Pathways to Excellence Seminar Presentations

For information about this seminar series, please contact Dr. Jerry Feng (

Schedules and speakers for the 2020 presentations will be posted on this page as the information becomes available.


January 22, 2020
Mike McShane, PhD
James J. Cain Professor II in Biomedical Engineering
Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Faculty, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University
Biomaterials-Based Optical Metabolite Sensing

February 5, 2020
Masahiro Iwamoto, DDS, PhD
Maxwell Hurston Professor of Orthopaedics
Department of Orthopaedics
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Developing Pharmacological Treatment Modalities for Controlling Endochondral Ossification — Understanding Regulation of Endochondral Ossification and Beyond

March 4, 2020
Ralph Marcucio, PhD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California San Francisco
The Death of Dogma and the Transformation of Chondrocytes to Osteoblasts

September 16, 2020
James Cai, PhD
Associate Professor of Computational Systems Biology
Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (affiliated)
Texas A&M University
Functional Implications of Single-Cell Expression Variability and Gene Expression Programs in Regulatory Networks as Revealed by Machine Learning

October 7, 2020
Wanida Ono, DDS, PhD, DMSc
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Mesenchymal Regulation of Tooth Root Formation and Eruption

October 21, 2020
Alice Huang, PhD 
Assistant Professor 
Leni and Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics
Department of Cell, Developmental and Regenerative Biology 
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Regulation of Tendon Regeneration

November 4, 2020
Ling Qin, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
Co-Director of the PCMD Histology Core
University of Pennsylvania
Discovering Skeletal Stem Cells and Their Fates in Vivo: The Power of Single-Cell Sequencing

November 11, 2020
Johann Eberhart, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Texas at Austin
Gene-Environment Interactions in Craniofacial Development