Formal Research Seminars

* The Buck Institute hosts a number of scientific seminars throughout the year, offering talks on current research by national and international scientists for faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows. FRS Seminars are open to the public. Individuals wishing to attend should respond with their name, email address, and seminar date to:

Seminars are held in the Drexler Auditorium at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.


Date Speaker/Title


Winter 2017




January 27

Kevan Shokat

Kevan Shokat, Ph.D.

Professor, Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Howard Hughes Investigator, UCSF/HHMI, San Francisco, CA

Chemical Tricks for Tackling Undruggable Targets

Hosted by Professor Jennifer Garrison

February 10

William Mair

William Mair, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Genetics and Complex Diseases, Haqrvard School og Public Health,m Boston, MA

The Ups and Downs of Energetics and Aging - Neural Regulators and Downstream Effectors

Hosted by Professor Henri Jasper

February 24

Jan Nolta

Jan Nolta, Ph.D.

Professor, Director, UC Davis Stem Cell Program and Institute for Renenerative Cures, UC Davis

Stem Cells and Translation to the Clinic

Hosted by Professor Xianmin Zeng

March 3

Marius Wernig

Marius Wernig, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pathology - Pathology Stem Cell Institute, Stanford University


Hosted by Professor Lisa Ellerby

March 17

Dengke Ma

Dengke Ma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physiology, Cardiovascular Research Institute and Department of Physiology, University of California, San Francisco

Responding to Hypoxia/Hypothermia:  Surprises from C. Elegans Screens

Hosted by Professor Jennifer Garrison

Spring 2017


March 31

Stefan Tullius

Stefan Tullius, M.D., Ph.D., FACS

Distinguished Joseph E. Murray Chair in Transplantation Surgery, Director of the Transplant Surgery Research Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston


Hosted by Professor Brian Kennedy

 April 14

Christopher Link

Christopher Link, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado at Boulder


Hosted by Professor Gordon Lithgow

April 21

Harmit Malik

Harmit Malik, Ph.D.

Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA


Hosted by Professor Pankaj Kapahi

April 28

Trudy Mackay

Trudy Mackay, Ph.D.

William Neal Reynolds and Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences , North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

The Genetic Architecture of Longevity: Lessons from Drosophila

Hosted by Professor Arnold Kahn

May 5

Ami Bhatt

Ami Bhatt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Medicine and Genetics, Stanford, University, Stanford, CA

Molecular Mimicry and the Metagenome

Hosted by Professor Jennifer Garrison

June 9

Jonathan Burman

 Jonathon Burman, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Porter Neuroscience Research Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


Hosted by Professor Julie Andersen

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