Under the Microscope Speaker Series

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The Under the Microscope Speaker Series began in 2012 with the goal of building a community of learners amongst HBU students and faculty by inviting scientists to share their current biological research endeavors in a scientific seminar format. The speaker series engages students by challenging them to apply their textbook and classroom knowledge to the scientific research being presented, and encouraging discussion about research and trending scientific topics. The HBU Biology department aims to bring Athens and Jerusalem together with our Under the Microscope Speaker Series, especially as it educates our students, making their world “deeper, denser, and more beautiful” (Pillar Seven, “The Ten Pillars”).


All students and faculty are welcome to attend the seminars and the receptions with light refreshments that follow.


Spring 2018 Seminars:


March 7, 2018   5pm   Mabee Theater

“Genetic susceptibility to leukemia in pediatric patients”

Philip Lupo, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Co-Director, Epidemiology Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Centers

HBU Alum


April 4, 2018   5pm   Mabee Theater

“Molecular mechanisms that contribute to cartilage-related conditions”

Karen Posey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

McGovern Medical School, UT Health


May 2, 2018   5pm   Mabee Theater

“Structure-function-environment relationship of cardiac valves”

Jane Grande-Allen, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Bioengineering

Integrative Matrix Mechanics Laboratory

George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University



Some of our past speakers have included:

“A single-dose live-attenuated Zika vaccine”

Pei-Yong Shi, Ph.D.

I.H. Kempner Professor of Human Genetics

Vice Chair for Innovation and Commercialization

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

University of Texas Medical Branch



“Genetic and epigenetic laboratory methods to study the epidemiology of autism”

Megan Grove, M.S.

Principal Laboratory Scientist

Human Genetics Center, Department of Epidemiology

School of Public Health, UT Health Science Center


“The p53 tumor suppressor pathway”

Guillermina Lozano, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics

UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center



“Topical Retinoids: Therapeutic Mechanisms in the Treatment of Photodamaged Skin”

Ryan Riahi, M.D.

Dermatologist, DermSurgery Associates

HBU Alum



“The fungal pathogen Candida albicans subverts immune function through specialized metabolic adaptations”

Michael Lorenz, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

McGovern Medical School, UT Health



“Why We Need Physician Scientists”

Dianna Milewicz, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Internal Medicine; Director, M.D./Ph.D. Program, McGovern Medical School, UT Health



“Key Concepts and Principles of Learning and Memory”

John Byrne, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, McGovern Medical School, UT Health


“Tube or not tube: Wnt signaling in kidney tubulogenesis”

Rachel Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McGovern Medical School, UT Health



“Undiagnosed Disease and the Use of Flies in Diagnoses”

Hugo Bellen, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor, Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics and Neuroscience, HHMI Investigator, Baylor College of Medicine



“Adipose Stromal Cell: Therapeutic Use, Pathological Roles, and Targeting”

Mikhail Kolonin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor/Director, Center for Metabolic and Degenerative Diseases, McGovern Medical School, UT Health



“Protein Misfolding at the Root of Brain Diseases: Strategies for Treatment and Diagnosis”

Claudio Soto, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurology, McGovern Medical School, UT Health


“Inhibition of Candida albicans biofilms and virulence by Enterococcus faecalis bacteriocin, EF1097”

Carrie Graham, M.S.

Graduate Student, McGovern Medical School, UT Health





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