Current Topics in Seminar Series
Each Spring semester the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics offers the Current Topics in Genetics seminar series. Distinguished scientists from across the nation are invited to present the latest research in a broad array of genetics topics. Lectures are attending by the Genetics students and faculty as well as being open to the scientific community. Enhancing the graduate student training, students of the Genetics Program study a paper on the lectures research in preparation of a discussion with the guest lectures. Students also have an opportunity for informal meetings with the guest lecture.


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Spring 2024 Schedule

Location: seminars are located in 2117 MERF unless otherwise noted.


Gene Yeo, PhD, MBA, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

University of California San Diego

"Modulators of RNA in Human Health and Disease"

Faculty host: Ryan Boudreau, PhD


Ryan Corces, PhD, Assistant Investigator,

Gladstone Institutes

"Multi-omic dissection of noncoding genetic drives of neurodegenerative disease risk"

Host: Genetics Graduate Program student invited speaker


Janine Kwapis, PhD, Paul Bery Early Career Professor and Assistant Professor of Biology

Penn State University

"Time to learn: Diurnal regulation of memory via the clock gene Per 1"

Faculty host: Ted Abel, Ph.D.

101 BBE (Kollross)

Vilhelm Bohr, MD, PhD, Professor, D, SC

National Institute on Aging-Laboratory Molecular Gerontology"

"DNA damage signaling to mitochondria in neurodegeneration and aging"

Host: Genetics Graduate Program student invited speaker

4/15/24No Seminar

Jean Bennett, MD, PhD, Director, Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics

University of Pennsylvania

"The Luxturna experience: Insights into development of gene-based treatments for other blinding disorders"

Faculty host: Arlene Drack, M.D.

101 BBE (Kollross)

Molly Duman-Schell, PhD, Navari Family Professor, Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics

Indiana University

"RNAi-based Mosquito Control Programs: A Journey from the Bench to the field"

Faculty host: Dan Eberl, Ph.D.