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Department Seminars

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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)