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Seminar Programs

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences offers the following types of seminars:

  • a regular Departmental (PSCI 595) Seminar Series with seminars presented by invited speakers from both UIC and other institutions (currently scheduled on Wednesdays at 11:30am in the College of Pharmacy)
  • a Trainee Talks Series with short seminars presented by Postdocs and Graduate Students from or affiliated with the department (currently scheduled for alternating Monday mornings in the MBRB Auditorium)
  • special seminars that are either presented on a recurring basis (often annually as with the Farnsworth and Webster-Sibilsky Lecture series) or on an ad-hoc basis

Upcoming PSCI Seminars Heading link

Seminar Schedule Spring 2024

Seminars in Pharmaceutical Sciences

(In-person seminars are Wednesdays at 11:30 AM in Room B32 PHARM in Chicago and via remote for Rockford unless otherwise noted)

Course Coordinator: Matt Henke  | José Villegas

Wednesday, January 3


(classes start January 8)

Wednesday, January 10

Microbiome in intestinal and extraintestinal disorders

Jun Sun, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology,  College of Medicine, UIC (hosts: Nancy Freitag & Matt Henke)

Wednesday, January 17

Leveraging endocrine vulnerabilities in advanced ER+ breast cancer

Todd W. Miller, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Pathology, Christine Hamilton Foote Endowed Chair, Co-Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Research Program, Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center (host: Debra Tonetti)

Wednesday, January 24

Mitochondria engage the Integrated Stress Response and RhoA GTPase signaling to support tumor progression

Cecilia Caino, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Denver (host: Shilpa Sant)

Wednesday, January 31

Mapping the Molecular Machines of the Cell

Kevin Drew, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Illinois Chicago (host: José Villegas)

Wednesday, February 7

Engineering the tumor cell niche to study dormancy and drug resistance in metastatic breast cancer

Shreyas Rao, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of Alabama (host: Shilpa Sant)

Wednesday, February 14

Nano-hijacking myeloid cells for brain tumor immunotherapy

Peng Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (host: Zongmin Zhao)

Wednesday, February 21

The Importance of Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development: From Bioanalysis to Dose Finding

Chongwoo Yu, PhD, Office of Clinical Pharmacology (OCP), Office of Translational Sciences (OTS), Center for Drug Evaluation & Research (CDER), US FDA (host: AAPS)

Wednesday, February 28

Using Genetics to Explore Microbe-Host Interactions at the Molecular Level

Chun-Jun (CJ) Guo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Jill Roberts Institute for Research in IBD, Weill Cornell Medicine (host: Matt Henke)

Wednesday, March 6

Discovering New Enzyme Chemistry From Across The Tree of Life

Jonathan Chekan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (host: Matt Henke)

Wednesday, March 13

Illuminating the niches that program the immune response

Michael Gerner, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Washington (host: Steve Lee)

Wednesday, March 20



Ryan Shenvi, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla (host: Andrew Riley)

Wednesday, March 27


Tom Kodadek, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology(host: Yu Gao)

Wednesday, April 3


Ruben Gonzalez, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University (host: José Villegas)

Wednesday, April 10


Nina Hartrampf, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Zurich (host: José Villegas)

Wednesday, April 17


Jeffrey Rudolf, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Florida (host: Brian Murphy)

Wednesday, April 24


Corey Hopkins, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center (host: Terry Moore)

Wednesday, May 1

(Finals Week)


Jen Heemstra, PhD, Professor of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis (host: José Villegas)

Wednesday, May 8


Tao Liang, PhD, Regeneron (host: AAPS)

Wednesday, May 15


Jason Kwan, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences Division, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison (host: Brian Murphy)

PSCI Trainee Talks Heading link

DateLab 1Lab 2
8/28/2023Destiny Durante (Moore)
9/4/2023LABOR DAY
9/11/2023Angeliki Andrianopoulou (Gemeinhart)Kevin Kunz (Carlier)
9/25/2023Manead Khin (Burdette)
10/9/2023Yu-Shiuan Chang (Ondrus)Elodie Kadjo (Eustaquio)
10/23/2023Dee Dee Aman (Freitag)Chih-Jia (Bess) Chao - Zhao lab
11/6/2023Nivida Shete (Tonetti)Luke Harding (Petukhov)
11/20/2023Cory Matsumoto (Gao)Alex Richardson (Mankin/Vazquez-Laslop) (GEMS)
12/4/2023FINALS WEEK
Lab 1Lab 2
1/8/2024Kasra Alizadeh (MMT) (Mankin/Vazquez)Kyle Kremiller (Riley)
1/15/2024MLK DAY
1/22/2024Sobita Pathak (Federle)Sarah Bonitatibus (Henke)
2/5/2024Reggie Woods (Alonzo)Mario Augostinovic (Murphy)
2/19/2024Isabel Chauvin (Orjala)Dimosthenis Koinas (Bruzik)
3/4/2024Jingtian (Lee)Yi-Chien Wu (Lee)
4/1/2024Ruoci Hu (Jiang)Garrett Buzzard (Villegas)
4/15/2024Duyen Tran (Rosas)(Sant)
4/29/2024FINALS WEEK