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12:00 – 1:00 PM, 214 Light Hall


January 6: Christine A. Curcio, University of Alabama at Birmingham, “Why localizing and identifying lipids is key to abating vision loss in age related macular degeneration”

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

February 17: Amy Lee, Harvard, “Mechanisms of specialized translational control of gene expression”

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

March 31: John Christodoulou, University College London, “Protein Folding on the Ribosome”

April 7: Johannes Walter, Harvard Medical School, HHMI, “Discovering Mechanism with AlphaFold – A Case Study from Vertebrate DNA Replication”

April 21: Tanya Paull, University of Texas at Austin, “R-loops, protein dysfunction, and human disease”

May 5: BCHM Award Winners, Alex Blee & Tyler Hansen

May 19 at 11:00 amJeannette Tenthorey, University of California at San Francisco, “The host strikes back: strategies for evolutionary warfare with viruses”


Dissertation Defense

January 5: Lee Cantrell (Schey lab), “Data-Independent Acquisition Mass Spectrometry Measurement of Protein Networks in the Aging Human Lens and Lens Influx Pathways,” 10:00 am, 512 Light Hall

January 19: Monica Bomber (Hiebert lab), “The role of human SMARCA5 in chromatin
structure and function,” 1:00 pm, 208 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)


Winter-Spring 2023  12:00 PM CT
27-Jan: Vincent Yao, Jenny Tran, 214 Light Hall (sandwiches and salads will be served at 11:45)
10-Feb: Jessica Taylor
24-Feb: Nicky Eleuteri, Menghan Mei, 214 Light Hall
10-Mar: Kathryn Brewer, 214 Light Hall, “Using CETSA to explore molecular mechanisms of Long QT Syndrome in the KCNQ1 potassium channel”
24-Mar: Kaitlyn Browning, 214 Light Hall
31-Mar: Lilia Merbouche, Emma Vontalge, 214 Light Hall
14-Apr: Sara Conwell, 214 Light Hall
28-Apr: Sam Lisy or Post-Doctoral Presentations, 214 Light Hall
12-May: TBA
26-May: TBA