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Fall 2023

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

Rediscovering Bioactive Natural Products Using Chemoproteomics

Alex Adibekian, PhD, LAS Endowed Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Affiliate Faculty, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, UIC (host: Nancy Freitag)

Friday, October 6

Room 134-1 PHARM 


Psychedelics and Related Plasticity - Promoting Neurotherapeutics

David Olson, PhD, Associate Professor, Departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, Founding Director, UC Davis Institute for Psychedelics and Neurotherapeutics, Co-founder, CIO, Delix Therapeutics, Inc.

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

Delivery of Poorly Soluble Drugs: Dissolution of PVPVA Based Amorphous Solid Dispersions

Geoff G.Z. Zhang, PhD, FAAPS, Senior Research Follow at Development Sciences, Research and Development, AbbVie Inc. (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

Molecular Mechanisms of Recruitment and Assembly of Histone Deacetylase Complexes

Ishwar Radhakrishnan, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University (host: Jose Villegas)

Wednesday, November 22

NO SEMINAR (Day before Thanksgiving)


Wednesday, November 29

Membrane receptor signaling in the placenta, a target for emerging endocrine disrupting chemicals

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

Wednesday, December 6

NO SEMINAR (Finals Week)