January Events
College of Medicine · Association of Medical Science Graduate Students
Thursday, January 8, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDL 1003 with video conference to STC 5051C
USF Health Distinguished Lecture Series: 2008-2009
Camillo Ricordi, MD, Stacy Joy Goodman Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Cellular Transplantation, Scientific Director and Chief Academic Officer, Diabetes Research Institute, University of Miami Miller School, will present a seminar on "Islet Transplantation Beyond Systemic Immunosuppression: Cellular Therapies Meet Bioengineering".
Sponsored by the Office of Research, College of Medicine, USF Health. Please contact Rochelle Morris (rmorris@health.usf.edu) at 813-974-8349 for additional information.

Friday, January 9, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., MDL 1005
USF Health Molecular Medicine Seminar Series
Peter M. Gresshoff, PhD, DSc, Professor and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, will present a seminar on "Legume Stem Cells & Regulation of Nodulation".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer). Co-sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., USF Health Auditorium/Courtyard
Fifth Annual Cultural Fiesta - Celebrating Diversity ... Celebrating America
Come experience…share…enjoy…Diversity! For information on Cultural Fiesta 2009 Click Here!
For additional information please contact Kimberly Gloster, Office of Student Diversity and Enrichment, kgloster@health.usf.edu.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDN 2002
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research: 2009 Seminar Series
David Harrison, MD, Director, Division of Cardiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, will present a seminar on "Inflammation and Hypertension".
Please RSVP to Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., ALZ 101
USF Health Molecular Medicine: Faculty Candidate Seminar
Shadab A. Siddiqi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Director of Lipoprotein Transport Laboratory, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, will present a seminar on "ER-to-Golgi VLDL Transport in Liver: A Potential Therapeutic Target for its Secretion".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, January 16, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., USF Health Parking Lot 31 Friday, January 16, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., USF Health Parking Lot 31
Florida Blood Services (FBS) Blood Drive
Sponsored by the Association of Medical Science Graduate Students (AMSGS).

Wednesday, January 20, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., ALZ 101
USF Health Molecular Medicine: Faculty Candidate Seminar
Yu Chen, PhD, University of California San Francisco, will present a seminar on "Fragment-based inhibitor discovery using molecular docking".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, January 23, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
USF Health Molecular Medicine Seminar Series
Jason Gestwicki, PhD, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, will present a seminar on "Pharmacological Inhibitors of Heat Shock Protein 70".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer).
 
Friday, January 23, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., College of Public Health Auditorium, Room 1023-B
College of Public Health Dean's Lecture Series
Frank Brocato, MSHA, DMin, President and CEO, Employers Health Coalition and Chair, Board of Directors, Employers Purchasing Alliance, Inc., will present a seminar on "A Health Employee is a Productive Employee... The Impact of Health and Wellness Programs in the Workplace (Absenteeism vs. Presenteeism)".
 
Friday, January 23, 2009, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Peabody's Billiards & Games
Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC) Spring Social
Enjoy free food and games including free pool/billiards! See http://www.peabodysbilliards.com for more information & directions. Email gpsc@grad.usf.edu to RSVP please and state the event name.
 
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
USF Health Molecular Medicine: Faculty Candidate Seminar
Abhay Satoskar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Columbus, OH, will present a seminar on "Denying Access to Safe Havens to Prevent Insurgency: A Novel Strategy for Treating Leishmaniasis".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Thursday, January 29, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
USF Health Molecular Medicine: Faculty Candidate Seminar
Honglin Li, PhD, Assistant Professor, Children's Memorial Research Center, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, will present a seminar on "Functional Study of a Novel Tumor Suppressor C53/LZAP Protein".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 

Thursday-Friday, January 29-30, 2009, Sam & Martha Gibbons Alumni Center
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease
Third Annual Symposium on Chronic Inflammation & Infectious Diseases
For more information please contact Heather Weeks (813-396-9621 or hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology & Infectious Disease, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday, February 2, 2009, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., MDA 1096
USF Health Molecular Medicine: Faculty Candidate Seminar 
Alfredo Torres, PhD, Assistant Professor, Deparment of Microbiology and Immunology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, will present a seminar on "Minotaur and Chiron, Tales of the Zoonotic Pathogens Escherichia coli and Burkholderia mallei".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Marshall Student Center, MSC 3705
Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC) General Assembly and Workshop
Join us for our general GPSC meeting and a workshop on financial planning – something every graduate student should be aware of! Please visit the GPSC website: www.gpsc.usf.edu the most up-to-date information available on any events/services provided by GPSC which is funded by your graduate student fees! All graduate students are welcome to be members of the GPSC and participate in our organization events.

Monday, February 9, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507
USF Health Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology - Special Seminar
Carl L. Faingold, PhD, Professor and Chairman of Pharmacology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will present a seminar on "A Potential Common Neuronal Network Site of the Actions of Anticonvulsants in Anxiety, Pain and Epilepsy".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDN 2002
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research: 2009 Seminar Series
Alan Daugherty, PhD, DSc, Gill Foundation Chair in Preventive Cardiology , Professor of Medicine and Physiology, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, will present a seminar on "Angiotensin II- An Old Peptide that Provides New Insights into Vascular Pathologies".
Please RSVP to Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 

Friday, February 13, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
USF Health Molecular Medicine Seminar Series
Timothy Boyd, Doctoral Student, Molecular Medicine Department, University of South Florida, will present a seminar on "A Reevaluation of the Inverse Relationship between Rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's disease".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer).

Friday, February 20, 2009, All day, USF Health Auditorium and USF Health Rotunda
19th Annual USF Research Day
Keynote Lecturer: John Carlos Burnett, Jr, MD, Marriott Family Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Director of the Cardiorenal Research Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.
7:30 - 8:00 a.m.: Registration and Poster set up
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.: Poster Session, USF Health Rotunda, CON Foyer, CON Atrium
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Oral Presentations Session, MDA 1096
12:30 - 1:00 p.m.: Lunch, USF Health North Breezeway (courtyard)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.: 13th Annual Roy H. Behnke Distinguished Lectureship presented by John Carlos Burnett, Jr, MD, Marriott Family Professor of Cardiovascular Research, Director of the Cardiorenal Research Laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. "Natriuretic Peptides and Drug Discovery for Cardiovascular Disease: Translation from Bench to Bedside", USF Health Auditorium
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Awards Ceremony, USF Health Auditorium
Sponsored by: College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Internal Medicine, Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research.
 
Friday, February 27, 2009, 9:00 a.m., Johnnie B. Byrd, Sr. Alzheimer's Center & Research Institute
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"" by Yelenis Herrera (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology). Yelenis' major professor is Javier Cuevas, PhD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration in ALZ101 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
 

Friday, February 27, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
USF Health Molecular Medicine Seminar Series
Lisa Salati, PhD, Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Biochemistry, West Virginia University, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV, will present a seminar on "Nutrients and alternative mRNA splicing".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer).

Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005 
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar 
Jason Smith, PhD, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, will present a seminar on "Defensin-mediated Neutralization of Adenovirus Infection".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 6:00 p.m., CON Atrium (gathering space) 
Dine with the Deans event
The student leaders of COM, COPH, and CON cordially invite you to join Deans Klasko, Petersen, Burns, and Wathington at the annual Dine with the Deans event. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine will be served. This is an excellent opportunity for students and Deans from various colleges within USF Health to interact.
 
Friday, March 6, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar 
Edward Mocarski, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, will present a seminar on "Regulation of latency of human cytomegalovirus".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer).
 
Saturday, March 7, 2009, 7:00 p.m. - Midnight, The Florida Aquarium 
2009 USF Health Esculapian Ball
E-ball is an annual event for USF Health that is put on to promote inter-professionalism among students, faculty and staff from the different colleges. It is a formal evening that allows everyone to have a nice break from studying and working. This year there will be Hors d’ oeuvres, a 3 course meal, drinks, live music and dancing, and both a silent and live auction to benefit Project World Health.
 
Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar 
Dianna Willis, PhD, A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE, will present a seminar on "Extracellular cues regulate axonal mRNA localization".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Thursday, March 12, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
Luis Quadri, PhD, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, will present a seminar on "Biosynthesis and inhibition of bacterial small-molecule virulence factors: Novel routes to anti-infectives".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research: 2009 Seminar Series
Lawrence L. Rudel, PhD, Professor and Section Head, Department of Pathology/Lipid Sciences, Professor of Biochemistry, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC, will present a seminar on "ACAT2 and Cholesteryl Oleate: Unrecognized Villians in Atherosclerosis".
Please RSVP to Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Friday, March 20, 2009, 9:00 a.m., MDA 1097 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Intradermal Delivery of Plasmids Encoding Angiogenic Growth Factors by Electroporation Promotes Wound Healing and Neovascularization" by Bernadette Ferraro (Department of Molecular Medicine). Bernadette's major professor is Richard Heller, PhD (Professor and Executive Director, Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA).
 
Friday, March 20, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MDA 1097 
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
John W. Harmon, MD, Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present a seminar on "Electroporation Delivery of Plasmid DNA Encoding Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 alpha to Improve Dermal Wound Healing".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 

Monday, March 23, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507 
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Spring 2009 Seminar Series
Jennifer Daily, graduate student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, will present a seminar on "Exploring Potential Therapeutics using a Mouse Model for Angelman Syndrome-type Human Mental Retardation".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 4:00 p.m., Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, Moffitt Cancer Center
Couch Research Lectureship
Take this opportunity to hear a world renowned Nobel Laureate, Dr. Harald zur Hausen. He was awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that the human papilloma virus (HPV) caused cervical cancer. The presentation is at 4 p.m. with a reception immediately following.
Sponsored by the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

Friday, March 27, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
Alan P. Fields, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Chair for the Department of Cancer Basic Research at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, will present a seminar on "Protein Kinase C Signaling in Lung Cancer".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer).

Friday, April 3, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Embassy Suites on the USF Tampa Campus 
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research Annual Symposium
For more information please contact Heather Weeks (813-396-9621 or hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009, 3:00-5:00 p.m., BEH 318 (Graduate School Conference Room) 
Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC) Meeting and Workshop on Loan Consolidation (Graduate Leverage)
Food will be provided. The event is free to the USF Community. Please RSVP to gpsc@grad.usf.edu..
 
Thursday, April 9, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
"Work in Progress" Seminar
Bernadette Marrero, Doctoral Student, Molecular Medicine Department, University of South Florida, will present a seminar on "Developing a treatment regimen against melanoma by delivering plasmid IL-15 intratumoral using electroporation".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, April 10, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
Amy Hinchey-Donate, Doctoral Student, Molecular Medicine Department, University of South Florida, will present a seminar on "Electrically Mediated delivery of a DNA vaccine against Bacillus anthracis to induce protective immunity".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer).
 

Monday, April 13, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MDC 1507 
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Spring 2009 Seminar Series
Drew Rideout, graduate student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, will present a seminar on "Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Attenuates Obesity-Related Liver Injury".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 9:00 a.m.,  
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"" by Aaron Hall (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology). Aaron's major professor is Keith Pennypacker, PhD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology).

Friday, April 17, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., USF Health Auditorium
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
Ingrid Bahner, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, University of South Florida, will present a seminar on "CD34+ cell mediated manipulation of the immuine response".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. Supported by funds from the Clinical Virology Symposium (Steven Specter, PhD, Organizer).

Monday, April 20, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507 
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Spring 2009 Seminar Series
Jared Ehrhart, graduate student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, will present a seminar on "Manipulation of Microglial Activation: Therapeutic Intervention for Neurodegenerative Disease".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., ALZ 001
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience: 2009 Seminar Series
Mibel Pabon, graduate student, University of South Florida Health, will present a seminar on "AAV9-mediated expression of Human wild type alpha synuclein as a Parkinson’s disease model: an observation of immunological effects, spirulina enhanced diet and fracktalkine treatment".
Please RSVP to Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, College of Medicine, USF Health.
 
Friday, April 24, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
Luc G. Berthiaume, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, will present a seminar on "Live and Let Die: the role of protein fatty acylation in apoptosis cancer and metabolism".
Sponsored by the Molecular Medicine Department, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday, April 27, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507 
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Spring 2009 Seminar Series
Antoinette Bailey, graduate student, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, will present a seminar on "sAPP-α and Neurodevelopment: A potential mouse model of autism".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
College of Medicine, Office of Research, Seminar
Byeong Cha, PhD, Core Facility Manager, Lisa Muma Weitz Laboratory for Advanced Microscopy and Cell Imaging, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Seeing is Believing: In Vivo Biochemistry of Cytoplasmic Organization".
Sponsored by the College of Medicine, Office of Research, USF Health.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m., MDL 1005
College of Medicine, Office of Research, Seminar
Jay C. Buckey, Jr., MD, Medical Director, Hyperbaric Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, will present a seminar on "The NeuroLab Space Shuttle Mission: Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-90)".
Please confirm your attendance with Connie Carr (ccarr1@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the College of Medicine, Office of Research, USF Health.

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDA 1097
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease: 2009 Seminar Series
Neeraj Vij, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics – Pulmonary Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will present a seminar on "Ubiquitin Mediated Proteasomal Degradation and Chronic Airway Disease Pathogenesis".
Please RSVP to Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease, USF Health.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research: 2009 Seminar Series
Jonathan Seidman, PhD, Henrietta B. and Frederick H. Bugher, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, will present a seminar on "Inherited Cardiomyopathies: Improved Gene Based Diagnosis and Mechanism through High-throughput DNA Sequencing".
Please RSVP to Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, USF Health.

Thursday, May 14, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., ALZ 101
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
Henry Paulson, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, will present a seminar on "".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, May 15, 2009, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m., Marshall Student Center, 2100C Royal Palm Ballroom 
AMSGS Annual Awards Banquet
The AMSGS recognizes the accomplishments of its members.

Monday, May 18, 2009, 9:00 a.m, MDN 2007 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Cannabinoids Induce Immunoglobulin Class Switching to IgE in B Lymphocytes" by Marisela Agudelo (Department of Molecular Medicine). Marisela's major professor is Thomas Klein, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration in MDC 1507 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Monday, May 18, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., ALZ 101
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
David Borchelt, PhD, University of Florida, will present a seminar on "".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday, May 18, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Lecture Series Seminar
Gayle Baldwin, PhD, University of California, Los Angelels, CA, will present a seminar on "Modeling Interactions between HIV and and Non-Injection Drugs of abuse in Humanized mice".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009, 9:00 a.m., ALZ101 (Byrd Alzheimer's Center) 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Recombinant AAV Gene Therapy and Delivery for Alzheimer's Disease" by Nikisha Carty (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology). Nikisha's major professor is David Morgan, PhD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology).

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology Special Guest Lecturer
Maria Nurminskaya, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Tufts University School of Medicine, will present a seminar on "Mechanisms of bone development: regulation by transglutaminases".
For more information contact Rochelle Morris (rmorris@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Chad Dickey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Pharmacologically tuning Hsp70 chaperoning activity in tauopathies".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Gene Ness, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Application of in vivo Electroporation to Identifying Hormone Response Elements and Transcription Factors".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, June 5, 2009, 10:00 a.m., MDA 1096 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Identification and Characterization of Mitochondrial Genome Concatemers in AIDS-Associated Lymphomas and Lymphoma Cell Lines" by Felipe Bedoya (Department of Molecular Medicine). Felipe's major professor is Peter Medveczky, MD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Friday, June 5, 2009, 2:00 p.m., MDA 1096
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
Michael Schmale, PhD, Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, Division of Marine Biology & Fisheries, University of Miami, FL, will present a seminar on "A Parasite of Mitochondria? A Virus-like Agent in Neurogenic Tumors of a Tropical Marine Fish".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Huntington Potter, PhD, Professor and Endowed Chair, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Role of Chromosome Missegregation in Age-Related Diseases".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 9:00 a.m, MDL 1005 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Thyroid Hormone Regulation of Cholesterol Metabolism" by Lindsey Boone (Department of Molecular Medicine). Lindsey's major professor is Gene Ness, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in MDC 3510.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
Edwards Park, PhD, Professor, University of Tennessee Memphis, Health Sciences Center, will present a seminar on "Regulation of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Kinase 4 by Thyroid Hormone: Role of PGC-1α".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday, June 29, 2009, 1:00 p.m, MDL 1005 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"PLP-dependent α-oxoamine synthases: phylogenetic analysis, structural plasticity, and structure-function studies on 5-aminolevulinate synthase" by Tracy Turbeville (Department of Molecular Medicine). Tracy's major professor is Gloria Ferreira, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
Ann Smith, MBB, PhD, Professor, University of Missouri Kansas City, will present a seminar on "Cytoprotection by hemopexin: mechanisms and molecules".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 1:30 p.m, MDL 1005 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Heme Biosynthesis: Molecular Recognition and Dynamics of Catalysis in 5-Aminolevulinate Synthase" by Thomas Lendrihas (Department of Molecular Medicine). Thomas' major professor is Gloria Ferreira, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in MDC 1507.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
Samuel Beale, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Brown University, will present a seminar on "Tetrapyrrole biosynthesis in Chlamydomonas".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, July 2, 2009, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., MDC 1507
USF Health Office of Research -- Dharmacon Technical Seminar Series
Kirsteen Maclean, PhD, Field Application Specialist, Dharmacon Products, will present a seminar on "miRNA expression profiling and the use of miRIDIAN miRNA mimics and inhibitors -- tools for understanding miRNA biology and biomarker discovery".
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) operate as key regulators of gene expression by repressing mRNA translation or targeting transcripts for degradation. Recent reports on the role of miRNAs in development and differentiation suggest novel opportunities to employ synthetic miRNA mimics and inhibitors as molecular tools in a variety of applications. These applications include miRNA expression profiling for prognostic or diagnostic indicators of normal or disease states or screening with synthetic miRNA mimics and inhibitors to elucidate key regulators of specific biological pathways. In this talk we'll review examples of miRNA-based studies to highlight the utility of these tools in basic biology and drug discovery platforms.
Sponsored by the Office of Research, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
John Hassell, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Tissue engineering using collagen scaffolds".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, July 9, 2009, 3:00 p.m., MDL 1005
USF Health Special Seminar
Henry M. Colecraft, PhD, Associate Professor, Physiology and Cellular Biophysics, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, will present a seminar on "Rem GTPase inhibition of voltage-dependent calcium channels: mechanisms and applications".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research and Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, USF Health.

Friday, July 10, 2009, 9:00 a.m., MDL 10005 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Glycosylation Modulates Cardiac Excitability by Altering Voltage-Gated Potassium Currents" by Tara A. Schwetz (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology). Tara's major professor is Eric S. Bennett, PhD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Robert Deschenes, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Protein Palmitoylation".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Duane Eichler, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Argininosuccinate Synthase from the Urea Cycle to the Citrulline-NO Cycle".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Andreas Seyfang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Tomar Ghansah, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Niketa Patel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Regulation of Alternative Splicing of PKCdelta Isoforms".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Matt Smith, PhD Candidate, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "PRDI-BF1/Blimp-1 Regulates Interferon Gamma Production in Human Natural Killer Cells".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, August 20, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology Guest Lecture
Adam Marcus, PhD, Assistant Professor, Hematology and Oncology, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, will present a seminar on "Regulation of cancer cell polarity and motility through the LKB1 tumor suppressor pathway".
Sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information contact Rochelle Morris (rmorris@health.usf.edu).

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology Guest Lecture
Cezary Marcinkiewicz, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology College of Science and Technology, Department of Biology, Temple University, will present a seminar on "Interaction of alpha9ß1 integrin with thrombospondin-1 and NGF in progression of astrocytic tumors".
Sponsored by the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information contact Rochelle Morris (rmorris@health.usf.edu).

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Tracy Sherwood, PhD Candidate, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday August 27, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 2301
Lisa Muma Weitz Advanced Microscopy and Cell Imaging Core Laboratory Seminar Series
Speaker: Butch Granada, PerkinElmer Inc.
Topic: UltraView VoX and Volocity Cellular Imaging Seminar
Sponsored by the Office of Research, College of Medicine, USF Health. Please contact Byeong Cha, PhD (bcha@health.usf.edu; 813-396-2535) for more information.

Friday, August 28, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Michael White, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Coordinated progression through two subtranscriptomes underlies replication of the AIDS pathogen, Toxoplasma gondii".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, August 28, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., ALZ 101 Byrd Alzheimer Institute
Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience Research: 2009 Seminar Series
Gary W. Daughdrill, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology, Center for Biomolecular Identification and Targeted Therapeutics, University of South Florida, will present a seminar on "Investigating Protein Structure, Function and Dynamics using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy".
Please RSVP to Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, USF Health.

Saturday, August 29, 2009, (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.), Picnic area btwn MDL and the pond
AMSGS Welcome Back BAR-B-QUE
Sponsored by the Association of Medical Science Graduate Students, USF Health and Florida Blood Services.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Burt Anderson, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, September 3, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speaker: Jonathan Rios-Doria, PhD, Head Of Preclinical Development, Intezyne Technologies.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Friday, September 4, 2009, (11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), Parking Lot 31
AMSGS Blood Drive
Sponsored by the Association of Medical Science Graduate Students, USF Health and Florida Blood Services.
https://www.fbsdonor.org/index.cfm?group=op&hlc=05176

Friday, September 4, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Narasaiah Kolliputi, PhD, Research Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, will present a seminar on "Exogenous Administration of SOCS-1 by Gene Transfer Provides Protection against Hyperoxia-Induced Lung Injury".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine and the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease, USF Health.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Umesh Jinwal, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDC 1507
AMSGS September Luncheon
Sponsored by the Association of Medical Science Graduate Students.

Friday, September 11, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Gary Daughdrill, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology and Florida Center of Excellence for Biomolecular Identification and Targeted Therapeutics, will present a seminar on "Structure, Function and Evolution of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: MJ Holloway, PhD Candidate, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speaker: Derek G. Hennecke, MBA, President, Chief Executive Officer, Xcelience Formulation Development.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Friday, September 18, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Heather A. Drummond, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center, will present a seminar on "Degenerin proteins in vascular function".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine and the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, USF Health.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Peter Medveczky, MD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health, will present a seminar on "Germline Transmission of Latent Herpesvirus Genome".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, September 25, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Keiran Smalley, PhD, Assistant Professor, The Comprehensive Melanoma Research Center & Program, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, will present a seminar on "".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 9:00 a.m., MDL 1005 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Co-transcriptional Splicing and Functional Role of PKC-ß in Insulin-sensitive L6 Skeletal Muscle Cells and 3T3-L1 Adipocytes" by Eden Kleiman (Department of Molecular Medicine). Eden's major professor is Denise R. Cooper, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speaker: Carlos Santos, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Accentia Biopharmaceuticals / Biovest International.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Friday, October 2, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Carol Williams, PhD, Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin, will present a seminar on "Interaction of SmgGDS Splice Variants with Prenylated and Non-Prenylated Small GTPases in Lung Cancer".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday - Friday, October 5-9, 2009
University of South Florida Research Week: ResearchOne
Sponsored by the Office of Research and Innovation, University of South Florida.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Jesse Arbuckle, PhD Candidate (CQE), Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Pathology & Cell Biology Seminar
Kyle Roux, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Medicine, University of Florida, will present a seminar on "LINCs between the nuclear envelope and disease".
Please confirm your attendance with Heather Weeks (hweeks@health.usf.edu). Sponsored by the Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m., Interdisciplinary Research Building Galleria and Oakview Room
USF Graduate Student Research Symposium
Sponsored by The Graduate School, University of South Florida.

Thursday, October 8, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDA 1097
Nanomedicine Research Center Faculty Candidate Guest Lecture
Mithilesh Jha, PhD, Department of Immunology, Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, will present a seminar on "Molecular and Cellular Choreography of Ltype Calcium Channels in the Immune Systems Emerging Roles and Future Perspectives".
Please RSVP to aladha@health.usf.edu. Sponsored by the College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, October 9, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Said Sebti, PhD, Chair and Program Leader, Drug Discovery, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, will present a seminar on "Signal Transduction, a Goldmine of Anti-Cancer Targets: From Chemical Biology to Hypothesis-Driven Clinical Trials".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, October 9, 2009, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., MDA 1096
Nanomedicine Research Center Faculty Candidate Guest Lecture
Srihivas Nagaraj, PhD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, will present a seminar on "Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells as Regulators of Immune System".
Please RSVP to aladha@health.usf.edu. Sponsored by the College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Yu Chen, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., MDL 1005
External Chair for Dissertation Defense Special Lecture
Thomas Wisnieski, MD, Professor, New York University, NY, will present a seminar on "Therapeutic Approaches for Alzheimer's and Prion Diseases".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., MDC 3510
Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Special Seminar
Hari Subramanian, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, University Medical College of Groningen, Netherlands, will present a seminar on "Breathing Control: Role of Midbrain Circuitry".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005 
AMSGS Monthly Luncheon
Sponsored by the Association of Medical Science Graduate Students and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 1:00 p.m., ALZ 101 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"The Role of a-1-Antichymotrypsin in the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease" by Steven P. Bennett (Department of Molecular Medicine). Steven's major professor is Huntington Potter, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in MDC 3508.

Wednesday - Friday, October 14-16, 2009, Blaise Alfano Center, Tampa
2009 FCoE-BITT Symposium on Drug Design, Discovery and Delivery
Additional information can be found at the FCoE-BITT Symposium website (http://www.bitt.usf.edu/symposium.htm). Sponsored by the Florida Center of Excellence for Biomolecular Identification and Targeted Therapeutics at the University of South Florida. Please contact Diane Kalafut, Fiscal Business Analyst, for more information (dkalafut@bitt.usf.edu; 813-974-7374).

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speaker: Sue Ann Berend, PhD, Laboratory Director, Genzyme Genetics.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Kenneth Ugen, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, October 23, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Oscar C. Marroquin, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, will present a seminar on "Renal Dysfunction is the New "Diabetes": Challenges in Treating Patients with Renal Dysfunction and Coronary Artery Disease".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine and the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, USF Health.

Friday, October 23, 2009, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Peabody's Billiards 
Graduate Professional Student Council (GPSC) Fall Social
Join the GPSC and co-sponsor, the Graduate Assistants United (GAU) for food, pool, and darts. Please RSVP to gpsc@grad.usf.edu with the number of attendees.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Awet Tecleab, PhD Candidate, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speaker: Todd Daviau, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Magellan Bioscience.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Friday, October 30, 2009, 9:30 a.m., MDC 1507 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"The Effect of Growth Factors on the Corneal Stroma Extracellular Matrix Production by Keratocytes" by LaTia S. Etheredge (Department of Pathology and Cell Biology). LaTia's major professor is John Hassell, PhD (Departments of Molecular Medicine and Pathology and Cell Biology).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Friday, October 30, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Eric Hendrickson, PhD, University of Minnesota, Masonic Cancer Center, will present a seminar on "Ku, one ring to rule them all: telomeres, gene targeting and DNA repair".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday, November 2, 2009, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m., MDL 1003 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"Characterization of NPR-C and its binding parters" by Abdel A. Alli (Department of Molecular Medicine). Abdel's major professor is William Gower, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration.

Monday, November 2, 2009, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MDL 1003
Molecular Medicine Special Seminar
Karnam S. Murthy, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Clinical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, will present a seminar on "Signaling in Gastrointestinal Smooth Muscle in Health and Disease".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., BEH 318 (Graduate School) 
Graduate & Professional Student Council (GPSC) General Assembly Meeting and Stress Management Workshop
The guest speaker from the USF Counseling Center will discuss Stress Management. Please RSVP to gpsc@grad.usf.edu and specify the event and number of attendees (limited seating available). Refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 6, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Subhra Mohapatra, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Molecular Medicine, Internal Medicine & Oncological Sciences, University of South Florida, will present a seminar on "Stromal Epithelial Interactions in Prostate Cancer".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Charles Szekeres, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health will discuss "Flow Cytometry: Numbers don’t lie* (*or how to catch if they do)".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday, November 12, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speakers: Seyoung Jang, PhD, Chief Executive Officer and Edward Turos, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Nanopharma Technologies.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Friday, November 13, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Paul Lieberman, PhD, Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program, The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA will present a seminar on "Mechanisms of Genome Maintenance: Lessons from Gammaherpesvirus Latency".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Monday, November 16, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Fall 2009 Graduate Seminar Series
Lisa Le, graduate student, will present a seminar on "The Action of Monosodium-Luminol in Alcoholic Fatty Liver in Mice".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Greg Hunter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Thursday - Friday, November 19-20, 2009, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Breezeway near Shimberg Library 
Bake Sale
The AMSGS Relay for Life team, the Lab Rats, will be having a bake sale. Come out and show your support!

Thursday, November 19, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speaker: Pat Lawman, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Morphogenesis.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Friday, November 20, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
David E. Cohen, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, will present a seminar on "START-Domain Mediated Regulation of Hepatic Lipid and Glucose Metabolism".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Jaya Padmanabhan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Graduate School Conference Room, BEH 318 
Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) General Assembly Meeting and Workshop on Loan Consolidation (hosted by Graduate Leverage)
Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to gpsc@grad.usf.edu with the number of attendees.

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 12:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Biotechnology Forum: Seminars on Research and Development in Tampa Bay Companies
Speaker: Jean-Francois Rossignol, MD, PhD, FRSC, Chief Scientific Officer, Romark Laboratories.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health. For more information, please contact Inge Wefes, PhD, Director, USF Biotechnology Master's Program (813-974-5360 or iwefes@health.usf.edu).

Sunday, December 6, 2009, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., USF Health Auditorium/Courtyard
Annual Cultural Fiesta - Celebrating Diversity ... Celebrating America
Come experience…share…enjoy…Diversity! For information on Cultural Fiesta 2009 Click Here!
For additional information please contact Seema Rampersad (srampers@health.usf.edu), Office of Student Diversity and Enrichment.

Monday, December 7, 2009, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., MDC 1507
Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Fall 2009 Dissertation Proposal Presentation
Timetria Bonds, graduate student, will present her proposal entitled "Regulation of Store-Operated Calcium Channels by Opioid Receptors in the Function of Cardiac Neurons". Timetria's major professor is Javier Cuevas, PhD (Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology).
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Thomas Klein, PhD, Professor, Cellular Immunology, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, December 11, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Lincoln Potter, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota, will present a seminar on "Degradation Natriuretic Peptides and Their Guanylyl Cyclase-Linked Receptors: It's Not What You've Been Told!".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine and the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research, USF Health.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine "Work in Progress" Seminar Series
Speaker: Hercules Apostolatos, PhD Candidate, Department of Molecular Medicine, USF Health.
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, USF Health.

Friday, December 18, 2009, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., MDL 1005
Molecular Medicine Fall Seminar Series
Amiya K. Banerjee, PhD, Head, Section of Virology, Department of Molecular Genetics, Lerner Research Institute, will present a seminar on "Multiple functions of the auxiliary protein (C) of human parainfluenza virus type 3".
Sponsored by the Department of Molecular Medicine and the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Disease, USF Health.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Byrd Alzheimer's Institute ALZ 101 
Defense of a Doctoral Dissertation
"On the Involvement of the Low-Density Lipoprotein Receptor in the Pathogenesis and Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease" by Jose F. Abisambra (Department of Molecular Medicine). Joe's major professor is Huntington Potter, PhD (Department of Molecular Medicine).
In anticipation of a successful defense, please attend a celebration from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Byrd Institute, 1st floor.