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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 (new) 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 Fall 2023

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, August 16


(classes start August 21)

Wednesday, August 23


The Environmental, Health and Safety Office (EHSO) will be presenting an annual chemical laboratory safety training program for the College of Pharmacy. THIS REFRESHER TRAINING SESSION IS INTENDED FOR ALL RETURNING EMPLOYEES/STUDENTS WHO WORK IN OR SUPERVISE PERSONNEL IN WET LABORATORIES.

Wednesday, August 30

Multi-omic approaches to stratify the cysteinome

Keriann Backus, PhD, Alexander and Renee Kolin Term Chair, Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA (host: Terry Moore)

Wednesday, September 6

Transforming Alkaloids to Combat Pain and Addiction

Andrew Riley, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UIC (host: Nancy Freitag)

Wednesday, September 13

Engineering Medicine at Multiscale via Granular Hydrogels

Amir Sheikhi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Penn State University(host: Zongmin Zhao)

Wednesday, September 20

Polypharmacology of Psychedelics and Dissociative Hypnotics: Beyond The Parent Molecule

Cody Wenthur, PharmD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, Director, Psychoactive Pharmaceutical Investigation MS Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison (host: Andrew Riley)

Wednesday, September 27

Translation and Control of Bacterial Behavior

Erin Carlson, PhD, Smith Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota (host: Matt Henke)

Wednesday, October 4


Alex Adibekian, PhD, Full Professor in Chemistry and Endowed Chair, UIC (host: Nancy Freitag)

Wednesday, October 11

Peptide-based Nanomaterials: Progress from Structural Analysis to Design

Vince Conticello, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University (host: Jose Villegas)

Wednesday, October 18


Geoff Zhang, Abbvie (host: AAPS+Rick Gemeinhart)

Wednesday, October 25

Lipidomics-based approaches to study the involvement of lipids in cell fates

G. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen, PhD, Dr. Marjorie E. Winkler Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo The State University of New York (host: Pavel Petukhov)

Wednesday, November 1

Identifying Druggable Targets for Pain and other Central Nervous System Disorders

Matthew W, Buczynski, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Neuroscience, Virginia Tech (host: Paul Carlier)

Wednesday, November 8

Physiologically relevant three-dimensional environments to study cancer: From bench to bedside

Pilar de la Puente, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sanford Research / University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (host: Joanna Burdette)

Wednesday, November 15


Ishwar Radhakrishnan, PhD, Northwestern University (host: Jose Villegas)

Wednesday, November 22

(Day before Thanksgiving)


Wednesday, November 29


Almudena Veiga-Lopez, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Medicine, UIC (host: Jose Villegas)

Wednesday, December 6

NO SEMINAR (Finals Week)


PSCI Trainee Talks Heading link

DateLab 1Lab 2 
August 28, 2023Alex Richardson (Mankin/Vazquez-Laslop) (GEMS)Destiny Durante (Moore)
September 4, 2023LABOR DAY
September 11, 2023Angeliki Andrianopoulou (Gemeinhart)Kevin Kunz (Carlier)
September 18, 2023
September 25, 2023Didi Zha (Burdette)Orjala
October 2, 2023
October 9, 2023Yu-Shiuan Chang (Ondrus)Elodie Kadjo (Eustaquio)
October 16, 2023
October 23, 2023Dee Dee Aman (Freitag)Zhao
October 30, 2023
November 6, 2023Nivida Shete (Tonetti)Luke Hardin (Petukhov)
November 13, 2023
November 20, 2023Cory Matsumoto (Gao)FranzblauThanksgiving week
November 27, 2023
December 4, 2023FINALS WEEK
January 1, 1970Lab 1Lab 2
January 8, 2024Kasra Alizadeh (MMT) (Mankin/Vazquez)Kyle Kremiller (Riley)
January 15, 2024MLK DAY
January 22, 2024Sobita Pathak (Federle)Sarah Bonitatibus (Henke)
January 29, 2024
February 5, 2024Reggie Woods (Alonzo)Murphy
February 12, 2024
February 19, 2024
February 26, 2024
March 4, 2024Lee
March 11, 2024
March 18, 2024PauliSpring vacation, no classes
March 25, 2024
April 1, 2024Ruoci Hu (Jiang)
April 8, 2024
April 15, 2024CheSant
April 22, 2024
April 29, 2024FINALS WEEK
January 1, 1970