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Seminar Schedule Spring 2022
Seminars in Pharmaceutical Sciences (MDCH/PMPG/BPS 595)

(All seminars for the Spring semester will be held online on Wednesdays at 11:30 AM unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, January 5


(classes start January 10)

Wednesday, January 12

Mapping the Degradable Kinome: A Resource for Expedited Degrader Development

Fleur M. Ferguson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Diego (host: John Nitiss)

Wednesday, January 19

Crafting Small Molecules to Probe Biology and Treat Human Diseases

Sudeshna Roy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy and Research Assistant Professor in the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi (host: Andrew Riley)

Wednesday, January 26

Targeting FASN to Overcome Drug Resistance in Breast Cancer Treatments: Translation of Mechanism Studies to Clinical Trials

Jian-Ting Zhang, PhD, Professor and Chair, Cancer Biology, McMaster Endowed Chair of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology, Department of Cancer Biology, College of Medicine and Life Sciences, The University of Toledo (host: Bill Beck)

Wednesday, February 2

Ribosome-targeting antibiotics overcoming bacterial drug resistance mechanisms

Yury Polikanov, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UIC (host: Shura Mankin)

Wednesday, February 9

Multipolar spindle focusing is a major mechanism of paclitaxel resistance

Beth A. Weaver, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology, Department of Oncology, Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, University of Wisconsin - Madison (host: Maria Barbolina)

Wednesday, February 16

Real-time precision opto-control of chemical processes in live cells

Chi Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Purdue Center for Cancer Research, Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Purdue University (host: Steve Lee)

Wednesday, February 23

Metastatic site-specific metabolic regulation in ER+ breast tumors

Zeynep Madak-Erdogan, PhD, Associate Professor of Nutrition, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Services, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (host: Terry Moore)

Wednesday, March 2

Neuroprotective potential of dietary phytochemicals: the story of pleiotropic soft electrophiles and compounds mimicking neurotrophins

Lukasz M. Ciesla, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama (host: Brian Murphy)

Wednesday, March 9

In cancer cells, UNC-45A counteracts the effect of paclitaxel via interfering with the rescue sites

Martina Bazzaro, PhD, Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota (host: Maria Barbolina)

Wednesday, March 16

Real-time chemical tools to capture and control sugar signaling in cells

Charlie Fehl, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (host: Andrew Riley)

Wednesday, March 23


Spring Break

Friday, March 25

12:30 PM

Norman R Farnsworth Lectureship in Pharmacognosy
"Are microbes the “true” sources of bioactive compounds isolated from multi-celled organisms such as plants and marine invertebrates?"

David J. Newman, D.Phil., NIH Special Volunteer and Retired Chief, Natural Products Branch, Developmental Therapeutics Program, National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH)

Wednesday, March 30

DNA Repair and Human Disease

Joann Sweasy, PhD, Director, Cancer Center, University of Arizona (host: Les Hanakahi)

Wednesday, April 6

Gold-based small molecule discovery: Probe and Therapeutic Applications

Samuel G. Awuah, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Kentucky (host: Terry Moore)

Wednesday, April 13

Manipulating Cell Surfaces for Cancer Therapy

Mark Farrell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy, The University of Kansas (host: Andrew Riley)

Wednesday, April 20

Metabolic Activation of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors by Cytochrome P450 Enzymes: Impact of Interindividual Variability

Klarissa D. Jackson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina (host: Terry Moore)

Wednesday, April 27

*** POSTPONED TO FALL 2022 ***

April Risinger, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Long School of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (host: Joanna Burdette)

Wednesday, May 4

NO SEMINAR (Finals Week)


Course Coordinator: Maria Barbolina <>

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