Biology Colloquium Series

The Biology Colloquium is a weekly seminar held throughout the academic year, featuring distinguished speakers in many areas of the biological sciences, from universities and institutions worldwide. More information on speakers, their affiliations, and titles of their talks will be added as available. Please check back regularly.

The Colloquium takes place at the Stata Center's Kirsch Auditorium, 32-123, at 4:00PM on most Tuesdays during the school year and January (Please note some location changes as indicated below). Refreshments are served at 3:45 outside the seminar room.

To be added to our mailing list to receive further information and announcements please email: biocolloquium [at] mit.edu.

 

 


Fall 2017

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

9/12 Karla Neugebauer (Yale) "How co-transcriptional processes transmogrify the 'central dogma'" Chris Burge
9/19 Pamela Bjorkman (Cal Tech) www.its.caltech.edu/~bjorker/ "A Molecular Arms Race: The Immune System Versus HIV"  Dennis Kim
9/26 Science Slam Science Slam Vivian Siegel
10/3 Susan Ackerman (UCSD) biology.ucsd.edu/research/faculty/sackerman Translational Fidelity and Neurodegeneration Postdocs
10/17 Michael Sheetz (Columbia) mbi.nus.edu.sg/michael-sheetz/ Rigidity Sensing in Death and Cancer Adam Martin
10/20 Yigong Shi, Sackler lecture (Tsinghua) ygshi.life.tsinghua.edu.cn
https://biology.mit.edu/events/raymond_beverly_sackler_lecture
Atomic Structures of the Human and Yeast Spliceosomes:  Mechanism of pre-mRNA Splicing Phil Sharp
10/24 Adam Martin Cell-based origami: Folding tissues across length scales Alan Grossman
11/14 TBD TBD TBD
11/21 Piyush Gupta Defining the drivers and vulnerabilities of invasive cancers Alan Grossman
11/28 David Baltimore (Cal Tech) www.bbe.caltech.edu/content/david-baltimore  also the (Salvador E. Luria) MicroRNAs Create Regulatory Tension Richard Hynes
12/5 Stephen Harrison (Harvard Medical School) crystal.harvard.edu Kinetochore Structure Cathy Drennan
12/12 Yukiko Yamashita (Univ. of Michigan) www.lsi.umich.edu/labs/yukiko-yamashita-la Asymmetric stem cell division and germ cell immortality Terry Orr-Weaver

IAP 2018

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

1/9
in 10-250

Scott Keeney www.mskcc.org/research-areas/labs/scott-keeney When good breaks go bad: Germline genome rearrangements Angelika Amon
1/16
in 10-250
Erin O’Shea, Ph.D., President HHMI www.hhmi.org/scientists/erin-k-oshea Translational control through differential ribosome pausing during amino acid limitation Chipperfield Graduate Committee
1/23
in 10-250
Luciano Marraffini (Rockefeller) marraffini.rockefeller.edu CRISPR-Cas: acquired immunity in prokaryotes Mike Laub

Spring 2018

Date

Speaker

Title

Host

2/6 Emily Balskus, Harvard University Deciphering the human microbiota using chemistry Cathy Drennan
2/13 Dr. Antonio Giraldez, Yale
http://www.giraldezlab.org/Welcome.html
Deciphering the Regulatory Codes Shaping the Maternal to Zygotic Transition During Development Terry Orr Weaver
2/27

Dr. Ronald Evans, The Salk Institute,
http://www.salk.edu/scientist/ronald-evans/

  Omer Yilmaz 
3/6 Dr. Dominique Bergmann, Stanford
http://web.stanford.edu/group/bergmann/cgi-bin/bergmannlab/
Making a difference: fate and asymmetry in a self-renewing lineage"  Mary Gehring
3/13 Gia Voeltz (Univ. of Colorado) voeltzlab.org mcdb.colorado.edu/directory/Gia_Voeltz TBD Iain Cheeseman
3/20 Russell Vance mcb.berkeley.edu/labs/vance/ "Strategies for cytosolic sensing of bacterial pathogens"  Stefani Spranger
3/27 TBD TBD TBD
4/3 Tony Hyman (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology & Genetics) mpi-cbg.de/research-groups/current-groups/anthony-hyman/group-leader/ hymanlab.mpi-cbg.de/hyman_lab/ TBD postdocs
4/10 Venki Ramakrishnan '09-10 www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/group-leaders/n-to-s/venki-ramakrishnan/ "Terminating translation in 
bacteria and eukaryotes"
Tom RajBhandary 
4/24 Leslie Vosshall
http://vosshall.rockefeller.edu
https://biology.mit.edu/events/francis_o_schmitt_lecture
TBD J. Troy Littleton
5/1 Shelly Berger (UPenn) hosting.med.upenn.edu/berger/
https://biology.mit.edu/events/paul_f_glenn_lecture
"Epigenetic pathways as targets in human disease" Li-Huei Tsai
5/8 David Julius, Rich lecture (UCSF) physio.ucsf.edu/julius/ TBD TBD

 

 

Named Lectures

Thanks to the generousity of our donors, the Biology Colloquium Series has a number of special lectures, named in honor of members of the MIT Biology community: