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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


NO SEMINAR



(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

*** CANCELLED / WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2024 ***
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


SPRING BREAK

TBA


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


Wednesday, March 27


TBA


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

Wednesday, April 3


TBA


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


Wednesday, April 10


TBA


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


Wednesday, April 17


TBA


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


Wednesday, April 24

TBA


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

Wednesday, May 1

(Finals Week)

TBA


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


Wednesday, May 8

TBA


Tao Liang, PhD, Regeneron (host: AAPS)


Wednesday, May 15

TBA


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)
9/18/2023
9/25/2023Manead Khin (Burdette)
10/2/2023
10/9/2023Yu-Shiuan Chang (Ondrus)Elodie Kadjo (Eustaquio)
10/16/2023
10/23/2023Dee Dee Aman (Freitag)Chih-Jia (Bess) Chao - Zhao lab
10/30/2023
11/6/2023Nivida Shete (Tonetti)Luke Harding (Petukhov)
11/13/2023
11/20/2023Cory Matsumoto (Gao)Alex Richardson (Mankin/Vazquez-Laslop) (GEMS)
11/27/2023
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)
1/29/2024
2/5/2024Reggie Woods (Alonzo)Mario Augostinovic (Murphy)
2/12/2024
2/19/2024Isabel Chauvin (Orjala)Dimosthenis Koinas (Bruzik)
2/26/2024
3/4/2024Jingtian (Lee)Yi-Chien Wu (Lee)
3/11/2024
3/18/2024SPRING BREAK
3/25/2024
4/1/2024Ruoci Hu (Jiang)Garrett Buzzard (Villegas)
4/8/2024
4/15/2024Duyen Tran (Rosas)(Sant)
4/22/2024
4/29/2024FINALS WEEK