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NHGRI Division of Intramural Research Seminar Series

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The Division of Intramural Research (DIR) sponsors a monthly series of talks by intramural and special guest speakers celebrating genetics and genomics research. Speakers are selected by NHGRI intramural faculty and trainees and cover research topics of interest to a wide audience.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Seminar titles and other details are updated as information becomes available.

For more information, please contact Dr. Shawn Burgess at burgess@mail.nih.gov.

Upcoming Seminars

Past Seminars

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All times are in EDT.

Hybrid: In-Person and Zoom Webinar (Requires Registration)

Video Recordings

Upcoming Seminars

May 9, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Noura Abul-Husn, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Host: Neil Hanchard

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June 20, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D.
Chief & NIH Distinguished Investigator
Cancer Genetics and Comparative Genomics Branch
National Human Genome Research institute

Host: Susan Persky

September 5, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Genevieve Wojcik, Ph.D., MHS
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Hosts: Charles Venditti and Carol Van Ryzin

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Past Seminars

From GWAS to molecular insights into islet cell dysfunction

April 4, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Anna Gloyn

Anna Gloyn, DPhil
Professor of Pediatrics and of Genetics
Stanford School of Medicine

Dr. Anna L. Gloyn is a Professor of Pediatrics & by Courtesy Genetics, Associate Chair for Basic Research (Pediatrics), Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford University, USA. The over-arching aim of Dr. Gloyn’s research is to use human genetics as a tool to understand cellular and molecular mechanisms for pancreatic beta cell failure in diabetes and related conditions. To achieve this, Dr. Gloyn has deployed several different approaches, including genomics, genome-editing of in vitro human cell models and integrative physiology which she uses to study both monogenic forms of diabetes due to rare mutations which are causal for disease through to common variants present in most of the population which increase an individual’s risk for developing diabetes. Dr. Gloyn’s goal is to capitalize on an improved mechanistic understanding of pancreatic beta cell dysfunction to improve treatment options for patients via the identification of safe and effective therapeutic targets and patient stratification. In addition, Dr. Gloyn is involved in several efforts to integrate genetic data on diabetes heterogeneity into human islet research within the Human Islet Research Network (HIRN).

Host: Francis Collins, Leland Taylor and Cassie Robertson

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Butterfly Spots and Rattlesnake Tales: The Origins of Novelty

March 21, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor and Balo-Simon Chair of Biology, University of Maryland-College Park
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Sean B. Carroll, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized biologist, award-winning author, Emmy-winning film producer, and educational leader. He is currently Distinguished University Professor and Balo-Simon Chair of Biology at the University of Maryland, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His pioneering scientific research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. For his scientific contributions, he has received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, and been elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the European Molecular Biology Organization, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Carroll is the author of six books for general audiences and was the architect of HHMI’s filmmaking initiative to bring great stories about science and nature to broad audiences, and Head of Tangled Bank Studios until late 2023, where he served as executive producer of nearly 50 feature or educational films. The studio’s All That Breathes was the first film to win best documentary at Sundance, Cannes and London, and went on to earn an Academy Award nomination. Other notable films include the Emmy Award-winning docs The Farthest and The Serengeti Rules, the latter of which was based on his book of the same title.

Host: Shawn Burgess

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Insights from Emerging Research Organisms: From Germline Regeneration to the Physics of Beauty

February 1, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Nipam Patel

Nipam H. Patel, Ph.D.
Director, Marine Biological Laboratory
Professor, University of Chicago

Nipam H. Patel, Ph.D., is Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He is a leading scholar in modern evolutionary and developmental biology with specific focus on the evolution of body patterning and segmentation, regeneration of the germline, and structural coloration. His scientific expertise encompasses the development of novel, genetic model organisms for biological study, which can reveal much about human biology; and the application of advanced imaging technologies to probe the fundamental dynamics of living systems. In addition, Dr. Patel is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the author of more than 130 scientific publications.

Hosts: Meru Sadhu and Mudabir Abdullah

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Discovering functional connections between genotype and phenotype via comparative genomics

January 18, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards, Ph.D.
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Chair, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

Dr. Edwards is an evolutionary biologist whose main research areas focus on the evolution of life on earth and the processes that have generated biodiversity.  He uses birds as models to study patterns of speciation, biogeography, evolution of the genome, and the process of adaptation. This work has exposed his lab to a wide range of questions, from the evolution of immune genes and disease resistance to how best to reconstruct the tree of life. In addition, Dr. Edwards is actively engaged in increasing diversity of the workforce in evolutionary and environmental biology.

Host: Adam Phillippy

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Next generation cell therapies for the brain

Marius Werning

Marius Wernig, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Chemical and Systems Biology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Marius Wernig is Professor of Pathology and Co-Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University. He is interested in pluripotent stem cell biology and the molecular determinants of neural cell fate decisions. His laboratory was the first to generate functional neuronal cells reprogrammed directly from skin fibroblasts, which he termed induced neuronal (iN) cells. The lab is working on identifying the molecular mechanisms of induced lineage fate changes, the phenotypic consequences of disease-causing mutations in human neurons, and developing novel therapeutic gene targeting and cell transplantation-based strategies for a variety of monogenetic diseases.

Hosts: William Gahl, May Christine Malicdan and Marie Morimoto

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Mapping the cellular determinants of genome editing systems

September 21, 2023, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Brittany Adamson

Brittany Adamson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Princeton University

Speaker Biography: Dr. Adamson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.  She holds a B.S. in Biology from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics from Harvard University.  She completed postdoctoral training in the Weissman lab of UCSF, with support by Damon Runyan Cancer Research Foundation. There, she pioneered new approaches to study functional genomics in human cells. She currently studies how cells respond to stress and are altered in disease states.

Hosts: Meru Sadhu and Annette Iturralde Guerrero

Please Note: The speaker requested the video recording of her seminar not be made public.

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This event will be presented with real-time captioning. American Sign Language interpreting services are available upon request. Individuals who need interpreting services and/or other reasonable accommodations to participate in this event should contact Britny Kish at britny.kish@nih.gov or the NIH Interpreting Office directly at nih@ainterpreting.com. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance in order to ensure interpreter availability.


Last updated: April 5, 2024