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 Schedule

Date Presenter
101 BBE (Kollross)
Marc Freeman, PhD, Director and Senior Scientist
Oregon Health & Science University, Vollum Institue
“Neuronal remodeling in complex metazoans”
2/20/23 Quasar Padiath, MBBS, PhD, Associate Professor Human Genetics, and Department of
University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health
“The role of the nuclear lamina in disease and development”
3/20/23 Elena Semina, PhD, Professor and Chair, Division of Developmental Biology
Medical College of Wisconsin
“Exploring Underlying Causes of Rare Developmental Phenotypes”
Mark Schultz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Iowa
“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Proteostatic therapeutics for Niemann-Pick type C disease”
4/3/23 Seth Tomchik, PhD, Professor, Department of Neuroscience & Pharmacology
University of Iowa
“Nf1 Ras GAP effects on repetitive motor behaviors and metabolic alterations”
4/10/23 Cat Pinnaro, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Iowa
Lucy Bai, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Penn State University
“Binding Mechanism of Pioneer Factors”
4/24/23 Helen Jones, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Functional
University of Florida

“In utero gene therapy; Targeting and improving placental development and function
for impact across the lifespan”

101 BBE (Kollross)
Laura Landweber, PhD, Professor, Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics,
and Biological Sciences, and Systems Biology.
Columbia University