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 reception with light refreshments that follows.


Upcoming Seminars:

Stay tuned for the Fall 2017 Schedule



Some of our past speakers have included:

“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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