Seminars

Upcoming Seminars / Seminars This Week

Fri 1/17/20 11:15 amRosenstiel 118
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
First-Year BCBP PhD Students
First-Year Biochemistry & Biophysics Doctoral Student Rotation Talks
Rotation Talks will run from 11:15 am -- 12:20 pm.

Fri 1/17/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Juliet Bottorff (Turrigiano Lab)
Becca Fleming (Lee Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 1/20/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
NO NEURO JC - BRANDEIS HOLIDAY

Tue 1/21/20 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Andrew Rolph (Brandeis University)
Replica wormholes and the black hole information paradox
Hosted by HEGT Group

Tue 1/21/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (Distinguished Life Science Speaker)
Daniel Durocher (University of Toronto )
Charting DNA Damage and Synthetic Lethality Networks
Hosted by Jim Haber

Tue 1/21/20 2 pmGoldsmith 317
Topology Seminar
Rylee Lyman (Tufts Univerity)
McCullough–Miller Space at Infinity
Let G be a finite free product of finite groups. In 1996, McCullough and Miller defined a contractible space on which Out(G), the group of outer automorphisms of G, acts properly with finite stabilizers. This is the analogue for Out(G) of Culler and Vogtmann's Outer Space for the outer automorphism group of a finite rank free group, and the Teichmüller space for the mapping class group of a surface of finite type. Like Outer Space, McCullough--Miller space admits a spine, an (n-2)-dimensional simplicial complex which is an equivariant deformation retract, where n is the Kurosh rank of G. The action on the spine is additionally cocompact. Vogtmann proved that the spine of Outer Space is simply-connected at infinity when the rank of the free group is at least 5. Bestvina and Feighn later proved that Outer Space is (2n-5)-connected at infinity. Analogously, we conjecture that McCullough--Miller space is (n-4)-connected at infinity. We describe a new understanding of McCullough--Miller space as a space of marked, metric orbigraphs, ways of moving around in it, and discuss progress towards this conjecture.
Hosted by Profs. Daniel Ruberman, Ruth Charney and Kiyoshi Igusa.

Tue 1/21/20 3:30 pmGoldsmith 226
Combinatorics Seminar
Ira Gessel (Brandeis University)
Counting words with forbidden subwords
will talk about the Goulden-Jackson cluster theorem, which counts words by the number of occurrences of given words as (consecutive) subwords. As a consequence, the noncommutative generating function for words that avoid a set of subwords is the reciprocal of a series with every coefficient 0, 1, or -1, and this result is closely connected to a theorem of Curtis Greene on posets with Möbius function 0, 1, or -1.

Hosted by Prof. Olivier Bernardi and Duncan Levear

Wed 1/22/20 11 amRosenstiel 118
Special Seminar (NEUROSCIENCE FACULTY SEARCH CANDIDATE)
Andrew Lutas (BIDMC)
Dopaminergic axons in basal amygdala enable state-specific learning

Wed 1/22/20 12 noonGoldmsmith 226
Mathematical BIology Seminar
Alanna Hoyer-Leitzel (Mount Holyoke College. )
Bifurcation structure and resilience in impulsive models of savannas
A savanna ecosystem is affected by the frequency and intensity of regular fires. Modeling the interactions between trees and grass as a one-sided inhibitory Lotka-Volterra system, we add fire as a discrete disturbance, creating an impulsive dynamical system. We present the analysis of such a model, examining different bistability regimes between savanna and grassland, high and low tree density savanna, and a woodland state, that arise in the impulsive system. These bistability cases exist in the impulsive system but not in the non-impulsive competition model. Additionally, we identify the resilience of the savanna to different disturbance regimes via two definitions of resilience: one using basins of attraction, and one emphasizing the valued ratio of trees and grass that defines a savanna.

Hosted by Profs. Jonathan Touboul and Thomas Fai and Dr. Youngmin Park

Thu 1/23/20 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
Steve Van Hooser (Brandeis University)
Neuroscience data interfaces: building solutions to the problem of sharing data and analyses
Pizza will be served.

Thu 1/23/20 12 noonInternational Lounge, Usdan
Special Seminar (Faculty Position Job Talk )
Monica Waszczuk (Stony Brook University )
Genetic vulnerability to affective psychopathology across the life span
Hosted by Paul DiZio

Thu 1/23/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Cancelled

Thu 1/23/20 3 pmGoldsmith 226
Dynamics and Number Theory
Thomas Hille (Yale University)
Effective bounds for the least solutions of homogeneous quadratic Diophantine inequalities
Let Q be a non-degenerate indefinite quadratic form in dvariables. In the mid 80's, Margulis proved the Oppenheim conjecture, which states that if d ≥3 and Q is not proportional to a rational form then Q takes values arbitrarily close to zero at integral points. In this talk we will discuss the problem of obtaining bounds for the least integral solution of the Diophantine inequality |Q [x]|< ϵfor any positive ϵ if d ≥5. We will review historical, as well as recent results in this direction and show how to obtain explicit bounds that are polynomial in ϵ−1, with exponents depending only on the signature of Qor if applicable, the Diophantine properties of Q. This talk is based on joint work with P. Buterus, F. Götze and G. Margulis.
Hosted by Profs. Dmitry Kleinbock and Lam Pham

Fri 1/24/20 11:30 amRosenstiel 118
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Timothy Street
How do Hsp90 inhibitors work?
**Please note later start time.**

Fri 1/24/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Chloe Greppi (Garrity Lab)
Derek Wise (Nelson Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 1/27/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
John Carlson (Yale University )
Molecular logic and evolution of bitter taste in flies
Hosted by Leslie Griffith

Mon 1/27/20 12 noonAlumni Lounge, Usdan Campus Center
Special Symposium (Faculty Search Job Talk )
Tristen Inagaki (University of Pittsburgh)
Receiving and Giving Care: Neurobiological Mechanisms of Social Connection
Hosted by Paul DiZio

Tue 1/28/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
M.R. Bauer Distinguished Guest Lecture Series
John Carlson (Yale University )
Chemoperception in the Fly
Hosted by Leslie Griffith

Tue 1/28/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Kristan Jensen (San Francisco State University)
TBA

Wed 1/29/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Special Seminar (NEUROSCIENCE FACULTY SEARCH CANDIDATE)
Yvette Fisher (Harvard Medical School)
Sensorimotor experience remaps visual input to a heading direction network
Hosted by Leslie Griffith

Thu 1/30/20 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
Cancelled

Thu 1/30/20 12 noonInternational Lounge, Usdan
Special Symposium
James Howard (Northwestern University)
TBD (Psychology Faculty Search Job Talk)
Hosted by Paul DiZio

Thu 1/30/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Alexandre Bisson (Brandeis University)
Building cells across domains of life

Thu 1/30/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Grant Remmen (University of California, Berkeley)
Journey to the Limits of Quantum Field Theory
Hints of new physics are encoded as higher-dimension operators in effective field theory. The couplings of these operators, "dial settings" in the low-energy laws of physics, can be bounded using methods independent of the ultraviolet completion, relying only on principles like causality, unitarity of quantum mechanics, and properties of scattering amplitudes. In this talk, I will show how such infrared consistency techniques can be used to constrain a wide variety of quantum field theories, from the effective field theory of the Standard Model to quantum corrections of Einstein gravity. These constraints have important implications, in contexts ranging from near-term experimental observations to the long-term behavior of black holes, and provide us with powerful means to test the tenets of quantum field theory itself.

Thu 1/30/20 4:30 pmGoldsmith 100
Mathematics Seminar (Martin Weiner Lecture Series)
Chuck Doran (University of Alberta)
TBD
TBD
Hosted by Prof. Bong Lian

Fri 1/31/20 11:15 amRosenstiel 118
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
Eric Strieter (UMass Amherst)
Uncovering the Cryptic Functions of Deubiquitinases
Hosted by Liz Hedstrom

Fri 1/31/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Rabia Anjum (Paradis Lab)
Albert Yu (Rosbash Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 2/3/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
Mark Rossi (University of Washington)
Lateral hypothalamic contributions to feeding and obesity
Hosted by Don Katz

Mon 2/3/20 12 noonTBA
Neurobiology Journal Club (NEUROSCIENCE FACULTY SEARCH CANDIDATE)
Mark Rossi (University of Washington)

Tue 2/4/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (Neuro Student Speaker)
Josh Huang (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory )
Genetic dissection of cortical circuits: from cell types to motor control
Hosted by Ryan Kirk and Jasmine Le

Tue 2/4/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
TBA

Wed 2/5/20 12 noonLevine-Ross, Hassenfeld
Special Seminar
Elizabeth Holly (University of Pennsylvania)
TBD (Psychology Faculty Search Job Talk)
Hosted by Paul DiZio

Thu 2/6/20 11 amVolen 201
Computational Neuroscience Journal Club
Alex Cao (Van Hooser Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Thu 2/6/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Chloe Greppi (Garrity Lab)
Weijin Xu (Rosbash Lab)

Thu 2/6/20 4:30 pmGoldsmith 100
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
Jennifer Hom (Georgia Institute of Technology)
TBD
TBD
Hosted by Prof. Daniel Ruberman

Fri 2/7/20 11:15 amRosenstiel 118
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
John Engen (Northeastern University)
Multiprotein systems in protein folding and unfolding
Hosted by Julia Kardon

Fri 2/7/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Jasmine Le (Rosbash Lab)
Amy Scalera (Rodal Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 2/10/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
TBA

Mon 2/10/20 3:40 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Alan Sellinger (Colorado School of Mines)
Organic Materials for Application in Radiation Detection, Solar Cells, and Lighting
Hosted by Klaus Schmidt-Rohr

Mon 2/10/20 4:30 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Brian Swingle (University of Maryland)
TBA

Tue 2/11/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Brendan Manning (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
Metabolic effectors of PI3K-mTOR signaling
Hosted by Liz Hedstrom

Tue 2/11/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Mark Mezei (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics)
TBA

Thu 2/13/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Suhaily Caban-Penix (Bradshaw Lab)
Alexis Ryan (Bradshaw Lab)

Thu 2/13/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Shu-Heng Shao (Institute for Advanced Study)
TBA

Fri 2/14/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Tyler Hill (Sengupta Lab)
Michela Zaffagni (Kadener Lab)

Mon 2/17/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
NO NEURO JC - BRANDEIS HOLIDAY

Tue 2/18/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
NO TALK - FEBRUARY BREAK

Fri 2/21/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
NO PIZZA TALK - MID-TERM BREAK

Mon 2/24/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
TBA

Tue 2/25/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Diomedes Logothetis (Northeastern University)
TBA
Hosted by Don Katz

Tue 2/25/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
TBA

Wed 2/26/20
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Tianning Diao (NYU)
Hosted by Isaac Krauss

Thu 2/27/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Rebecca Fleming (Lee Lab)
Ane Anduaga (Kadener Lab)

Thu 2/27/20 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Sam Walcott (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
TBA
Hosted by John Berezney

Fri 2/28/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Brian Cary (Turrigiano Lab)
Rey Aguilar Lopez (Goode Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 3/2/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
Mara Rue (Marder Lab)
Benjamin Ballintyn (Miller Lab)

Mon 3/2/20 3:40 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Geoffrey Coates (Cornell)
Hosted by Bing Xu

Tue 3/3/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
TBA
TBA

Thu 3/5/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Molecular Genetics Journal Club
Ana Feiszbein (Chris Burge Lab, MIT)

Thu 3/5/20 4:30 pmGoldsmith 100
Joint Mathematics Colloquium
Margaret Beck (Boston University)
TBD
TBD
Hosted by Prof. Daniel Ruberman

Fri 3/6/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Jenna Harris (Kadener Lab)
Erick Barrios (Nelson Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 3/9/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
J. Arvid Ågren (Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University)
The evolution of conflict and cooperation from cells to societies

Mon 3/9/20 3:40 pm
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Angie Louie (UC Davis)
Hosted by Grace Han

Mon 3/9/20 3:40 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Angie Louie (UC Davis )
Hosted by Grace Han

Tue 3/10/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium (Brandeis Diverse Students Initiative)
Daniel Alfonso Colón Ramos (Yale)
TBA
Hosted by Emmanuel Rivera-Rodriguez

Tue 3/10/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Dillon Brout (University of Pennsylvania)
TBA
Hosted by Marcelle Soares-Santos

Fri 3/13/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Raul Ramos (Turrigiano Lab)
Dani Gallagher (Haber Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 3/16/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
Jasmine Quynh Le (Rosbash Lab)
Nathan Harris (Sengupta Lab)

Tue 3/17/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Eric Greene (Columbia University)
TBA
Hosted by Jim Haber

Fri 3/20/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Meghan Harris (Marr Lab)
Mohamed Adel (Griffith Lab)
Pizza will be served.

Mon 3/23/20 12 noonGerstenzang 124
Neurobiology Journal Club
Tyler Hill (Sengupta Lab)
Juliet Bottorff (Turrigiano Lab)

Mon 3/23/20 3:40 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Ivan Aprahamian (Dartmouth College)
Hosted by Grace Han

Tue 3/24/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Bob Kingston (MGH)
TBA
Hosted by Michael Marr

Tue 3/24/20 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
David Hogg (New York University)
TBA
Hosted by Marcelle Soares-Santos

Thu 3/26/20 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Lidia Mrad (Mount Holyoke College)
TBA
Hosted by John Berezney

Fri 3/27/20 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Susannah Slepian (Paradis Lab)
Munzareen Khan (Sengupta Lab)
Pizza will be served.

 
415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453 (781) 736-2000