Informal and Student Seminars

The Student Seminar Series meets at noon on select Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Second-year students present papers from recent literature. Each student is expected to present two 30-minute presentations during their second year. Presentations are followed by lively discussion, pizza lunch and a closed session with the student presenter and two faculty.

Upcoming Seminars

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High-throughput inference of brain composition and connectivity using single-cell genomics
January 27, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Translating Duke Health welcomes faculty candidate Arpiar Saunders (Harvard Medical School) for the first Monday seminar in this series.
Dynamics of neuronal autophagy and mitophagy in aging and neurodegeneration
January 27, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Please join us for the Duke Center for Neurodegeneration & Neurotherapeutics seminar on January 27th. Our guest speaker is Erika Holzbaur from the University of Pennsylvania, and her talk title is "Dynamics of neuronal autophagy and mitophagy in aging and neurodegeneration". There is a pre-seminar lunch at 12: 30, with the seminar following at 1-2 PM...
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Translating Duke Health Faculty Candidate Seminar
February 3, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Joel Blanchard, PhD, visits from MIT to present a seminar entitled "Reconstruction of the human blood-brain barrier in vitro reveals the pathogenic mechanisms of ApoE4 in cerebral amyloid angiopathy."
Translating Duke Health Faculty Candidate Seminar
February 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Xin Jin, PhD, is visiting from Harvard to give her talk "In vivo Perturb-seq: study gene function at scale." Abstract: The thousands of disease risk genes and loci identified through human genetic studies far outstrip our current capacity to systematically study their functions. I will discuss our attempt to develop a scalable genetic screen approach, in vivo Perturb-Seq, and apply this method to the functional evaluation of 35 autism spectrum disorder (ASD) de novo loss-of-function risk genes. Using CRISPR-Cas9, we introduced frameshift mutations in these risk genes in pools,...
Cognitive maps for navigation in the brain: Simultaneous rigidity and flexibility through modularity
April 9, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Ila Fiete is an Associate Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the McGovern Institute at MIT. Her group seeks to understand why the brain contains particular codes, how the architecture and dynamics of neural circuits shape such codes, and how neural circuit dynamics perform desired computations that unfold over time. They are specifically interested in how the brain learns, holds memories, integrates, and performs cognitive inference and reasoning. They use analytical and computational tools, and their approach includes working closely with collaborators on...