Seminars

Upcoming Seminars / Seminars This Week

Tue 9/16/14 12 noonGerstenzang 121
Neurobiology Journal Club
Bethany Christmann (Griffith Lab)
MUL1 acts in parallel to the PINK1/parkin pathway in regulating mitofusin and compensates for loss of PINK1/parkin
Ref: Yun, et al. eLife June 04, 2014; 3.
Yasmin Escobedo Lozoya (Nelson Lab)
Miniature neurotransmission regulates Drosophila synaptic structural maturation
Ref: B.J. Choi et al., Neuron, May 7 2014

Tue 9/16/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Topology Seminar
Arunima Ray (Brandeis University, Dept. of Mathematics)
Satellite operations and knot concordance
Hosted by D. Ruberman

Tue 9/16/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Jeffrey Fredberg (Harvard School of Public Health)
Collective migration and cell jamming
Hosted by Aparna Baskaran

Wed 9/17/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
David Housman (MIT)
Genomics and Epigenomics of Human Repeat Diseases
Hosted by Garrity/Rosbash

Wed 9/17/14 4 pmAbelson 229
IGERT Seminar
Jessica Lowell (Brandeis University, Dept. of Computer Science)
The evolution of modularity in neural networks
Hosted by Lawrence Albion

Thu 9/18/14 12 noonShapiro Campus Center
Psychology Department Colloquium
Nicolas Rohleder (Health Psychology Laboratory, Brandeis)
Stress System Regulation of Inflammation
Abstract: Psychosocial stress is an important precursor of disease and reduced quality of life humans. While research has made major steps forward in understanding the biological pathways between stress exposure and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying disease, one major issue remains. Changes of the stress systems hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) are insufficient in explaining the stress-disease link. Chronic, and systemic low-grade inflammation has emerged as a promising pathway, because elevated inflammation is more consistently found in conditions of chronic psychosocial stress, and these alterations of inflammatory activity can be directly connected with specific pathophysiological mechanisms underlying important diseases associated with chronic stress, such as cardiovascular disease. Transient increases in systemic inflammation have also been found in response to acute psychosocial stress, and tend to be higher in individuals reporting adverse psychosocial states or conditions, such as depression, lower self-esteem, or lower self-compassion. Furthermore, sensitization of inflammatory stress responses to repeated stress exposure is found related with lower subjective social status or perceived purpose in life. Our most recent findings provide a better understanding of mechanisms at multiple levels, from psychosocial to intracellular factors, that contribute to disinhibition of inflammatory processes after stress, and thus predict development of human disease.

Hosted by Paul DiZio

Thu 9/18/14 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Anupam Sengupta (Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT )
Towards Topological Microfluidics: Harnessing surface, elastic and viscous interactions at micro-scales
The hydrodynamic properties of nematic liquid crystals are characterized by a complex mutual coupling between flow, viscosity, and nematic order. While the flow behaviour of nematic bulk samples is well known, corresponding studies in microfluidic settings are still at an early stage. The presence of the four confining channel walls--and in particular the nature of the surface anchoring of the nematic order on the walls--adds new phenomena to the already rich and multi-faceted flow behaviour. Topological Microfluidics harnesses these interactions, and provides a novel pathway to engineer templates to tune flow and topology. Through easily accessible experimental parameters, we produce, position and navigate topological defects in liquid crystal, which are then used as soft rails for guided transport of colloids and droplets, or light beam for photonic applications. Currently, we are developing tools for generating topological motifs through hydrodynamic singularities. Under appropriate flow and boundary conditions, one can hierarchically tune the strength of the resulting topological defects. The results are aimed towards motivating a fundamental theoretical understanding of the coupling interactions: specifically those between the hydrodynamic and the topological singularities. I will conclude the talk with some emerging concepts in Topological Microfluidics and their possible relevance in microbial biophysics.

https://sites.google.com/site/anupamsengupta/

Hosted by Z. Dogic

Thu 9/18/14 5 pmGoldsmith 300
Brandeis University New Directions Lecture Series
Dmitry Kleinbock (Brandeis University, Dept of Mathematics)
Horocycle flows and easy effective case of Ratner's Theorem

Fri 9/19/14 9:30 amCarl J. Shapiro Theater, Shapiro Campus Center
60th New England Complex Fluids Workshop
Complex Fluids Workshop
Invited Speakers: Eric Brown (Yale), Jorn Dunkel (MIT), Alexandra Zidovska (NYU);Erkan Tuzel (WPI)
Intended for Soft Matter academic and industrial scientists in New England to share research results, network and promote collaborations.
Registration required. Deadline: Wednesday, September 17
Hosted by Seth Fraden

Fri 9/19/14 11:15 amGerstenzang 121
Biochemistry-Biophysics Friday Lunchtime Pizza Talks
NO SEMINAR THIS WEEK

Fri 9/19/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Vinay Eapen (Haber Lab)
Yasmin Escobedo Lozoya (Nelson Lab)

Fri 9/19/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Ilya Vinogradov (University of Bristol)
Effective Ratner Theorem for ASL (2, R) and the gaps of the sequence \sqrt n modulo 1
Hosted by O. Bernardi

Fri 9/19/14 3 pmShapiro Science 2-09
Fly Fest
Fumika Hamada (Cincinnati Children's Hospital)
Temperature sensation and circadian rhythms in Drosophila
Hosted by Garrity Lab

Mon 9/22/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Dan Freedman (MIT)
Hosted by Prof. Matthew Headrick

Mon 9/22/14 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Molecular Genetics Journal Club (Co hosted with the Biochemistry Biophysics Department)
Frank Slack ( Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
MicroRNA-based therapeutics in cancer
Hosted by Nelson Lau & Daniel Krummel

Tue 9/23/14
Physics Department Colloquium
No colloquia

Tue 9/23/14 12 noonRosenstiel 118
Psychology Department Brown Bag
Yuliya Kuras (Health Psychology Lab)
TBD
Stephanie Robinson (Lifespan Lab)
TBD

Wed 9/24/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Hyung Don Ryoo (NYU)
Integrated Stress Response in Drosophila Aging and Retinal Degeneration
Hosted by Michael Marr

Thu 9/25/14 1 pmRosenstiel 118
Thesis Seminar
Sarah Dykstra (Haber Lab)
Gene Targeting is Sensitive to Chromatin State and Recombination Pathway Choice

Mon 9/29/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Jared Kaplan (Johns Hopkins University)
Hosted by Matthew Headrick

Mon 9/29/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Qiaobing Xu (Tufts University)
Chemical modification of proteins and their intracellular delivery for cancer therapy
Hosted by Bing Xu

Tue 9/30/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Mehran Kardar (MIT)
Hosted by Prof. Aparna Baskaran

Wed 10/1/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Anatol Kreitzer (UCSF)
Basal Ganglia Circuit Mechanisms Underlying Motor Function and Dysfunction
Hosted by Gina Turrigiano

Fri 10/3/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Dam Thanh Son (University of Chicago)
TBA
Hosted by Albion Lawrence

Fri 10/3/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Laura Brown (Lovett Lab)
Michael Tsabar (Haber Lab)

Fri 10/3/14 2 pmGoldsmith 226
Everytopic Seminar
Andreas Arvanitoyeorgos (University of Patras and Tufts University)
Aspects of homogeneous geometry with application to invariant Einstein metrics
Hosted by O. Bernardi

Mon 10/6/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Ida Zadeh (Brandeis University)
Hosted by Prof. Matthew Headrick

Tue 10/7/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Evelyn Fox Keller (MIT)
Hosted by Seth Fraden

Wed 10/8/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Alpha Yap (Institute of Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland)
Active Tension: regulating contractility and adherens junctions
Hosted by Bruce Goode

Fri 10/10/14 12:30 pmGerstenzang 123
Molecular and Cell Biology & Neuroscience Student Seminars
Sara Haddad (Marder Lab)
Michael Spellberg (Marr Lab)

Tue 10/14/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Dam Thanh Son (University of Chicago)
Hosted by Prof. Albion Lawrence

Wed 10/15/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Joint Biology/Neuroscience Colloquium
Kathleen Cullen (McGill University)
Neural Representations of Natural Self Motion: Implications for Perception and Action
Hosted by Paul DiZio

Thu 10/16/14 4 pmAbelson 229
MRSEC Seminar
Thomas Miller (Dept. of Chemistry, Caltech)
TBA
Hosted by Mike Hagan

Mon 10/20/14 11 amAbelson 307
String Theory Seminar
Robert Penna (MIT)
TBA
Hosted by Matthew Headrick

Mon 10/20/14 4 pmGerstenzang 121
Chemistry Department Colloquium
Kevin Burgess (Texas A&M University)
EKO and EKOS: A New Perspective on Discovery of Small Molecules to Perturb Protein-protein Interactions
Hosted by Isaac Krauss

Tue 10/21/14 4 pmAbelson 131
Physics Department Colloquium
Matthew Reece (Harvard University)
Hosted by Albion Lawrence

 
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