Molecular Life Sciences Seminar Schedule

Autumn 2018

MLS Seminars are at 4:00 pm in 170 Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute, 473 W. 12th Ave., unless noted.

Autumn 2018 MLS Seminar Schedule


There is no MLS Seminar on November 20 , 2018.

August 28, 2018
Special Time 4:30 pm
Osamu Nureki
The University of Tokyo
Molecular mechanism of CRISPR-Cas and structure-guided development of genome editing tools towards medical application

Host: Kotaro Nakanishi, 

September 4, 2018
Philip Low
Purdue University
Targeted imaging and therapeutic agents for cancer, autoimmune and infectious diseases
Host: Thomas Magliery,
September 11, 2018
Dinshaw Patel
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Structural Biology of CRISPR-Cas Surveillance Systems and their Anti-CRISPR Complexes
Host: Kotaro Nakanishi,

September 18, 2018
Polina Lishko
University of California, Berkeley
Ion channels on steroids: the molecular mechanism of the unconventional endocannabinoid signaling
Host: Sharon Amacher,
September 25, 2018
Arpita Upadhyaya
University of Maryland
Cytoskeletal dynamics and mechanosensing in immune cells
Host: Adriana Dawes,
October 2, 2018
Michael Emerman
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Evolution and function of HIV restriction factors
Host: Shan-Lu Liu,
October 9, 2018
Brandt Eichman
Vanderbilt University
New DNA repair mechanisms revealed from bacterial resistance to genotoxic natural products
Host: Jane Jackman,
October 16, 2018
Yong Xiong
Yale University 
HIV capsid pattern sensing by the host cell
Host: Li Wu,
October 23, 2018
Roy Parker
University of Colorado, Boulder
RNP granules in health and disease
Host: OSBP Students
October 30, 2018
John Kuriyan
University of California, Berkeley
Understanding the mutational sensitivity of the Ras oncogene by high-throughput methods
Host: OSBP Students
November 6, 2018
Elizabeth Nolan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Metals and Immunity: Exlporations of Calprotectin
Host: James Cowan,
November 13, 2018
Host: TBD
November 20, 2018
No seminar (Thanksgiving Week)
November 27, 2018
Robb Krumlauf
Stowers Institute
Hox genes: Regulating the balance between pluripotency and differentiation
Host: MCDB Students
Special Seminar
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Saxby Auditorium, Drinko Hall
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Knatokie Ford
Fly Sci Enterprise
Imposter Syndrome and How You Can Overcome It
Hosts: SACNAS Chapter, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Life,
College of Engineering, Ohio State ADVANCE, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
Molecular Life Sciences Seminar, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs,
College of Education and Human Ecology
December 4, 2018
Michael Merzenich
University of California, San Francisco
The Brain Plasticity Revolution
Host: Kevin McGarry, (OSBP student)
Save the Date!
May 21, 2019
Life Sciences IGP Annual Symposium

The Ohio Union

The MLS series is the joint seminar series of OSBP and MCDB. Travel arrangements for MLS seminar are by Franci Brink (614 292-1463) and Lauren Pasquale (614 292-2804), who can both be reached at Schedules are coordinated by the host.  Contact the chair of the MLS Seminar Committee, Harold Fisk (, with speaker suggestions and policy questions.  Speaker nominations of Nobel laureates, NAS members, and HHMI investigators are typically granted without further documentation.  Nominations of other speakers doing cutting edge research of broad appeal should include a short justification and CV or similar website link.  We strongly encourage nominations of emerging young investigators, women, and under-represented minorities. We also encourage nominations from MCDB and OSBP graduate students.