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Gill Seminars

Previous Speakers

Upcoming Speakers

October 30, 2017
Benjamin Deneen, Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Developmental Gliogenesis: The Crossroads of Cell Fate and Malignancy in the CNS

Abstract: Astrocytes and oligodendrocytes comprise CNS glia and are the most abundant cell types in the adult brain, executing a vast array of physiological roles essential to brain function, including myelination, synapse formation, neurotransmission, and formation of the blood-brain barrier. Accordingly, glial cells directly contribute to a wide spectrum of neurological disorders, ranging from neurodevelopmental and degenerative, to injury and malignancy. 
            My laboratory seeks to unlock the mysterious and enigmatic biology surrounding glial cell development and function in the brain. Beginning with developmental gliogenesis, we identified  key transcriptional mechanisms controlling the initiation of gliogenesis in the embryonic CNS. Moving towards function, our recent endeavors focused on decoding the cellular and functional diversity of astrocytes in the adult brain. In both cases, we made fundamental observations about the nature of glial cells and directly applied these paradigms to relevant neurological diseases: brain tumors and white matter injury. Therefore my lecture will describe how we made these basic discoveries on the nature of glial cells and the approaches we used to apply these developmental paradigms to neurological disease.

Co-sponsored with Program in Neuroscience

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January 8, 2018
Alison Barth, Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon University

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending

Co-sponsored with Program in Neuroscience

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February 26, 2018
Chiara Cirrelli, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seminar will be held in Psychology, Room 101 at 4:00 p.m.

Title: Pending

Abstract: Pending

Co-sponsored with Program in Neuroscience

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