Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

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February 15th, 2018
Danieli Rodrigues, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas
Multifaceted Roles of Material and Environmental Factors Toward Dental Implant Performance

February 21, 2018
Hubert Amrein, BS, PhD
Director of Faculty Development
Texas A&M Health Science Center 
How Do Animal Bodies Detect and Discriminate Different Chemical Signals That "Flood" the Olfactory and Taste Organs?

February 28th, 2018
Andreea Trache, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas
Micromechanical Functional Measurements in Live Cells Using Atomic Force Microscopy

March 28th, 2018
Larry Suva, PhD
Department Head 
Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University
Gene Editing in Sheep: A Novel Rare Disease Platform

April 14th, 2018
Sean Morrison, PhD
Director of the Children's Medical Center for Research Institute
UT Southwestern
The Hematopoietic Stem Cell Niche

 April 16th, 2018
Gerhard Weber, PhD
Department of Anthropology
University of Vienna
An Early Bird in Human Evolution: Misliya, the First Modern Human Outside Africa

April 17th, 2018
Alice Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopedics
Ichan School of Medicine
Mount Sinai
Regulation of Tendon Cell Fate During Healing

April 25, 2018
Henry Kronenberg, MD
Chief, Endocrine Unit 
Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
PTH/PTHrP Receptor Signaling in Bone

May 2nd, 2018
Joseph Stains, PhD
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Microtubules Tune Mechanotransduction Through NOX2 and TRPV4 to Decrease Slerostin Abundance in Osteocytes

May 9th, 2018
Brooke Russell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Center for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases
Institute of Biosciences and Technology
Texas A&M University
Designing Collagen: TAMU and ECM Technologies

July 3rd, 2018
Jun Wang, DDS, PhD
Candidate for Research Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University School of Dentistry 
Applications of Genetically Engineered Animal Models in Studying Mineralized Tissues

August 15, 2018
Helen Lu, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Columbia University
New York, NY
Engineering Tendon - Bone Integration 

August 29th, 2018
Alexander Robling, PhD
Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Career Scientist
Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Wnt Signaling in Osteocytes: Regulation of Bone Metabolism and Mechanical Signaling

 September 12th, 2018
John Chirgwin, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology & Oncology
Indiana School of Medicine
Ex-Vivo Organ Co-Culture Assays (EVOCA) for Improved Screening of Agents Against Cancer in Bone: Studying the Role of Osteocyte FGF23

September 19th, 2018
Yi-Xian Qin, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science
Director of Orthopedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory,
Stony Brook University 
Mechanical Dynamics Induced Fluid Flow as a Means of Mitigation of Bone Loss and Regulation of Regeneration

September 26th, 2018
Uriel Zapata, PhD
Associate Professor 
Universidad EAFIT
Medellin, Colombia
Building an Animal Model for Cleft Palate Reconstruction 

October 3, 2018
Becca Peixotto, PhD
Director and Research Scientist of the Center for the Exploration of the Human Journey
Perot Museum
Dallas, TX
Homo Naledi and Adventures in Human Research — a South African Saga

 October 10, 2018
Yun Guan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine 
Department of Neurological Surgery
John Hopkins University
MrgC, a Novel Target for Pain Inhibition of Morphine Analgesia

October 24, 2018
Lindan You, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
University of Toronto
Bone Cell Cross Talk Under Mechanical Loading

November 6, 2018
Sang-Jin Suh, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences
Auburn University
Microbiology Faculty Candidate
A Multipronged Approach to Combat Bacterial Pathogens

 November 12th, 2018
Jeremy Ellermeier, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biological Science
Southeast Missouri State University
Microbiology Faculty Candidate
Gene Regulation in Salmonella and Bacterial Colonization in Pathogenesis

November 28, 2018
Ru-Rong Ji, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC
Immune Therapy, Cancer, and Pain