Spring 2014 Tuesday Mini-Series

Weekly research in progress informal seminar presentations from current Neurobiology Curriculum PhD students that represent the breadth of the Curriculum


Jan. 16


Ayumi Nakamura, Deshmukh Lab & Josh Jennings, Stuber Lab

"A Primitive Worm-like Apoptotic Pathway in the Developing Mammalian Brain" (Nakamura)

“The Inhibitory Circuit Architecture of the Lateral Hypothalamus Orchestrates Feeding” (Jennings)

Jan. 21 Amanda Lyall, Gilmore Lab & Ryan Annis, Deshmukh Lab

"Trajectories of Early Cortical Development in Healthy and At-Risk Children“ (Lyall)

“Putting on the Brakes: How Neurons Restrict Apoptosis During Neuronal Maturation” (Annis)

Jan. 28 Amelia Bachleda, Pevny Lab & Bomi Oladosu, Nackley Lab

"Müller glia and Sox2: Growing Pains" (Bachleda)

 “Elucidating the Role of MOR-1K in Opioid-induced Hyperalgesia” (Nackley)

Feb. 4 Colleen Lonergan, Crews Lab & Heather Decot, Stuber Lab

"NIAAA Ethanol Liver Damage Model Results in Changes of Innate Immune Gene Expression in Brain, Cerebellum, Gut, and Liver" (Lonergan)

"Optogenetic Manipulation of VTA dopaminergic Neurons and Global Patterns of Functional Neural Connectivity" (Decot)

Feb. 18 Alice Stamatakis, Stuber Lab “Reciprocal Connectivity Between the VTA and Lateral Habenula Promotes Reward and Aversion”
Feb. 25 Kristin Sellers, Frohlich Lab

"Cortical Oscillations Exhibit State-Dependent Modulation by Cortical Area and Laminar Profile"

Mar. 4 Chris Mazzone, Kash Lab "Chemical Genetic Modulation of Distinct Populations of Neurons in the Extended Amygdala Differentially Alter Anxiety and Fear"
Mar. 11 Leah Townsend, Smith Lab "The Development of Higher Visual Area Circuitry in Mouse Models of Autism Spectrum Disorders"
Mar. 25 Sierra Stringfield, Robinson Lab 

"Glucocorticoid Receptor Modulation of Drug Context-induced Cocaine-seeking Behavior"

Apr. 1 Kenton Woodard, Samulski Lab & Katharine Liang, Samulski Lab "Looking for Viral Variants for Retinal Gene Therapy" (Woodard)

"AAV-mediated Gene Therapy in a Mouse Model of Oxidative Stress-induced Liver Disease" (Liang)

Apr. 15 Sarah Sinnett, Brenman Lab "Identification of Novel Molecules that Bind and Regulate AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK)"
Apr. 22 Elizabeth Andersen, Belger Lab & Lucy Kotlyanskaya, Giniger Lab

"Electrophysiological Correlates of Attentional and Affective Processing Disparities in Schizophrenia Patients and First-Degree Relatives." (Andersen)

"Disabled Regulation of Abelson Kinase Activity and Localization in Drosophila Cells" (Kotlyanskaya)

Apr. 29 Janet Berrios, Philpot Lab "Elucidating the Role of Ube3a in Midbrain Dopamine Circuitry" 
May 6 Career Lunch: Aaron C. Gerlach, PhD, Pfizer (host, Mark Zylka) “Deciding on Whether a Career in Pharmaceutical Industry is Right for You”
May 13 Bruce Trapp, PhD, Cleveland Clinic (host, Glenn Matsushima)  "Microglia and Neuroprotection in the Adult Brain"
May 20 OPEN
May 27 Mariko Weber, Belger Lab

"Investigating Neural Markers of PTSD and TBI in Veterans: An fMRI Study Characterizing Neural Networks Underlying Affective and Executive Processing Deficits"

June 3

12 PM


“Alternative Careers Talks”
Lorraine Cramer (Lecturer UNC)
Chris Moore (Chief Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline)
Cohost with Micro/Immuno

June 10

12 PM


“Alternative Careers Talks”
William Janzen (Professor & Director, UNC)
Corinne Williams (Editor, Journal of Clinical Investigation JCI) 
Cohost with Micro/Immuno