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Student-Hosted Seminar Series

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Each year NUIN invites to campus several highly distinguished neuroscientists as part of the Student Hosted Seminar Series (SHSS). Potential SHSS speakers are selected and invited by a committee of NUIN students and postdocs. Each event is organized by a team of one or two members from the committee that works closely with the speaker to arrange all aspects of their visit, including travel and itinerary. The SHSS Committee is advised by Dr. Genia Kozorovitskiy, Associate Professor in the Neurobiology Department. 

Previous Speakers:

Evelina G. Fedorenko, PhD; Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“The language system in the human mind and brain”
November 7, 2019, 4:30pm, Chicago campus in Ward 5-230
Student Host: Shruti Dave

Katalin Toth, PhD; Centre de recherche Universite Laval Robert-Giffard
“Information coding and calcium dynamics at hippocampal mossy fibre synapses”
August 15, 2019, 11:30am, Pancoe Auditorium
Student Host: Chris Vaaga

Massimo Scanziani, PhD; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UCSF School of Medicine
“Motion Sensing in Visual Cortex Through Two Parallel Pathways.”
March 29, 2019, Ward 5-230
Student Host: Devon Greer

Bernardo Sabatini, MD, PhD; Blavatnik Institute of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
“Atypical Circuitry of the Basal Ganglia – Consideration for Action Selection and Evaluation.”
January 7, 2019, McGaw Auditorium
Student Hosts: Maria Nguyen, Tina Tang

Liqun Luo, PhD; Stanford University
“Connections and Communications Between Distributed Neural Circuits.”
October 15, 2018; Swift 107
Student Host: Anant Jain

Sarah M.N. Woolley, PhD; Columbia University
“Tuning the Auditory System for Vocal Communication.”
April 18, 2018, Pancoe Auditorium
Student Host: Grace Bellinger

Baljit Khakh, PhD; University of California, Los Angeles
“Cells that Tile Your Brain: Astrocyte Roles in Neural Circuits.”
December 6, 2017, Ward 5-230
Student Host: Arin Pamukcu

Naoshige Uchida, PhD; Harvard University
“Multiple dopamine systems.”
June 8, 2017, Ward 5-230
Student Host: Amurta Nath

Veronica Alvarez, PhD; NIAAA, Investigator, Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience
“Dopamine effects on striatal circuitry and the multiple mechanisms that trigger its release.”
March 9, 2017, Ward 5-230
Student Host: Asha Lahiri

Yang Dan, PhD; University of California, Berkeley, HHMI
“Neural circuits controlling sleep.”
December 1, 2016, Pancoe Auditorium
Postdoc Host: Daniel Wood, PhD

Marla Feller, PhD;  University of California, Berkeley
“Wiring up a circuit to perform computations: development of direction selectivity.”
September 29, 2016, Tech Ryan Family Auditorium
Student Host: Dominic Frank

Peter Jonas, PhD; Institute of Science and Technology (IST), Austria
“Synaptic mechanisms of pattern completion.”
May 6, 2016, Lurie – Hughes Auditorium

Cristina Alberini, PhD; NYU
“Molecular mechanisms of long-term memory formation and enhancement.”
November 19, 2015, Lurie – Baldwin Auditorium

Richard H. Kramer, PhD; University of California, Berkeley
“Optogenetic control of endogenous ion channels and receptors in the nervous system.”
May 27, 2015, Lurie – Baldwin Auditorium

Misha Ahrens, PhD; HHMI Group Leader, Janelia Farm Research Campus
“Whole-Brain views of network activity underlying the modulation of motor circuits.”
April 14, 2015, Pancoe Auditorium

Karel Svoboda, PhD; Janelia Farms: 08March 2013

Alcino Silva, PhD; Brain Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles.
“Molecular and cellular mechanisms of memory allocation in neuronal networks”
June 1, 2012, Hughes Auditorium, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center

Pablo Castillo, MD, PhD; Dept.of Neuroscience, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
“Endocannabinoid-mediated Plasticity: Novel mechanisms and synaptic rules”
March 2, 2012, Canning Auditorium, Prentice Women’s Hospital
Student Hosts: Giulia Quattrocolo and Xiao-Wen Yu

Current Committee Members:
Genia Kozorovitskiy, PhD (Faculty Advisor)
Grace Bellinger
Cindy Chiu, PhD
Shruti Dave, PhD
Devon Greer
Amy Kristl
Chris Vaaga, PhD
Hongkai Wang
Feng Xuan

Please contact Grace Bellinger <> if you are interested in joining this committee!

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