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Thursday, March 1, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Beneath the Surface: The Development and Cultural Impact of Radiology
Description: Join us for an exploration of the history of radiology, including the development of the X-ray, the pioneering “radiology martyrs,” and radiology’s pervasive influence on visual culture.
More information, including our speakers, can be found here: https://cms.www.countway.harvard.edu/wp/?p=5078
All are welcome! RSVP to the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library: contactchom@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2170.
Contact: Heather Cristiano
Friday, March 2, 2012
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Microbial symbioses: Marine bacteria and microalgae
Description: MSI Weekly Chalktalk. Please join us for coffee/tea and pastries at 8:30, followed by the chalktalk at 8:45AM.
Speaker: Mohammad Seyedsayamdost (HMS-BCMP)
Location: Harvard Center for the Environment (HUCE), 24 Oxford St, 3rd Floor, Room 310
Contact: Andrea Lenco
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Noon - 1:00 PM
Peptides, peptidases and peptidomics: New insights inter- and intracellular signaling
Description: Lloyd Fricker, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Seminar is at:Auditorium, Boston Biomedical Research Institute, 64 Grove St., Watertown, MA
Contact: Markus Hardt
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Iron Acquisition as Target for Uropathogenic E. coli
Description: Harry Mobley, University of Michigan Medical School
Hosted by Stephen Lory
Systems Biology Seminar Room, Warren Alpert Building, Room 563, Harvard Medical School
Contact: Jessica Conner
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Noon - 1:00 PM
Homeostasis in cluster of epithelial cell rest of Malassez maintain by putative epithelial stem cells
Description: Masaki Honda, DDS., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Nihon University School of Dentistry, Japan
Location: The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Rm. A, 245 First St., 17th Fl., Cambridge
Summary: The fragmented epithelial cells of the Hertwig's epithelial root sheath are retained in the periodontal ligament (PDL) where they persist in small clusters known as epithelial cell rest of Malassez (ERM). It is generally agreed that ERM is maintained as a quiescent and exclusively dental epithelial cluster in PDL, however, we speculate that homeostasis underlies the mechanism of maintaining the cluster. We also hypothesize that the fate of ERM clusters, diminishing or remaining, might be regulated via the presence or absence of epithelial stem cells in ERM clusters. In fact, ERM clusters in the PDL of mouse first molars gradually increased in size with age until postnatal day 270. Immunocytochemistry and cell culturing to examine the cellular activity of ERM cells revealed KI67-positive cells and ERM cells that had migrated from PDL, expanded by culturing. Apoptosis was also detected in ERM clusters by TUNEL staining. Finally, we identified putative epithelial stem cells in the ERM clusters using two strategies: BrdU pulse-chase experiments. These results ssugested that the clusters of ERM are maintaining via frequent cellular turnover in the PDL throughout life.
Contact: Pam Quattrocchi
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Linguistic and cognitive profiles in autism and the broad autism phenotype
Description: Molly Losh, Ph.D., Jane Steiner Hoffman and Michael Hoffman Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
Please RSVP to lmavros@mit.edu
Visit website for talk abstract: web.mit.edu/autism
The Simons Center for the Social Brain Colloquium Series is a continuation of the Simons Initiative on Autism and the Brain’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Colloquium Series at MIT (web.mit.edu/autism).
Contact: Lee Mavros Rushton
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Noon - 1:00 PM
A gene-to-molecule approach to discovering and characterizing small molecules from microbes
Description: Speaker: Michael Fischbach, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
Location: The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Room A, 245 First St., 17th Fl., Cambridge
Abstract: The discovery of natural products – small molecules from microbes often used as drugs – has been an ad hoc pursuit for almost a century. The rapidly growing database of microbial genome sequences offers new opportunities to leverage genomics and bioinformatics toward discovering natural products and characterizing their roles in mediating interspecies interactions. This lecture will describe three convergent, ongoing lines of research: our use of genomics and bioinformatics to identify biosynthetic genes and predict the structures of their small molecule products, our characterization of a new class of biosynthetic gene clusters that produce a set of heavily modified peptide antibiotics, and our efforts to identify and characterize small molecules produced by human-associated microbes.
Contact: Pam Quattrocchi
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Microbial Facebook: probing bacterial social networks
Description: MSI Monthly Thursday Seminar. Please join us for a wine and cheese reception at 5:30, followed by the seminar at 6:00PM. Speaker: Marvin Whiteley (University of Texas at Austin) Location: HUCE (Harvard Center for the Environment) at 24 Oxford St, 3rd Floor, Room 310
Contact: Andrea Lenco
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Chance and Necessity: Mechanisms and Evolutionary Dynamics of Burkholderia and Bordetella Pathogenesis
Description: Jeff F. Miller, University of California, Los Angeles
Hosted by John Mekalanos
Location: Warren Alpert Building Room 563, Harvard Medical School
Contact: Jessica Conner
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Urinary Tract Infection: Molecular Basis of Pathogenesis and Disease Outcomes
Description: Speaker: Scott Hultgren, Washington University
Warren Alpert Building Room 563, Harvard Medical School
Coffee and snacks served at 12:15 pm outside the room
Contact: Jessica Conner
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Weight Loss Interventions for Adults with Depression
Description: Department of Health Sciences
Research Seminar Series Presents: Weight Loss Interventions for Adults with Depression Sherry Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Room 300, Sargent College, Boston University, 635 Commonwealth Avenue
HOST: Dr. Linda Bandini Refreshments will be served For more information on Dr. Pagoto go to: UMASS Profile http://profiles.umassmed.edu/profiles/ProfileDetails.aspx?From=SE&Person=1013
Contact: Danka Charland
Thursday, March 22, 2012
5:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Women in Biotech Panel Discussion
Description: The Harvard Biotech Club & The DMS Biotech Pathway Presents Women in Biotech Panel Discussion
Fred S. Rosen Lecture Hall 100A, Modell Immunology Center, inside the Armenise building, Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Avenue, Boston
Keynote Speaker:
Daphne Zohar, Founder and Managing Partner, Puretech Ventures
Panelists:
Todd and Jill Milne (Founder, Ironwood & CEO, Catabasis)
Theresa Podrebarac (VP of Medical Research, Biogen Idec)
Jessica Flechtner (VP of Research, Genocea)
Moderator:
Mari Anne Snow, AWIS
Come and meet distinguished women leaders in the biotech industry and learn about their path to success, what they have learned, and how they have balanced their personal lives with their careers. Our stellar group of panelists includes a venture capitalist, biotech entrepreneurs, and executive leaders from biotech/pharma companies.
Men are invited and encouraged to attend!
A light dinner will be served.
This event is free for all Harvard students and Harvard/Harvard hospital affiliated postdoctoral fellows. For non-Harvard affiliated attendees, registration is $10 to be paid at the door.
To register – send an email to thebiotechclub.rsvp@gmail.com with ‘Women in Biotech’ in the subject line by March 18th.
Visit our website for more event information: www.thebiotechclub.org
Contact: Ketki Verkhedkar
Friday, March 23, 2012
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
From ants to whales: What´s a normal gut microbiome, and how did it come to be?
Description: Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) weekly chalktalk breakfast. Please join us for tea/coffee and pastries at 8:30, followed by the chalktalk at 8:45.
Speaker: Jon Sanders (FAS-OEB)
Location: HUCE Seminar Room (24 Oxford St, 3rd Floor, Room 310)
Contact: Andrea Lenco
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Regulation of T Cell Responses During Chronic Viral Infections
Description: E. John Wherry, University of Pennsylvania
Warren Alpert Building Room 563, Harvard Medical School
Coffee and snacks served at 12:15 pm outside the room
Hosted by Arlene Sharpe
Contact: Jessica Conner
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Seminars in Oncology: Genomics of Breast Cancer in Aromatase Inhibitor Response Prediction
Description: JEAN AND JEROME PEARLSTEIN LECTURE
Guest Speaker: Elaine Mardis, PhD, Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology, The Genome Institute at Washington University
Location: Jimmy Fund Auditorium (35 Binney Street), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Hosted by: Matthew Freedman, MD
Contact: Claudia Steele
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Noon - 1:00 PM
Porphyromonas gingivalis lipids: Relationship to Chronic Periodontitis
Description: Speaker: Frank C. Nichols, PhD, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
Location: The Forsyth Institute, Seminar Room A, 245 First Street, 17th Floor, Cambridge
Summary: This presentation will focus on bacterial virulence factors that are recovered in diseased periodontal tissues by comparing and contrasting the recovery of lipopolysaccharide versus complex lipids of Porphyromonas gingivalis in healthy or diseased tissue samples. Next, the classes of phosphorylated sphingolipids produced by Porphyromonas gingivalis that are recovered in diseased tissues will be discussed. The important biological responses of these lipids and their relevance to chronic periodontitis will be summarised. Biological responses will include proinflammatory, cell death and bone destructive effects of these lipids. Finally, the presentation will show the capacity of the lipids derived from P. gingivalis to engage Toll-like receptor 2 in mediating some of these responses.
Contact: Pam Quattrocchi
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Electric Face: A Role for Bioelectricity in Craniofacial Morphogenesis
Description: Tufts University Program in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Seminar Series
Guest Speaker: Laura Vandenberg, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Regenerative & Developmental Biology, Tufts University
Location: Stearns Auditorium, Tufts Medical Center, Farnsworth Building, 1st floor, 800 Washington Street, Boston
Contact: Sharon Belding
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology
Description: IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM
Location: Broad Institute Auditorium (MIT building NE-30)
Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology
J.J. Collins, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering and Center for BioDynamics, Boston University, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers and biologists to design and construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms. These re-engineered organisms are going to change our lives in the coming years, leading to cheaper drugs, "green" means to fuel our car and clean our environment, and targeted therapies to attack "superbugs" and diseases such as cancer. In this talk, we highlight recent efforts to create synthetic gene networks and programmable cells, and discuss a variety of synthetic biology applications in biocomputing, biotechnology and biomedicine.
James J. Collins is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and a William F. Warren Distinguished Professor, University Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Center for BioDynamics at Boston University. He is also a core founding faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. His research group works in synthetic biology and systems biology, with a particular focus on network biology approaches to antibiotic action and bacterial defense mechanisms. Professor Collins' patented technologies have been licensed by over 25 biotech, pharma and medical devices companies, and he has helped to launched a number of companies, including Novophage and Joule Unlimited. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Rhodes Scholarship, a MacArthur "Genius" Award, an NIH Director's Pioneer Award, the World Technology Award in Biotechnology, as well as numerous teaching awards. In 2011, Professor Collins was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for "contributions to synthetic biology and engineered gene networks".
This joint meeting of the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM will be held in the Broad Institute Auditorium (MIT building NE-30). The Broad Institute is on Main St between Vassar and Ames streets. You can see it on a map at this location. The auditorium is on the ground floor near the entrance.
Up-to-date information about this and other talks is available online at http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/. You can sign up to receive updated status information about this talk and informational emails about future talks at http://mailman.mit.edu/mailman/listinfo/ieee-cs, our self-administered mailing list.
For more information contact Peter Mager (p.mager at computer.org)
Contact: Peter Mager
Friday, March 30, 2012
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Chemical Microbial Ecology
Description: Microbial Sciences Initiative (MSI) weekly chalktalk breakfast. Please join us for tea/coffee and pastries at 8:30, followed by the chalktalk at 8:45.
Speaker: Elizabeth Shank (HMS-MI)
Location: HUCE Seminar Room (24 Oxford St, 3rd Floor, Room 310)
Contact: Andrea Lenco
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