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Spring 2024

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


Attempts to deliver on the promise of natural products

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

Wednesday, March 27

Chemical methods to monitor and manipulate the proteome

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

Wednesday, April 3

The mechanism of eukaryotic mRNA activation

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

Wednesday, April 10

New tools for flow-based peptide and protein synthesis

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

Wednesday, April 17

Exploring the bacterial terpenome

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

Wednesday, April 24

Exploring Innovative Frontiers: Harnessing Novel Targets for Pain Therapies

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

Wednesday, May 1


(Finals Week)

A chemical biology toolbox for probing A-to-I RNA editing

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

Wednesday, May 8


Integration of Multidisciplinary Knowledge to Accelerate Drug Discovery and Development

Tao Liang, PhD, Associate Director, Translational Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Pharmacology, AbbVie, Inc., Irvine, California (host: AAPS)

Wednesday, May 15


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