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Seminars by faculty at UNC and from other institutions are held each Friday during the semester.

~~~ 2020/2021 GMB Friday Seminar Series ~~~

unless otherwise noted, seminars are on Zoom at 12 pm

August 14, 2020

Fall 2020 Friday Seminars Begin

Host: ()

October 2, 2020

Modeling Microbial Time Series
Sayan Mukherjee, PhD (website)

Departments of Statistical Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
Duke University

Host: UNC Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Students (email)

October 9, 2020

Spatial Transcriptomics Analysis
Guo-Cheng Yuan, PhD (website)

Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics
Harvard University

Host: Yun Li (email)

October 30, 2020

Implications of Genetic Ancestry on Biological Determinants of Cancer Disparities, A Systems Biology Approach
Melissa Boneta Davis, PhD (website)

Assistant Professor
Cell and Developmental Biology Research in Surgery
Cornell University

Host: Katie Hoadley (email)

November 6, 2020

Going in circles gets you somewhere – signaling mechanisms that coordinate cell movements for collective migration
Sally Horne-Badovinac, PhD (website)

Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology
The University of Chicago

Host: Amy Shaub Maddox (email)

November 13, 2020

Alterations in RNA Splicing in the Pathogenesis and Therapy of Cancer
Omar Abdel-Wahab, PhD (website)

Associate Member in Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program (HOPP)
Associate Attending Physician on the Leukemia Service in the Department of Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Host: Genetics and Molecular Biology Students (email)

November 20, 2020

Single-cell trajectories to study specification and differentiation
Jeff Farrell, PhD (website)

Earl Stadtman Investigator Lab Head
Unit on Cell Specification and Differentiation

Host: Bob Duronio (email)

January 8, 2021

Characterizing the effect of genetic variants within promoters with distal enhancer functions
Alejandra Medina-Rivera, PhD (website)

Research Associate
International Laboratory for Human Genome Research
National University of Mexico

Host: Samir Kelada (email)

January 15, 2021

Mitochondria and Cancer
Marcia Haigis, PhD (website)

Department of Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School

Host: Genetics and Molecular Biology Students (email)

January 22, 2021

Trajectories of plasticity in development and cancer
Dana Pe’er, PhD (website)

Chair, Computational and Systems Biology Program, SKI;
Scientific Director, Metastasis & Tumor Ecosystems Center
Sloan Kettering Institute

Host: Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta (email)

January 29, 2021

Identifying transcription factor binding using open chromatin, transcriptome, and methylation data
Michael Hoffman, PhD (website)

Senior Scientist,
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Associate Professor,
Departments of Medical Biophysics and Computer Science
University of Toronto

Host: UNC Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Students (email)

February 5, 2021

Decoding the DNA blueprints of human and microbiome molecular functionality
Yana Bromberg, PhD (website)

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Rutgers University
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Host: Alain Laederach (email)

March 5, 2021

The HiDef world of 3D genome organization: That time I put on glasses
Jordan Rowley, PhD (website)

Assistant Professor
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Host: Doug Phanstiel (email)

March 12, 2021

Modeling immune cell activation across scales
Stacey Finley, PhD (website)

Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair;
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences
University of Southern California

Host: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Students (email)

March 19, 2021

Genomics of Rapid Adaptation
Dmitri Petrov, PhD (website)

Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences
Department of Biology
Stanford University

Host: Dan Schrider (email)

March 26, 2021

Enhancer sequences and gene regulation in the mammalian brain
TO BE RESCHEDULED: Alex Nord, PhD (website)

Associate Professor
Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Center for Neuroscience
Genome Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine
University of California, Davis

Host: Hyejung Won (email)

April 2, 2021

UNC Spring Holiday – No Friday Seminar

The G&MB Friday Seminar Series will host no talk on Friday, April 2, 2021.

This is a UNC Holiday.

Classes are cancelled.
Offices are closed.

Host: Not Applicable ()

April 16, 2021

Computational Biology In Pharma: A Microbiome Research Overview & Open Career Discussion
Geoffrey Hannigan, PhD

Principal Scientist
Computational Biology
Merck Exploratory Science Center

Host: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Students (email)

April 23, 2021

Computational Microscopy of SARS-CoV-2
Rommie Amaro, PhD (website)

Professor and Endowed Chair of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, San Diego

Host: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Students (email)

April 30, 2021

Applying Bioinformatics in Modern Era of Precision Medicine: From Single Cells to Population-Scale Data
Victor Weigman, PhD (website)

Translational Genomics

Host: Will Valdar and Tim Elston (email)