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Past NBS Seminar Speakers

We wish to thank the scientist listed below who have taken the time to share their scientific findings with our faculty, staff and most important, our students.


Name                                                          Speech Title                                  Date                                  Host

2014 Speaker

Fumiaki Imamura, Ph.D.,

Asst. Professor of Pharmacology

Penn State College of Medicine

Birthdate-dependent segregation of olfactory circuitry

June 12, 2014

Samuel Zhang, Ph.D.

Teresa Reyes, Ph.D

Research Assistant, Prof. of Pharmacology

Smilow Center for Translational Research

Philadelphia, PA.

Diet, brain development and executive function: A role for Epigenetics

June 2, 2014

R. Alberto Travagli, Ph.D.

Sabesan Ram Kumar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Optometry

Univ. of California, Berkeley CA

Adaptive Optics for Ophthalmology: Studying visual function and dysfunction in normal and diseased eyes

May 15, 2014

FEVR – Jeff Sundstrom

Jian Feng, Ph.D.,

Neuroscience Dept.,

Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Novel Epigenetic Mechanisms of Cocaine Action and Depression in Mouse Nucleus Accumbens

April 14, 2014

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

  **Faculty Candidate

Terez Shea-Donohue, Ph.D.

Prof. of Radiation Oncology and Medicine

Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine

Dangerous Liaisons: Proteases as Immune Modulators

April 3, 2014

R. Alberto Travagli, Ph.D.

Victor Ruiz-Velasco, Ph.D.

Assc. Vice Chair of Basic Science Research

Penn State College of Medicine – ANesthesiology

G Protein Modulation of Ca Channels

March 27, 2014

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Nicholas Marko, M.D.,

Director, Neurosurgical Oncology

Dept. of Neurosurgery

Geisinger Medical Center

A roadmap for characterization of genotypic and phenotypic variability in glioblastoma at the single-cell level

March 6, 2014

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Thyagarajan Subramanian, M.D.

Professor of Neurology & Neural and Behavioral Sciences, Director, Center PA APDA Referral and Information Center

 Novel optogenetic neuromodulation

 February 6, 2014

 Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

James R Conner, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery, Neural and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics,

 Iron and Neurological Diseases

 January 16, 2014

 Colin J. Barnstable, Chair


2013 Speaker


Lisa A. Briand, Ph.D.

Research Assoc.

Univ. of Pennsylvania


Relapse to Cocaine Seeking: Molecular & Synaptic Mechanism

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Faculty Candidate

Sylvie Bradesi, Ph.D.

Asst. Adjunct Professor

UCLA School of Medicine

Digestive Diseases Div.


Stress and Chronic Diseases: From Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders to Depression

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

  Faculty Candidate

Jun Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Asst. Adjust Prof.-Neurology

Univ of California, San Francisco


Glutamatergic and Dopaminergic Neuroplasticity in the Striatal Circuitry of Addiction

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Faculty Candidate

Christie Fowler, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist,

The Scripps Research Inst.


Novel Neural Pathways in Nicotine Addiction

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Faculty Candidate

Panayotis K. Thanos, Ph.D.

Assc. Research Professor

Stony Brook University


Neuropharmacological, Behavioral and Neuroimaging Assessment of Drug Abuse and Obesity

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Faculty Candidate

Aditi Bhargava, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Surgery

University of California, San Francisco


Stressed or Relaxed: How Do Your Genes Fit?

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Faculty Candidate

Tao Ma, M.D., Ph.D.

Center for Neural Sciences

Alleviation of Alzheimer’s Disease-related Plasticity and Memory Deficits by suppressing PERK-elF2α Signaling

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

 Faculty Candidate

Salvatore L. Stella, Jr., Ph.D.Asst. Professor Univ. Michigan, Kansas City

Ophthalmology & Basic Med. Sciences

Modulation of Neuortransmission  at the first synapse in visual processing

Colin J. Barnstable, Chair

Faculty Candidate

Maartje C.P. Geraedts, PhD                            Anatomy and Neurobiology

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Metabolic Impact of Taste

Andras Hajnal, M.D., Ph.D.

Elia J. Duh, M.D.

Assc. Professor-Ophthalmology

Retina Division

The Johns Hopkiins School of Medicine

Role of Nrf2 in vascular sprouting and angiogenesis

Alistair J. Barber, Ph.D.



 2012 Speakers  

Steven Mifflin, Ph.D.


Univ. of North Texas

Reflex and Neuronal Adaptations to Hypoxia

R. Alberto Travagli, Ph.D.

Gary Mawe, Ph.D.                                         .


Univ. of Vermont

From Molecules to Motion: How inflammation-induced molecular changes in key elements of enteric neural circuitry leads to disruptions in propulsive motility

R. Alberto Travagli, Ph.D

Tamas Horvath

Professor                                            .

Yale Univ.

Hypothalamic hunger promoting neurons regulate lifespan and and higher brain function

Colin Barnstable, Chair

& Andras Hajnal, Ph.D

Shanthi Srinivasan, MD

Associate Prof.

Emory Univ.

Gut Microbiota regulate murine gastrointestinal motility through a toll-like receptor 4 dependent pathway

Colin Barnstable, Chair

Bret N. Smith, Ph.D.


Univ. of Kentucky

Synaptic information processing in the vagal complex: Implications for metabolic regulation

Kirsteen Browning, Ph.D.

Keith A. Sharkey, Ph.D.         :

Chair, IBD Research

Univ. of Calgary

Neuron-glial Interactions in the enteric nervous system novel mechanisms of neuronal cell death in intestinal inflammation

Kirsteen Browning, Ph.D.

Traci A. Czyzyk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Mayo Clinic-Arizona


Common mechanisms of binge-eating and addictive disorders

Colin Barnstable, Chair


2011 Speakers

Diane Witt, MD.

Program Director

Natl Science Foundation

Finding the Best Funding Opportunities at NSF or Life in the FASTLANE

R. Alberto Travagli, Ph.D.

Mark Knuepfer, Ph.D.                                    .

Professor, Pharmacology

St. Louis Univ. School

Autonomic Response Variability to Stress and its Significance

Xiaorui Tang, Ph.D

Ann Schreihofer, Ph.D.                                   .

Assoc. Professor

Univ of North Texas

Cardio-respiratory integration by the caudal ventrolateral medulla

Xiaorui Tang, Ph.D

David Mendelowitz, Ph.D.


George Washington Univ

Effect of Prenatal Nicotine Exposure on Central Cardio- respiratory Function

R. Alberto Travagli, Ph.D.

Lars Larsson, Ph.D. Professor

Uppsala Univ., Sweden

Muscle wasting and myosin loss in ICU patients: Underlying mechanisms, diagnostic methods & specific intervention stratgs.

Xiaorui Tang, Ph.D.

Emmanuel Pothos, Ph.D.                               .

Associate Professor

Tufts Unv

Prenatal Environment and Hedonics of Obesity

Andras Hajnal, Ph.D

Donald A. Wilson, Ph.D.

Research Professor

NY Univ. –Medicine

Learning to Smell: Cortical Plasticity and Olfactory Perceptual Learning

Colin Barnstable, Chair

2010 Speakers


Hayley Foo, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

Univ. of Chicago

Ingestion Analgesia in Health and Sickness

Patricia Sue Grigson, Ph.D.

Samuel Zhang, MD, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Penn State College of Med

A Systems View of Retina Development

Colin Barnstable, Chair

Robert F. Lundy Jr

Asst. Professor

Univ. of Louisville

The Role of Feedback in Central Taste Processing

Andras Hajnal, Ph.D

Samuel Zhang, MD, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Penn State College of Med

Systems Biology of Retina Development

Colin Barnstable, Chair

Peter Thanos, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor

SUNY, StonyBrook

Rodent Models of Obesity and Drug Abuse: The Role of Dopamine and Leptin

Andras Hajnal, Ph.D.

Chen Meihong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chinese Academy of Med.

Random siRNA Library and the Application

Samuel Zhang, MD, Ph.D

Michael Andresen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Oregon Health Univ.

TRPV1 And Tonic Central Glutamate Release-A New Form of Synaptic Transmission

Xiaorui Tang, Ph.D.

Bernhard Luscher, Ph.D.

Penn State Main Campus

The GABAergic deficit hypothesis of Major Depressive Disorder

Ian Simpson, Ph.D.

2009 Speakers

Illana Gozes, Ph.D. Professor/Chief scientific

Officer-Allon Therapeutics


Fighting Tauopathy & Alzheimer’s Disease with AL-108 From the lab bench to proof of concept clinical trials

Colin Barnstable, Chair

James Angelastro, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

University of California Davis, CA


Role of ATF5 in Neural Progenitors and Tumors

David Liu, Ph.D

Thomas Lohmeier, Ph.D.


Univ. of Mississippi

Chronic Lowering  of Blod Pressure by Baroreflex Activation: A Renocentric Perspective

Xiaorui Tang, Ph.D.

Istvan Abraham, MD, Ph.D.                           .

Physiology Dept.

Univ. of Otago, New Zealand


Mechanism and Role of Non-Classical Estrogen Action in Brain

Andras Hajnal, Ph.D

Gregory P. Mark, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science

Portland, Oregon


New Perspectives on the Role of Pontine Cholinergic Pathways in Drug Reward

Andras Hajnal, Ph.D.


Xiaorui Tang, Ph.D.

Asst. Professor

Penn State College of Med

The Rat Baroreflex

Colin Barnstable, Chair



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