Seminar Series

The scientific environment is further enriched by our Summer Seminar Series, which brings the Fellows together each week and exposes them to other research projects and to discussions of science ethics and policies. The seminars have included topics such as:

  • Transgenic mouse as a model system for studying nervous system development
  • The molecular mechanisms for signaling between cells
  • Molecular approach to genetic diseases
  • How sex hormones affect the brain and modulate behavior
  • From molecules to circuits: an anatomical substrate for dementia
  • A basic bioenergetics dilemma
  • Biological functions of promyelocytic leukemia zinc finger protein (PLZF)
  • The life cycle of HIV
  • Herpes virus replication
  • HIV pathogenesis and development of models for therapy
  • Protein modules as a biological velcro
  • Myofibroblasts -- friend or foe?
  • Organization and plasticity of the motor cortex
  • Tumor suppressor protein p53


Areas of Research

Based on interests expressed in the applications, the successful applicants are matched with specific research mentors who are carefully chosen from our Graduate Faculty. The Summer Fellows will spend ten consecutive full-time weeks in the laboratory engaged in supervised research activities. They are provided with the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research projects in one of our Multidisciplinary Training Areas in areas of research including:

  • biochemistry
  • biomathematical sciences
  • biophysics
  • cancer biology
  • cell & membrane biology
  • cell biology/anatomy
  • computational biomedicine
  • computational neuroscience
  • developmental biology
  • development of blood cells and leukemias
  • endocrinology
  • environmental pathobiology
  • enzymology
  • gene expression
  • gene therapy
  • gene transcription
  • genomics
  • human genetics
  • immunobiology
  •  mathematical modeling
  • microbiology
  • molecular biology
  • molecular biophysics
  • molecular endocrinology
  • molecular genetics
  • molecular neurobiology
  • neurobiology
  • neuroendocrinology
  • neuropharmacology
  • organellar biology trafficking
  • pathobiology
  • peptide hormones
  • pharmacology
  • physical biochemistry
  • rational drug design
  • receptors
  • sensory transduction
  • signal transduction-cell cycle
  • stem cells
  • structural biology
  • systems physiology
  • transcriptional and epigenetic regulations
  • transport channels/metabolism
  • virology and oncogenes



The seminar series culminates with a session of research poster presentations by the Fellows.

Click the link Poster Presentations to view some of the most recent research projects that have been presented at the poster sessions.