Seminar Schedule

Fall 2019 Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Department/Institute Title
September18 Michael Salsaa, Ph.D. WSU - Biological Sciences Perturbation of energy metabolism at the center of the mechanism of action of valproate
October 2    


October 16      
November 6 Christine Keating, Ph.D. Penn State - Chemistry 


December 4      

Winter 2019 Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Department/Institute Title
February 6 Alexander Gow, Ph.D.   Rescheduled due to school closing
February 20 Sarah Shelby, Ph.D. University of Michigan - Biophysics

Membrane Phase-like Domains in B Cell Receptor Signalling

March 6 Kezhong Zhang, Ph.D. WSU - Molecular Medicine and Genetics Mechanism of Particulate Air Pollution-induced Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis and Type-2 Diabetes
March 20 James Olzmann, Ph.D. UC Berkeley - Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology

Membrane Phase-like Domains in B Cell Receptor Signalling

April 3 Alexander Gow, Ph.D.  WSU - Molecular Medicine and Genetics Toward a Membrane Biophysics Understanding of CNS Myelin Physiology
April 17 Tina Tootle  Univeristy of Iowa Health Care - Anatomy and Cell Biology

Prostaglandins: Master Regulators of Actin in the Cytoskeleton and the Nucleus

Previous Semesters

Fall 2018

Date Speaker Department/Institute Title
October 3 James Markworth, Ph.D. University of Michigan -  Molecular and Integrative Physiology Inflammation and its resolution following skeletal muscle Injury: Role of bioactive lipid mediators.
November 7 Laura Musselman, Ph.D. Binghamton University - Biological Sciences Using Drosophila to understand lipotoxicity 


Cunqi Ye, Ph.D.

UT Southwestern Medical Center - Biochemistry

The methyl sink function for phospholipid and histone methylation 

Winter 2018

Date Speaker Department/Institute Title
January 17 Chris Madden, Ph.D. Neurological Surgery - Oregon Health & Science University Neural regulation of brown adipose tissue in diet-induced obesity
February 7 Emilio Mottillo, Ph.D. WSU CMMG Illuminating Fatty Acid Metabolism
February 21 Ilce Medina Meza, Ph.D. Michigan State University - Engineering Cholesterol Oxidation: Old Tale, New Approaches
March 7 Robert Chapkin, Ph.D. Texas A&M - Nutrition & Food Science Targeting Plasma Membrane Lipid Composition as
a Novel Approach to Anti-Cancer Therapy
March 21 Klaus van Leyen, Ph.D. Harvard - Radiology Lipoxygenase Inhibition as Therapeutic Approach to Treat Stroke: Injury Mechanisms and Treatment
April 4 Marianna Sadagurski, Ph.D. WSU Biological Sciences Novel Role for Hypothalamic Growth Hormone Receptor Neurons in Glucose Homeostasis
April 18 Rolf Bodmer, Ph.D. Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute Congenital and Lipotoxic Heart Disease Modeling and Gene Discovery Using Drosophila

Fall 2016 - Winter 2017

Date Speaker Department/Institute Title
September 21 Christopher V. Kelly, Ph.D. WSU Physics The Biophysics Nanoscale Membrane Curvature Revealed by Polarized Localization Microscopy
October 5 Jun Hee Lee, Ph.D. University of Michigan Sestrin, a versatile regulator of lipid and glucose metabolism
October 19 Travis Ness (Hendrickson lab) WSU Chemistry Insight into the assembly and function of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae GPI transamidase
November 2 Papasani V. Subbaiah, Ph.D. University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago Food for thought: Novel strategy to enrich brain DHA through diet
November 16 Joseph Wider (Przyklink lab) WSU School of Medicine Physiology Cardioprotective role of Exosomes: Sometimes good things come in small packages
December 7 Michael Holinstat, Ph.D. University of Michigan Medical School Omega-6 oxylipins from 12-LOX represent a new class of platelet regulators
January 18 James Granneman, Ph.D. WSU School of Medicine A New Locus of Lipolysis Control in Fat and Muscle
February 1 Nathan Alder, Ph.D. University of Connecticuit Cardiolipin as a mediator of protein interactions in the mitochondrial inner membrane
February 15 Maria Bykhovskaia, Ph.D. WSU School of Medicine Neurology Interaction Of Neuronal Ca2+ Sensor Synaptotagmin With Lipid Bilayer 
March 1 Julian G. Cambronero, Ph.D. Wright University Phospholipase D (PLD) Cell Signaling in Cancer, Inflammation and Heart Ischemia
March 15 Elizabeth Berger, Ph.D. WSU School of Medicine Ophthalmology Lipid Mediator Pathways in the Pathogenesis of Bacterial Keratitis
April 5 Scott Hansen, Ph.D. The Scripps Research Institute Lipid Raft Disruption and the Molecular Basis of Force Transduction
April 19 Krishna Rao Maddipati, Ph.D. WSU School of Medicine - Pathology & Lipidomics Core Lipidomic Analytical Strategies

Fall 2015 - Winter 2016

Date Speaker Department/Institute Title
September 16 Shyamala Jadav WSU Biological Sciences Valproic acid increases ceramide levels and induces the unfolded protein response
October 7 Gabor J. Tigyi, MD, Ph.D. University of Tennessee HSC Curing Radiation Injury Using Rationally-Designed Analogues of Lysophospholipids
October 21 Stephen Cala, Ph.D. WSU Physiology Membrane Subcompartmentalization in the Heart
November 4 Richard P. Phipps, Ph.D. University of Rocheter Medical Center Resolvin D1 blunts tobacco smoke-induced lung inflammation and increases alternatively activated macrophages (M2)
November 18 Bhanu P. Jena, Ph.D. WSU Physiology Lipids on Porosome Structure-Function and on SNARE-Induced Membrane Fusion
December 2 Monica Driscoll, Ph.D. Rutgers University Losing it: A novel mechanism for keeping neurons young
January 20 Izabela Podogorski, Ph.D. WSU Pharmacology Bone Marrow Adipocytes: Fuel Engine Systems in Metastatic Prostate Cancer?
February 3 Andrew Morris, Ph.D. University of Kentucky Bioactive lysophospholipids link diet and heritable cardiovascular disease risk
February 17 Wenjia Lou WSU Biological Sciences What are the functions of cardiolipin remodeling?
March 2 Rashmi Chandra WSU Biological Sciences Regulation of the insulin-like peptide network: Mechanisms for optimal survival
March 16 No seminar    
April 6 Besim Ogretmen, Ph.D. Medical University of South Carolina Systemic verses Nuclear Sphingosine 1-Phosphoate Signaling for the Regulation of Tumor Metastasis and Cellular Senescence
April 20 Robert J. Wessells, Ph.D. WSU Physiology Drosophila as a Model for the Discvoery of Exercise Mimetics

Fall 2014 - Winter 2015

Date Speaker Department/Institute Title
September 15 Ren Zhang, Ph.D. WSU CMMG & Endocrinology A dual role for lipasin/betatrophin in lipid metabolism and glucose homeostasis
October 1 Michael Schlame, MD New York University Langone Medical Center Aberrant Cardiolipin Dynamics in Barth Syndrome
November 5 Narasimham Parinandi, Ph.D. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Phospholipase D, a Stress-Activated Lipid Signaling Enzyme, is a Potential Drug Target in Vascular Disease
December 3 Susan Veatch, Ph.D. University of Michigan Phases and Fluctuations in Biological Membranes
January 28 Michael Schmidke WSU Biological Sciences Effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on Adrenal Medullary Hormone Secretion
January 28 Tejeshwar Rao WSU Biological Sciences Synaptotagmin-1 and Synaptotagmin-7 differ in their stimulus and Ca2+ dependence of activation
February 4 Anant Menon, Ph.D. Cornell University How sterols walk on water
February 18 Abby Parill-Baker, Ph.D. University of Memphis Evolving Approaches to Characterization of the Structure-Function Relationship in Lipid Receptors
March 4 Domenico Gatti, Ph.D. WSU Biochemistry Nodal verses total axonal strain and the role of cholesterol in traumatic brain injury
April 1 Jefferson Knight, Ph.D. UC-Denver Diverse mechanisms of membrane assocation by C2 domains from synaptotagmin isoforms
April 15 Alexander Gasparski WSU Biological Sciences Mechanical forces enhance cancer cell invasion

Fall 2013 - Winter 2014

Date Speaker Department/Institute
October 8 Greg Auner WSU Electrical & Computer Engineering
October 22 Rachael Kast WSU Electrical & Computer Engineering
November 12 Yun-Hee Lee WSU Psychiatry
November 26 William Smith University of Michigan
December 10 Dean Brenner University of Michigan
January 22 Katelyn Powell WSU Urology
February 19 Assia Shisheva WSU Physiology
March 5 Cunqi Ye WSU Biological Sciences
March 19 Jiawei Zhao WSU Pathology
April 2 Corinne Lutmoski WSU Chemistry
April 9 Berhane Seyoum WSU Internal Medicine
April 16 Dilani Gamage WSU Chemistry

Fall 2012 - Winter 2013

Date Speaker Department
November 1 Dr. Wenlinag Zhang Pathology
November 15 Dr. Mita Vargese Psychiatry
December 6 Vaishnavi Raja Biological Sciences
December 20 Dr. Ashok Dilli Pathology
January 10 Dr. Jiawei Zhao Pathology
January 24 Dr. Todd Leff Pathology
February 7 Rania Deranieh Biological Sciences
February 21 Dr. Wanyu Lambiv Pathology
March 7 Allison Gartung Pathology
March 21 Emilio Mottillo Psychiatry
April 4 Wenxi Yu Biological Sciences
April 18 Elizabeth Tovar Pathology
May 2 Vicki Kimler Psychiatry
May 16 Dr. Jeffrey Potoff Chemical Engineering
June 6 Dr. Sarah Trimpin Chemistry
June 20 Dr. James Granneman Psychiatry

Fall 2011 - Winter 2012

Date Speakers Department
December 14 James Granneman
Todd Leff
Jianjun Wang
Pramod Khosla
Bharati Mitra
Menq-Jer Lee Lab
Miriam Greenberg
Assia Shisheva
Mustapha Kandouz
Stephanie Tucker
Krishna Rao Maddipati
Bonnie Sloan Lab
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Nutrition & Food Science
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences
January 25 Howard Matthew
Tom Holland
Nicholas Davis
Chem. Engineering Materials Science
Immunology & Microbiology
February 29 Krishna Rao Maddipati
Steve Salley
Chemistry Engineering
March 28 Sandamali Ekayanaka
James Granneman