRPV1 ion channel and their impacts on drug discovery and disparities in health outcomes”

November 8: Light Hall 618 Coffee and Conversation with Dr. Ascano, DGS all BSA members are welcome. 10 am

November 18: Nima Mosammaparast, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

December 2:  Ori Avinoam, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, “Exocytosis by membrane crumpling maintains homeostasis during exocrine secretion”


January 6: Christine A. Curcio, University of Alabama at Birmingham

January 20: Cigall Kadoch, Harvard “The Richard Armstrong Lecture”

February 17: Amy Lee, Harvard

March 9 THURSDAY, 4PM: Yifan Cheng, UCSF “The Flexner Discovery Lecture”

April 7: Johannes Walter, Harvard

April 21: Tanya Paull, University of Texas

May 5: Linlin Zhao, UC Riverside

Dissertation Defense

July 20: Romell Gletten (Schey lab), “Aquaporin-5 expression, trafficking, and interacting partners in the bovine lens,” 1:00 am, 1220 MRB III

October 5: Tamar Kavlashvili (Dewar lab), “Replication Fork Uncoupling Causes Nascent Strand Degradation and Fork Reversal,” 11:00 am, 206 PRB

October 25: Taha Mohammed (Cortez lab), “RADX protein interactions regulate replication fork stability,” 4:00 pm, 202 Light Hall

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). View a full listing of all Vanderbilt Flexner Discovery Lectures, past and present. Lectures are recorded and may be viewed online.

March 9, 2023: Yifan Cheng, UCSF, The Flexner Discovery Lecture, live stream (Ren hosts)


Fall 2022  12:00 PM CT

14-Oct: Juan Carvajal-Garcia (Merrikh lab), “Oxidative stress drives evolution of antibiotic resistance through transcription coupled repair”   214 Light Hall
28-Oct: Ronan Bracken (Brown lab) and Yelena Perevalova Ascano lab), 512 Light Hall
9-Dec: Lindsey Guerin, 214 Light Hall

Winter-Spring 2023  12:00 PM CT
27-Jan: Vincent Yao, Jenny Tran, Room TBD
10-Feb: Jessica Taylor, Room TBD
24-Feb: Nicky Eleuteri, Sarah Zelle, Room TBD
10-Mar: Kathryn Brewer, Room TBD
24-Mar: Kaitlyn Browning, Room TBD
31-Mar: Lilia Merbouche, Emma Vontalge, Room TBD
14-Apr: Sara Conwell, Anna Johnson, Room TBD
28-Apr: Post-Doctoral Presentations, Room TBD