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Friday Seminar Series

Sonja Plasil

Graduate Student
in the Homanics Lab

Ethanol-responsive IncRNA TX2

&

Andreea Bostan, PhD

Postdoc
in the Strick Lab

Functional neuroanatomy of cortico-basal ganglia circuits in non-human primates

Friday, October 11
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Previous Events

Postdoctoral Candidate Seminar

Zahra Ghasemahmad

Department of Neuroscience
Kent State University, School of Biomedical Sciences

Emotional Vocalizations: Behavioral and Neurochemical Responses in Mice

Friday, September 27
10:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Friday Seminar Series

Cody Wolfe

Graduate Student
in the Koldamova-Lefterov Lab

Impact of Trem2 deficiency on the onset and growth kinetics of amyloid plaques in human APOE3 AND APOE4 expressing APP/PS1 mice

&

Amanda Gleixner, PhD

Postdoc
in the Donnelly Lab

Consequences of altered nuclear pore complex proteins in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Friday, September 27
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Maryanna Owoc

Graduate Student
in the Kandler Lab

A Cell-based Approach for Increasing Central Auditory Inhibition

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Kristen Smith-Edwards, PhD

Postdoc
in the Davis Lab

Mapping Intrinsic Enteric and Extrinsic Autonomic Circuits that Coordinate Colon Function

Friday, September 13
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Brue Nmezi, PhD

Postdoc
in the Padiath Lab

The Role of Lamin B1 in Myelin Regulation, Development and Disease

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David Bortz, PhD

Postdoc
in the Grace Lab

The Medial Septum Enhances Reversal Learning via Opposing Actions on Ventral Tegmental Area and Substantia Nigra Dopamine Neurons

Friday, August 23
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Kristine Ojala

Graduate Student
in the Meriney Lab

When Gene Therapy isn't Enough: Treating Neuromuscular Weakness Caused by Spinal Muscular Atrophy

&

Ross Williamson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology

What Goes Up Must Come Down: Sensory Information Flow in the Auditory Corticofugal System

Friday, August 9
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Darius Becker-Krail

Graduate Student
in the McClung Lab

Astrocyte Molecular Clock Function in the Nucleus Accumbens is Important for Reward-Related Behavior

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Yusuke Sekine, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Molecular Links Between Acetyl-CoA Metabolism, Nucleolar Phase Separation and Stress Responses

Friday, May 10
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Charlie Otte

Physician Scientist Training Program Student
in the Pandey and Donnelly Lab

Optogenetic Induction of TDP-43 Proteinopathy in Drosophila

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Shiori Sekine, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Tug of War Between Mitochondrial Import Machineries and Proteases Regulates PINK1 Activity

Friday, April 12
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Communication Science and Disorders Presents

Aravind Parthasarathy, PhD

Instructor
Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard School of Medicine
Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary
Boston Massachusetts

Age-Related Changes in Auditory Temporal Processing: Peripheral Declines and Central Effects

Monday, April 15, 2019
11:30-12:50 pm
Forbes Tower Room 4060

 

Friday Seminar Series

Charlie Otte

Physician Scientist Training Program Student
in the Pandey and Donnelly Lab

Optogenetic Induction of TDP-43 Proteinopathy in Drosophila

&

Shiori Sekine, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

Tug of War Between Mitochondrial Import Machineries and Proteases Regulates PINK1 Activity

Friday, April 12
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Communication Science and Disorders Presents

Viji Easwar, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Intervention Outcomes in Children with Hearing Loss: A Neural Outlook

Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:30-12:50 pm
Forbes Tower Room 4060

 

Communication Science and Disorders Presents

Erika Skoe, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences
University of Connecticut

Mechanistic Insights into the Human Auditory System from Studying Musicians

Thursday, March 21,2019
11:30-12:50 pm
Forbes Tower Room 4060

 

Friday Seminar Series

Aditi U. Gurkar, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine

DNA Damage and Aging: It’s All About REACTION

&

Nicholas Fitz, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health

APOE Isoform Specific Effects on Amyloid-β Induced Changes in Microglial Response

Friday, March 8
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Maria Ly

Medical Scientist Training Program Student
in the Aizenstein Lab

Machine Learning-Based Brain Age Prediction & Potential Applications

&

Martha Canto-Bustos, PhD Cancelled

Friday, January 25
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the first talk

 

Friday Seminar Series

Anthony J. Schulien

Physician Scientist Training Program Student in the
Aizenman Lab

Targeting Kv2.1 Potassium Channel Cluster Dispersal as a Neuroprotective Strategy in the Context of Acute Cerebral Ischemia

&

Mark T. Curtis

Graduate Student
in the Salisbury Lab

Does Structure Inform Functioning? Relating Structural Deficits to Abnormal Functioning in First-Episode Schizophrenia

Friday, December 14
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

The PHRC is pleased to announce the recruitment of Dr. Ross Williamson.

Ross Williamson, PhD, recently accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Otolaryngology and the PHRC. Dr. Williamson earned his PhD in Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning at the University College London and is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Harvard Medical School under the supervision of Daniel Polley, PhD.

Using the mouse auditory system, cutting-edge computational auditory neuroscience methods, and statistical neural data analysis, Dr. Williamson investigates the interactions between the neocortex and its various axonal targets, and their role in sound perception.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ross Williamson to the PHRC!

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Michele N. Insanally, PhD

Department of Otolaryngology
New York University School of Medicine

Neural Coding Principles and Technologies for Translational Auditory Neuroscience

Wednesday, December 5
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Friday Seminar Series

Starr Welty

Graduate Student in the
Lan Lab

Oxidative Damage & Selective Neuronal Vulnerability in Alzheimer's Disease

&

Issam Al Diri, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Ophthalmology

Chromatin Topology During Retinal Development

Friday, November 9
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Seminar

Susan E. Shore, PhD

Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
University of Michigan

Harnessing Brain Stem Multisensory Plasticity to Treat Tinnitus

Wednesday, November 7
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Friday Seminar Series

Joshua M. Lorenz-Guertin

Graduate Student in the
Jacob Lab

Diazepam Accelerates GABAAR Synaptic Exchange and Alters Intracellular Trafficking

&

Stylianos Kouvaros, PhD

Postdoc in the
Tzounopoulos Lab

A Novel Modulator of Cortical Inhibition

Friday, October 12
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Seminar

Matthew A. Xu-Friedman, PhD

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Buffalo

Synaptic and Intrinsic Adaptions for Enhancing Reliability in an Auditory Relay

Wednesday, October 10
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Friday Seminar Series

Becca Krall

Graduate Student in the
Tzounopoulos and Aizenman Lab

The ZnT1 Zinc Transporter Regulates Zinc Inhibition of NMDA Receptors

&

Chengcheng Huang, PhD

Postdoc in the
Doiron Lab

Circuit Models of Low Dimensional Shared Variability in Cortical Networks

Friday, September 28
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Brikha R. Shrestha, PhD

Department of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School

Diversity Through Activity: Molecular Bases and Emergence of Neuronal Heterogeneity in the Auditory Periphery

Wednesday, September 26
10:30 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Friday Seminar Series

Susan Sonnenschein

Graduate Student in the
Grace Lab

Group II Metabotropic Glutamate Receptor Regulation of Dopamine Neuron Activity: Investigating Developmental Implications in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia

&

Matthew Phillips

Graduate Student in the
Johnson Lab

Effects of Intracellular Calcium on NMDA Receptor Inhibition by Channel Blockers

Friday, August 10
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Matthew T. Rich

Graduate Student in the
Torregrossa Lab

Thalamo-Amygdala Neuroplastic Changes Underlie Cocaine-Cue Memory Associations

&

Emily M. Parker

Graduate Student in the
Sweet Lab

The b Subunit of Voltage-gated Ca2+ Channels and Dendritic Spine Morphology Over Normal and Pathological Development

Friday, July 13
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Matthew J. Boring

Graduate Student in the
Ghuman Lab

Interdigitation of Word and Face Selectivity in the Ventral Visual Stream

&

Lyndsay L. Leach, PhD

Postdoc in the
Gross Lab

Elucidating the Mechanisms Underlying Zebrafish Retinal Pigment Epithelium Regeneration

Friday, June 8
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Provost's Inaugural Lecture

Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD

Endowed Chair in Auditory Physiology
School of Medicine

Understanding and Treating Tinnitus: From Ion Channels to Precision Medicine

Thursday, May 31, 2018
4:00 pm
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 6

Reception to follow

 

Friday Seminar Series

Sarah Najjar

Graduate Student in the
Albers Lab

Optogenetic Investigation of Sensory Signaling in the Gut

&

Junshi Wang, PhD

Postdoc in the
Dong Lab

Cascades of Homeostatic Dysregulation Promote Incubation of Cocaine Craving

Friday, May 4
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

Friday Seminar Series

Briana De Miranda, PhD

Postdoc in the
Greenamyre Lab

Mitochondrial Toxicants and LRRK2; a New Gene-environment Interaction for Parkinson’s Disease

&

Samantha Skobel

Graduate Student in the
Rubio Lab

Sex-Dependent AMPAR Subunit Expression and Noise Sensitivity in the Cochlea

Friday, April 6
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Meghan Bucher

Graduate Student in the
Hastings Lab

Viral-Mediated Dysregulation of Vesicular Monoamine Packaging is Toxic to Dopaminergic Neurons

&

Jane E. Hartung, PhD

Postdoc in the
Gold Lab

Sex, Stress, and Headache

Friday, March 23
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Melanie Grubisha

Postdoc in the
Sweet Lab

Impaired Dendritic Morphogenesis in Schizophrenia: Role of the p75/NGR/KAL9 Pathway

&

Yang Yeh

Graduate Student in the
Aizenman Lab

Targeting Kv2.1 for Neuroprotection

Friday, March 9
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Friday Seminar Series

Lily Francis

Graduate Student in the
Chu Lab

Neuropathology of POLG-Related Mitochondrial Diseases in Patient iPSC-Derived Neurons

&

Sanjeev Khanna

Graduate Student in the
Smith Lab

Spatial and Temporal Receptive Field Structure in Prefrontal Cortex

Friday, February 23
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Todd Mowery, PhD

Center for Neural Science
New York University

The Effects of Transient Hearing Loss on the Development of the Auditory Corticostriatal Circuit

Wednesday, February 21
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Friday Seminar Series

Jake Wright

Graduate Student in the
Dong Lab

Silent Synapses Underlie the Reconsolidation of Cocaine-associated Memories

&

Jay Couey, PhD

Research Assistant Professor in the
Hook Lab

Subcellular Mapping of Synaptic Inputs to Motor Cortex Inhibitory Neurons.

Friday, February 9
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Daniel Stolzberg, PhD

Center for Neural Science
New York University

Role of Auditory Cortex in an Animal Model of Tinnitus

Wednesday, February 7
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Friday Seminar Series

Jacob Mann

Graduate Student in the
Donnelly Lab

Optogenetic Induction of Neurodegenerative Proteinopathies

&

Hannah Bos, PhD

Postdoc in the
Doiron Lab

Dissecting Stability and Gain Modulation in Interneuron Circuits

Friday, January 26
4:00 pm
Biomedical Science Tower 3, Conference Room 6014

Happy Hour will follow the talks

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Tejbeer Kaur, PhD

Department of Otolaryngology
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine

Hearing Loss and Inflammation: Neuroprotective Mechanisms

Wednesday, January 24
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Seminar

Nace L. Golding, PhD

Professor
Department of Neuroscience
University of Texas at Austin

Beyond Jeffress: New Insights into the Sound Localization Circuitry in the Medial Superior Olive

Friday, January 19
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Seminar

Maria Geffen, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology
University of Pennsylvania

Cortical Circuits for Auditory Perception and Learning

Wednesday, January 17
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Ross Williamson, PhD

Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Harvard Medical School

Synergistic Processing of Stimulus- and State-dependent Features in Deep Layer Cortical Projection Neurons

Wednesday, January 10
11:00 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Melissa Caras, PhD

Center for Neural Science
New York University

Practice and Improvement: Cortical Mechanisms of Perceptual Learning

Wednesday, December 6
10:30 am
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520

 

Faculty Candidate Seminar

Jennifer Resnik, PhD

Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Harvard Medical School

Tracking Cortical Excitatory and Inhibitory Dynamics after Sensory Loss

Wednesday, November 29
1:00 pm
Eye and Ear Institute, 5th Floor, Boardroom 520