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Student Biochemical Society Seminars

The Student Biochemical Society organises guest letures throughout the academic year.

2016/17 Timetable


Thursday 13 April
1pm in the Stanley Quek (Level -1 TBSI)

Prof. Michael Karin, Department of Pharmacology, University of California, San Diego
Title: "Genetic, inflammatory and immune drivers of liver cancer."

Dr. Karin received his BSc in Biology at Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel and his PhD in Molecular Biology, at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prof. Karin is now a Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Pathology at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, where has been on the faculty since 1986. He was a cofounder of Signal Pharmaceutical (currently Celgene) and served as a member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Health Sciences. He has been an American Cancer Society Research Professor since 1999. Prof. Karin was elected as a member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2005, the Institute of Medicine in 2011 and as an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Association in 2007. Much of Professor Karins current activity is focused on understanding the link between inflammation, cancer and metabolic disease as well as on understanding the signalling mechanisms used by receptors involved in inflammation and innate immunity. In addition to establishing molecular links between obesity, inflammation and cancer, this work has revealed new targets for cancer prevention and therapy.

Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the foyer outside the lecture hall


Tuesday 11 April
1pm in Stanley Quek (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Ailis O'Carroll, School of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney
Title: "Understanding Immunity through Single Molecule Science."
(Tea, coffee and biscuits served from 12.45pm on the 5th floor balcony)

Thursday 6 April
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Joachim Lupberger, Institute of Viral and Liver Disease, University of Strasbourg, France
Title: "The role of virus-associated signal transduction in viral hepatitis and liver pathogenesis."
(Tea, coffee and biscuits served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 9 March
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Colin Adrain, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
Title: "Control of inflammation and metabolism by iRhom pseudoproteases"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 23 February
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Prof. Minnie Sarwal, Division of Transplant Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
Title: "Cystinosis and the kidney: the plot thickens"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 2 February
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr David Hay, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh
Title: "Developing Predictive Hepatocyte Models from Pluripotent Stem Cells"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 26 January
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Ana Tomasovic, University of Frankfurt Medical School, Germany
Title: "The Sestrin2/Pdgfrb suppressor pathway in the pathogenesis of COPD"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 19 January
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Svetlana Dokudovskaya, Gustave Roussy Institute of Oncolocy, France
Title: "Regulation of the TORC1 pathway"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm on the 5th floor balcony)

Thursday 15 December
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Andrew Hogan, School of Medicine, UCD
Title: "'Immune dysregulation in childhood obesity - driving future disease?"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 8 December
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Anna Sablina, Vlaams Institute of Biotech, Belgium
Title: "The ubiquitin system in RAS driven disease"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 24 November
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr Denise Fitzgerald, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
Title: "Emerging Regenerative Functions of Regulatory T cells in the CNS; more than just inflammatory brakes!"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)


INAUGURAL LECTURE

Wednesday 23 November 5-6pm in the Tercentenary Hall (Level 2)

Professor Dario Alessi, MCR Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee
Title: "Disruption on the highways of cell signalling"

Professor Dario Alessi received his PhD for work on the synthesis and use of spin-labelled ATP analogues to study muscle contraction. Dario then moved to the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit in Dundee University where he became fascinated by protein kinases and how they control almost all aspects of cell biology. Dario has since assumed the Directorship of the Unit in 2012. A key focus of his current research is to understand the regulation and physiological roles of poorly understood protein kinases and components of the ubiquitylation system that are implicated in human disease. Dario is very keen to exploit findings emerging from his studies to develop novel treatments for disease. In March 2010 Dario Alessi was ranked as 16th most cited biochemist worldwide.

The talk will be followed by a wine reception in the Knowledge Exchange


Thursday 17 November
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Professor Joanna McGouran, School of Chemistry, TCD
Title: "Chemical Proteomics: Protein Modification to Unravel Biological Function"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 3 November
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Professor Stephen Griffin, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, UK
Title: "Causative and curative viruses in hepatocellular cancer"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Friday 28 October
1pm in the Stanley Quek (Level -1 TBSI)
Dr. Alexey Ruzov, Wolfson Centre for Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering & Modelling (STEM), University of Nottingham, UK
Title: "Oxidised forms of 5-methylcytosine and demethylation by DNA repair in cellular differentiation?"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the foyer outside the lecture hall)

Thursday 27 October
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr. José Miguel Lizcano, Institute of Neuroscience, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Title: "Killing cancer softly with autophagy: Akt/mTORC1 axis inhibition by TRIB3 pseudokinase configures a new and druggable antitumoral pathway”
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Friday 21 October
1pm in the Stanley Quek (Level -1 TBSI)
Dr. Volker Gerdts, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization - International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Title: "Do we need new vaccines for whooping cough?"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the foyer outside the lecture hall)

Thursday 20 October
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Professor Costanza Emanueli, Bristol Heart Institute, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Title: "Extracellular vesicles at the cross-line between basic science and clinical translation”
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)

Thursday 29 September
1pm in the Stanley Quek (Level -1 TBSI)
Dr. Suzanne Cloonan, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, New York
Title: "The role of mitochondrial DAMPs in driving lung inflammation and injury"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the foyer outside the lecture hall)

Tuesday 27 September
1pm in FRED (Level 5 TBSI)
Dr. Jonathan Powell, John Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore
Title: "Targeting metabolism as a means of enhancing immunotherapy for cancer"
(Tea, coffee and sandwiches served from 12.45pm in the 6th floor seminar room)


Last updated 12 April 2017 bbutler@tcd.ie (Email).