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Seminar Schedule Spring 2017
Seminars in Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacognosy

(Seminars are Fridays at 11:30 AM in Room 134-3 PHARM in Chicago
and via remote in E223 in Rockford unless otherwise noted)

Friday, January 6


(classes start January 9)

Wednesday, January 11

12 PM 

Room 32 PHARM

"Tissue Distribution, Pharmacokinetics, and Metabolism of Brodifacoum, a Superwarfarin"

Zane Hauck, PhD Candidate, Pharmacognosy (Advisor: Richard van Breemen)

Wednesday, January 11

1 PM 

Room 134-3 PHARM

"Metabolomic Methodology for Botanical Discovery and Standardization of Red Clover and Grape Seed Extracts"

Rasika S Phansalkar, PhD Candidate, Pharmacognosy (Advisor: Guido Pauli)

Friday, January 13

"Pharmacological targeting of potassium channels in breast and ovarian cancer: From autophagy and senescence to therapeutic intervention"

Saverio Gentile, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Loyola University Chicago (host: Joanna Burdette)

Friday, January 20

"Discovery and Biosynthesis of Natural Products for Human Medicine"

Brian O. Bachmann, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University (host: Laura Sanchez)

Friday, January 27

"The Mighty Mitochondrion: A Hub of Redox Signaling"

Sruti S. Shiva, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Co-Director, Center for Metabolism and Mitochondrial Medicine, Director, NO Metabolomics Core Facility, Vascular Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh (host: Douglas Thomas)

Friday, February 3

"Steroids, DNA and Stem Cells in Uterine Disorders: Dangerous Liasons"

Serdar E. Bulun, MD, Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; John J. Sciarra Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (hosts: Judy Bolton and Atieh Hajirahimkhan)

Friday, February 10

College of Pharmacy Research Day
Keynote Presentation: "Mechanism-based discovery of new therapeutic targets in the estrogen receptor signaling pathway in breast cancer" 

Donald P. McDonnell, PhD, Glaxo-Wellcome Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology, Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Co-Director of the Women’s Cancer Program, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Univeristy School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina

Friday, February 17

"Application of Behavioral Pharmacology to Assess the Effects of Psychoactive Compounds"

Steven I. Dworkin, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Illinois University (hosts: Alan Kozikowski and Sida Shen)

Friday, February 24

"The Bench and the Computer Terminal: Joining Experiment and Computation to Study Estrogen Receptor Activity in Breast Cancer"

Christopher G. Mayne, PhD, Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (host: Terry Moore)

Friday, March 3

"Elucidation of the Nucleic Acid-Derived Endogenous Exposome"

Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich, Dr. Rer. Nat, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; Director, International Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention; Director, Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence, The University of Toledo, Ohio (host: Judy Bolton)

Friday, March 10


Nicholas H. Oberlies, PhD, Professor, Medicinal Chemistry & Pharmacognosy, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, The University of North Carolina Greensboro (host: Joanna Burdette)

Friday, March 17

"Natural product biosynthesis in uncultured marine bacterial symbionts"

Jason Kwan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin - Madison (host: Laura Sanchez)

Friday, March 24

Annual Norman R Farnsworth Lectureship in Pharmacognosy

Prof. Dr. Otto Sticher, PhD, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Thursday, March 30

11:00 AM

Room 231 PHARM

Special Seminar:
"Fusion of Pharmacognosy and Chinese Herbal Medicines – a scientific approach to rationalize the use of traditional medicine"

Professor Clara Lau, Associate Director, Institute of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (host: C.T. Che)

Friday, March 31


Geoffrey L. Greene, PhD, Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Professor and Chair, The Ben May Department for Cancer Research; Professor, The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Associate Director of Basic Sciences, Cancer Research Center, The University of Chicago (host: Terry Moore)

Friday, April 7

MIKI 2017

April 7 – 9, 2017 at University of Minnesota

Friday, April 14


Sarah J. Robinson, Scientist, Genentech, South San Francisco, California (host: Laura Sanchez)

Friday, April 21


Emily Balskus, PhD, Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Harvard University (host: Alessandra Eustaquio)

Friday, April 28


Lars Dietrich, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University in the City of New York (host: Laura Sanchez)

Friday, May 5

Room TBA

Webster-Sibilsky Lecture

Kerry McPhail, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Oregon State University

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