Last updated: April 7, 2015
Spring 2015
BIOM 272/274: Seminars in Genetics and Molecular Cell Biology

BIOM 272 and 274 have been run as a combined class since 2006. This is the 10th year this course is offered. We acknowledge the continued support of the BMS, the Genetics and MCB tracks. Thanks to Gina Butcher, Leanne Nordeman, Patricia Luetmer and Judy Johns for assistance.

Course co-directors: Karen Oegema, PhD., Binhai Zheng, Ph.D.

Who may register: 1st year BMS students who are interested in current topics in diverse areas of biological/biomedical research.


Course description: This course will provide perspective on selected seminars representing a broad spectrum of modern biomedical research areas. The focus is on how science is done and communicated effectively, and not to get to every technical detail of each presentation. The course consists of one seminar (usually Wednesday, 4 pm) and one class meeting (Friday, 11 am - 1 pm) per week. The Friday meetings will consist of a student-led discussion of the previous seminar (post-session, 1st hour) and an introduction to the upcoming seminar by a guest lecturer (pre-session, 2nd hour). The guest lecturer (a senior student, postdoctoral fellow or faculty member from the local research community who works on a related research topic) will introduce the background for the upcoming seminar.

Course website: http://zheng.ucsd.edu/biom2015.php

Friday meetings (post- and pre- sessions):
Time: Friday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm (April 3 - June 5)
Place: CMME 2047

Seminars: CMM seminar series
Time: Wednesday at 4 pm
Place: Marilyn G. Farquhar Seminar Room, also known as CNCB large conference room

Schedule (subject to change):
Notes: Class sessions are shaded in grey; seminars are indicated with white background.

Week Day Date Time Place Speaker Title or topic
1 Friday 4/3/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Javi Lopez Garrido
(K. Pogliano lab)
Class introduction
Pre-session for Bassler (12 - 1 pm)
2 Wednesday 4/8/15 4 pm CNCB Bonnie Bassler Bacterial Quorum Sensing and Its Control
2 Friday 4/10/15 11 -1 pm CMME 2047 Trenis Palmer
(Yang Lab)

Discussion: Conall, David (2044); Afsheen, Bryn (2047)
Pre-session for Gertler (12 - 1 pm)

3 Wednesday 4/15/15 4 pm CNCB Frank Gertler Bi-directional Signaling Between Tumor Cells and the Matrisome Paves the Way for Metastasis
3 Friday 4/17/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Yao Wong
(Desai Lab)
Discussion: Emily, Susan (2044); Aleena, Brian, Alison (2047)
Pre-session for Verhey (12 - 1 pm)
4 Wednesday 4/22/15 4 pm CNCB Kristen Verhey Molecular Connections Between Nuclear and Ciliary Trafficking
4 Friday 4/24/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Shaohe Wang
(Oegema Lab)
Discussion: Lee, Valerie (2044); Mike V., Spencer (2047)
Pre-session for Ehrhardt (12 - 1 pm)
5 Wednesday 4/29/15 4 pm CNCB David Ehrhardt A Nimble Order: Building and Reorganizing Dynamic Microtubule Architectures Without a Central Organizer
5 Friday 5/1/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Marian Chuang
(Chisholm lab)
Discussion: Jack, Michael B. (2044); Josefine, Matt (2047)
Pre-session for Akhmanova (12 - 1 pm)
6 Wednesday 5/6/15 4 pm CNCB Anna Akhmanova Regulation of Cell Architecture by Microtubule End-Binding Proteins
6 Friday 5/8/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Chen-yen Lai
(Hedrick Lab)
Discussion: Matt, Mike V. (2044); Conall, Michael B. (2047)
Pre-session on Belkaid (12 - 1 pm)
7 Wednesday 5/13/15 4 pm CNCB Yasmine Belkaid Regulation of Tissue Immunity and Inflammation by the Microbiota
7 Friday 5/15/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Sanjay Nigam
(Nigam Lab)
Discussion: Aleena, Bryn (2044); Jessica, Lee (2047)
Pre-session on Krasnow (12 - 1 pm)
8 Wednesday 5/20/15 4 pm CNCB Mark Krasnow Elucidating Lung Development, Stem Cells, and Cancer at Single Cell Resolution
8 Friday 5/22/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 David Gorkin
(Ren Lab)
Discussion: Afsheen, Spencer, Alison (2044); Susan, Valerie (2047)
Pre-session for Pollard (12 - 1 pm)
9 Wednesday 5/27/14 4 pm CNCB Katherine Pollard Massive Data Integration Enables Discovery of Gene Regulatory Enhancers and Their Targets
9 Friday 5/29/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 Raymond Mak
(Bennett lab)
Discussion: Brian, Sara (2044); David, Emily (2047)
Pre-session for Deshaies (12 - 1 pm)
10 Wednesday 6/3/15 4 pm CNCB Ray Deshaies Mechanisms and Regulation of Ubiquitination
10 Friday 6/5/15 11 - 1 pm CMME 2047 - Discussion: Jessica, Rikke (2044); Jack, Stine (2047)
Wrap up/Course evaluation