Last update: 3/11/2003
Graduate School Calendar of Events
Date Event Speaker Affiliation Title Time Room
SEPTEMBER 2001
9/12 Thesis Defense Abraham Shih-Chieh Chuang (Laboratory of Robert K.S. Wong) Program in Pharmacology A Novel Current Generated by the Activation of Group I Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors in the Hippocampus 2:00pm BSB 6-5
10/30 Thesis Defense Tomasz Sobocki (Laboratories of Elizabeth Kornecki and Julie Rushbrook) Program in Anatomy & Cell Biology Genomic Organization of Human F11R/JAM and Identification of Two Types of mRNAs Regulated by Alternative Promoters 11:00am BSB 7-5
OCTOBER 2001
10/10 N&BS Seminar Series Myles Akabas, PhD Associate Professor, Departments of Physiology & Biophysics, Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY GABA-A Receptors: Agonist Induced Conformational Changes and Protein Mobility in the Channel Lining Segments 12:00pm EB LH 1A
10/24 N&BS Seminar Series Carsten Strubing, PhD Department of Cardiovascular Research, Children's Hospital and Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School Identification of Heteromeric TRPC Channels in Mammalian Brain 12:00pm EB LH 1A
10/29 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Camilo Parada, Ph.D. Microbiology & Immunology, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
10/30 Thesis Defense Abeba Tesfaye (Laboratory of Gregory Gick) Program in Biochemistry Regulation of rat Na, K-ATPase a3 subunit expression by low K+ and ouabain 11:00am BSB 7-5
10/31 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Pamela B. Meluh, Ph.D. Assistant Member, Program in Molecular Biology Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center The Smt3p/SUMO-1 Pathway Impacts Genomic Stability and Centromere Function in Budding Yeast 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
NOVEMBER 2001
11/5 Thesis Defense Daya Gupta (Laboratory of Alan Gintzler) Program in Biochemistry Ovarian sex steroids activate spinal opioid antinociception via disinhibitory mechanisms: asymmetrical and independent regulation of spinal dynorphin and enkephalin systems 11:00am BSB 7-5
11/7 N&BS Seminar Series Anthony Auerbach, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics SUNY Buffalo- School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY Nicotinic Acetycholine Receptors 12:00pm EB LH 1A
11/8 Microbiology & Immunology Open House Various     2:00pm -5:00pm BSB 3-5
11/19 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Todd Sacktor, M.D. Physiology & Pharmacology, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
11/21 N&BS Seminar Series Ehud Kaplan, PhD Jules & Doris Stein Research-to-Prevent-Blindness Professor Departments of Ophthalmology, Physiology & Biophysics Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY Color, Size and All the Rest: How Do They All Fit in the Visual Cortex? 12:00pm EB LH 1A
11/27 Thesis Defense Volker Nimmrich (Laboratory of Henri Tiedge) Program in Neural and Behavioral Science Expression of Dendritic RNAs in Rat Hippocampus During Synaptic Activation 2:00pm BSB 6-5
11/28 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Joseph Locker, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pathology Albert Einstein College of Medicine Developmental Transcription Factors that Regulate Alpha-Fetoprotein 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
11/29 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Maja Nowakowski, Ph.D. Pathology, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
DECEMBER 2001
12/5 N&BS Seminar Series Janet L Fisher, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC GABA-A Receptors - Relating Structure to Function 12:00pm EB LH 1A
12/5 MD/PhD Student Meeting Brendan Smith Molecular & Cell Biology Program, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
12/5 School of Graduate Studies Annual Reception 3:00pm -5:00pm EB Special Functions Room and Atrium
12/6 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Mohamed Boutjdir Professor, Research & Development
VA Medical Center
WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
12/11 Thesis Defense Hasan Orhan Akman (Laboratory of Olcay Batuman) Program in Anatomy & Cell Biology Signalling by Smad proteins: A novel mechanism that regulates vascular endothelial function in response to hypoxia in humans 3:00pm BSB 2-5
12/12 MD/PhD Student Meeting Marjorie Rico Neural & Behavioral Science Program, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
12/19 N&BS Seminar Series Samuel A Deadwyler, PhD Professor & Vice Chairman, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC Hippocampus: Drug Effects and Behavioral Coding 12:00pm LH 1A
JANUARY 2002
1/7 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Ellen Hsu, Ph.D. Physiology & Pharmacology, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
1/9 Graduate School Spring Registration Begins
1/14 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Katherine Perkins, Ph.D. Physiology & Pharmacology, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
1/16 Graduate School Spring Registration Ends
1/16 N&BS Seminar Series Neil L Harrison, PhD Professor of Neuroscience, Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY Regulation of Synaptic Inhibition via the Alpha Subunit of the GABA-A Receptor 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
1/22 Graduate School Spring Classes Begin
1/22 MD/PhD Student Meeting Raquibil Hannan Molecular & Cell Biology Program, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
1/23 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Richard Novick, M.D. New York University TBA 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
FEBRUARY 2002
2/6 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Frederick W. Alt, Ph.D. Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Genetics Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Boston, MA Interplay Between Non-Homologous End Joining and Cell Cycle Checkpoint Pathways in Normal Development and Tumor Suppression 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
2/13 N&BS Seminar Series Donald S Faber, PhD Professor & Chairman, Department of Neuroscience Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY Regulation and Dynamics of Transmitter Release at a Central Synapse 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
2/27 N&BS Seminar Series Miguel A L Nicolelis, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Neurobiology Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC Brain Computer Interfaces 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
2/27 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500)     From Idea to Commercialization: The Life Cycle of an Invention 4:00pm Eb LH 1A
MARCH 2002
3/4 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Foroozan Mokhtarian, Ph.D. Program in Anatomy & Cell Biology WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
3/5 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500)     Life as an Entrepreneur - Hear True Life Successes - Part 1: Basic Scientist 4:00pm Alumni Aud A - HSEB
3/6 Annual Research Day - Platform sessions in the Alumni Auditorium 10-12:30 and 1-3:30, Poster Presentations in the Atrium 1:30-4:00pm. 10:am - 4:00pm Alumni Auditorium and Atrium EB
3/6 ANNUAL GRADUATE DAY LECTURE Brian Chait, Ph.D. Camille and Henry Dreyfus Professor at The Rockefeller University and Director of the National Resource for the Mass Spectrometer Analysis of Biological Macromolecules Proteomic Tools for Dissecting Cellular Function 4:00pm Alumni Auditorium
3/7 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Sherry Smith, PhD. Physiology & Pharmacology, SUNY Brooklyn WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
3/11 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Xian-Cheng Jiang Anatomy & Cell Biology WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
3/13 Alternative Careers Seminar Philip Band, Ph.D. New York University The Development of Hyaluronan for Medicine 4:30pm  
3/18 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") John G. Kral Department of Surgery WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
Mahmood Hussain Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
3/20 President's Forum for Funded Faculty Meeting by invitation only.     12:00pm-2:00pm EB LH 1A
3/20 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Alex Kiselyov ImClone Systems Property-Based Design: Optimization of Absorbtion and Pharmacokinetics for Drug Candidates 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
3/21 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Mohammed Boutjdir Anatomy & Cell Biology WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
3/27 Thesis Defense Lalitha Jayant Program in Microbiology & Immunology Different Ribosome Accessing Sites on a Single mRNA Molecule Influence the Translation of Each Other IN CIS 11:00am BSB 3-5
3/27 N&BS Seminar Series John Rinzel, PhD Professor of Neural Science and Mathematics Center for Neural Science, New York University, New York, NY Modeling Rhythms in the Brain 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
APRIL 2002
4/3 N&BS Seminar Series Donald S Faber, PhD Professor & Chairman, Department of Neuroscience Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY Regulation and Dynamics of Transmitter Release at a Central Synapse 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
4/3 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series David Geshon Professor and Skillman Chair,Technion-Israel Institute of Technology/Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Redox Phamaceutical Corporation A Novel Mechanism for Activation of Heat Shock Factor-1 in Response to Stress. 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
4/8 Research Topics in Biomedical Sciences ("Meet-the-Professors") Andre Fenton, Ph.D. Department of Physiology and Pharmacology WIP 12:00pm BSB 3-114B
4/10 N&BS Seminar Series Emery N Brown, MD, PhD Director, Neuroscience Statistics Research Laboratory, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Algorithms for Neural Population Coding 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
4/10 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500) Dr. Stan Asnis Chaiman of Orthapaedic Surgery, North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset Life as an Entrepreneur - How to go from Concept to Device 4:00pm Lecture Hall 1 BSB
4/11 Thesis Defense Facan Huang Laboratory of MAQ Siddiqui, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology Structure, expression and functional characterization of the mouse CLP-1 gene 3:00pm BSB 2-5
4/17 Thesis Defense Helene Bach-Mizrachi Laboratory of Frank Scalia, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology Expression of the ephrin-A family members in the visual system of ranid frogs 10:00am BSB 2-5
4/17 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Angela N. Tyner, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics University of Illinois College of Medicine Functions of the Cip/Kip Cyclin Kinase Inhibitors in the Normal and Injured Liver 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
4/24 N&BS Seminar Series David S Weiss, PhD Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham Desensitization Mechanism of the GABA-A Receptor 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
4/24 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500)     What is Intellectual Property and How is it Protected? 4:00pm EB LH 1A
MAY 2002
5/1 N&BS Seminar Series Beverley A Orser, MD, PhD Department of Physiology University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada Extrasynaptic GABA-A Receptors: Thinking Outside the Box 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
5/1 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Karen Arndt, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biological Sciences University of Pittsburgh Regulation of Transcription by RNA Polymerase II: Exploiting the Genetic and Biochemical Toolbox of Yeast 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
5/2 Thesis Defense Boris Shor Microbiology & Immunology, SUNY Brooklyn Functional Analysis Of Rack1 Homologue From Fission Yeast 10:00am BSB 3-5
5/15 President's Forum for Funded Faculty Meeting by invitation only.     12:00pm-2:00pm EB LH 1A
5/15 Molecular & Cellular Biology Seminar Series Michelle Barton, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, MD Anderson Cancer Center Regulated Gene Expression in Chromatin and Synthetic Nuclei 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
5/16 Graduate Student Meeting Susanna Popp President, Graduate Student Council Election of New Graduate Student Council 12:30pm BSB 3-112
5/22 N&BS Seminar Series Richard W Olsen, PhD Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles GABARAP Promotes Clustering of GABA-A Receptors with Altered Channel Properties and Pharmacology 12:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
5/22 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500)     Considerations in Academia - Biotech Interactions 4:00pm EB LH 1A
5/23 School of Graduate Studies and College of Medicine Commencement Exercises 5:00pm Carnegie Hall
JUNE 2002
6/5 N&BS Seminar Series Thomas H. Brown, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology & Physiology, Department of Psychology, Yale University Mechanisms of Learning in Limbic System Neurons 4:00pm EB LH 1A or 1B
6/5 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500)     So You Have an Invention: Now What? SUNY Technology Transfer Procedures 4:00pm EB LH 1A
6/11 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500) Lively Panel Discussion with: a Lawyer, and Ethicist, a Scientist, a Student and an Administrator Whose Intellectual Property Is It? Considerations in Academic/Biotech Interactions 4:00pm TBA
6/12 President's Forum for Funded Faculty Meeting by invitation only.     12:00pm-2:00pm EB LH 1A
6/19 Entrepreneurship in Academia: (Ethics and Responsibility in Research GI-500) Ellen Corenswet Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison Now That I've Decided to Start My Own Company, How Do I Do It? 4:00pm Classroom 1A
BSB - Basic Sciences Building (450 Clarkson Avenue)
EB - Health Science Education Building (395 Lenox Road)
For further information or comments:
Contact Ed Throckmorton, Registrar, School of Graduate Studies (718) 270-2739 ethrockmorton@downstate.edu
Potential students interested in attending seminars:
please contact Ms. Denise Sheares at  (718) 270-2738 dsheares@downstate.edu