Seminar Programs

For further information, please contact Sheryol Cox at or Andrew G. Davies, Ph.D., at

Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Program

Seminars are on Tuesdays, 4-4:50 p.m. in Sanger Hall, Second Floor, Room 1-044 (unless otherwise noted).

Date Speaker Topic
May. 9

Steven Crowley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC  27710

Host:  Dr. Ningjun Li

A role for inflammatory cytokines in the pathogenesis of hypertension.
May. 2

Tianxin Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Nephrology
School of Medicine
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah

Host:  Dr. Ningjun Li
Cardiovascular Seminar

“The physiology of (pro)renin receptor in the kidney”.
Apr. 25

Olivier George, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The Scripps Research Institute
Department of Neuroscience
La Jolla, CA  92037

Host:  Dr. Imad Damaj

Apr. 18

Egidio Del Fabbro, MD
Palliative Care Endowed Chair and Program Director
VCU Massey Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology, Oncology & Palliative Care
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Host:  Dr. Imad Damaj

‘Opioids and chemical coping in patients with cancer’?
Apr. 11

Joshua Beckmann, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky
Department of Psychology
106-B Kastle Hall
Lexington, KY  40506

Host:  Matt Banks

“Modeling drug-associated decision making: Toward dissociating intake and preference”
Apr. 4

George Wilcox, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
University of Minnesota
4-136 Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB)
Minneapolis, MN

(Student-Invited Speaker)

“Analgesic synergy between co-localized GPCRs in central and peripheral terminals of nociceptors”.
Mar. 30

Ira Goldberg, Ph.D.
Division Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes
and Metabolism
Department of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine

Host:  Dr. Ningjun Li
Cardiovascular Seminar

“Too much fat in the blood, too much fat in the tissues”
Mar. 28

Sara Jones, Ph.D.
Physiology and Pharmacology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC

Host:  Dr. Steve Negus


“Beyond Agonist Replacement: Amphetamine’s Reversal of Cocaine-Induced Dopamine Deficits”
Mar. 21   TBA
Mar. 14

Leonard Howell, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Scientific Programs
Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Emory University
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA  30322

Host:  Dr. Bill Dewey

“Targeted 5HT2 Receptor Pharmacotherapy for Stimulant Abuse”
Mar. 7

Nabil J. Alkayed, M.D., Ph.D.
James Metcalfe Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine
Professor, Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Director of Research, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, Oregon 97239

Host:   Ningjun Li, Ph.D.

“Eicosanoid Signaling in Stroke and Vascular Dementia”
Feb. 28

Ellen M. Unterwald, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Substance Abuse Research
Professor of Pharmacology
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
3500 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19140

Host:  Dr. Bill Dewey

“GSK3 signaling in cocaine reward and memory”
Feb. 21

Gretchen N. Neigh, Ph.D.
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology
Virginia Commonwealth University
1101 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA  23298

Host:  Dr. Mike Miles

“The Economic Costs of Adaptation: Sex Differences in the Effects of Stress During Development”
Feb. 14   TBA
Feb. 7

Dr. Yan Zhang
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Virginia Commonwealth University
800 E Leigh Street
Richmond, VA 23298

Host:  Aron Lichtman


Bivalent Ligand Approach to Understand the role of Putative Mu Opioid Receptor and Chemokine Receptor CCR5 Heterodimers in NeuroAIDS
Jan. 31 David Gewirtz, Ph.D.
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
and Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA  23298
Reversibility of therapy-induced senescence: implications for tumor dormancy and disease recurrence
Jan. 24

Cardiovascular seminar

David Basile, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Physiology and Nephrology
Indiana University School of Medicine
635 Barnhill Drive, MS 2063
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5120

Host:  Ningjun Li

“Endothelial and inflammatory mediation in acute to chronic kidney disease”
Jan. 17


Dec. 20 Patrick Beardsley, Ph.D.
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Dec. 13

Sachin Patel, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Associate Professor of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and
Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
James G. Blakemore Chair of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Nashville, TN

Host:  Aron Lichtman

Endocannabinoid signaling as a homeostatic mechanism counteracting the adverse effects of stress
Dec. 6   TBA
Nov. 29

Donald E. Kohan, M.D., Ph.D.
DRF Endowed Chain in Nephrology
Professor of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Division of Nephrology
University of Utah Health Sciences Center
1900 East eo North
Salt Lake City, UT  84132

Host:  Pin-Lan Li

“Uncovering the biologic role of the nephron renal angiotensin system”
Nov. 8

Javier Gonzalez-Maeso, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Host:  Dr. Mike Miles

“Serotonin 5-HT2A receptors in schizophrenia and its treatment”
Nov. 1

Dr. Cobi Heijnen

Host:  David Gewirtz

Oct. 26

Michelle Glass, Ph.D.
Head – Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology
University of Auckland
Auckland, New Zealand

Host:  Aron Lichtman

Novel Approaches to Targeting GPCRs: focus on cannabinoid CB1 receptors
Oct. 25 Jennifer Wolstenholme, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Virginia Commonwealth University
“Histone methylation in the PFC may underlie long-term memory deficits and ethanol sensitivity after adolescent binge ethanol”
Oct. 18

Kathryn Cunningham, Ph.D.

Host:   Bill Dewey

Oct. 11   TBA
Oct. 4

Patrick Mulholland, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Charleston Alcohol Research Center
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC  29425

Host: Mike Miles

“Cross-species proteogenetic targets for treating excessive alcohol drinking”.
Sep. 27

Mike Nader, Ph.D.
Department of Physiology & Pharmacology
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC  27157-1083

Host:  Steve Negus

Nonhuman Primate Models of Cocaine Abuse: The Use of Social Behavior to Understand Individual Differences in Treatment Outcomes”
Sep. 20

Jay McLaughlin, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Department of Pharmacodynamics
College of Pharmacy
1345 Center Drive
Building JHMHC, Room P1-20
Box 100487
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0487

Host:  Kurt Hauser

“Characterizing and treating dysfunction and neuropsychiatric consequences arising from exposure to HIV-1 Tat protein.”
Sep. 13   TBA
Sep. 6

Daniel Morgan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anesthesiology
Penn State College of Medicine
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

Host:  Dana Selley

Mechanisms of cannabinoid tolerance


Student Seminar Program

Seminars are on Mondays and Thursdays at noon in Sanger Hall, First Floor, room 2-020.

Date Student Adviser
May. 4

Maciej Gonek

May. 1

Final Defense Seminar for  Jacy Jacobs

Pin-Lan Li, Aron Lichtman
Apr. 24

Jean Moon / Neil Varshneya

Darlene Brunzell / Imad Damaj
Apr. 17

Jeremy Cornelissen / Sara Dempsey

Hamid Akbarali / Matt Banks
Apr. 10

Yasmin Alkhlaif / Nadejda Blajkevich

J. Wolstenholme / Fan Zhang
Apr. 3

Xiwen Zhang

Matt Walentiny / Sandra Welch
Mar. 27

Liliya Tyutyunyk-Massey

Keith Shelton / Laura Sim-Selley
Mar. 20

Katie Schwienteck

Krista Scoggins / Dana Selley
Mar. 16

Tareq Saleh

S. Ramamoorthy / Joe Ritter
Mar. 13

Karan Muchhala

Kate Nicholson / Larry Povirk
Feb. 27

Ryan Mischel

Pin-Lan Li / Laura Mathies
Feb. 23

Kumiko Lippold

Mike Miles / Steve Negus
Feb. 20

George Li

Ningjun Li / Aron Lichtman
Feb. 16

Abdulmajeed Jali

L. Jayanthi / James Kang
Feb. 13

Luke Legakis

Kurt Hauser / Eddy Ishac
Feb. 6

Lauren Kyte

Andrew Davies / David Gewirtz
Jan. 30

Sri Lakshmi Chalasani

Darlene Brunzell / Imad Damaj
Jan. 26

Zach Curry

Jan. 23

Jessica Jurmain

Matt Banks / Patrick Beardsley
Dec. 5

Sabena Conley – Final defense seminar

Fan Zhang / Hamid Akbarali
Nov. 28

Essie Komla

J. Wolstenholme / Sandra Welch
Nov. 14

Andrew van der Vaart

Laura Sim-Selley / Matt Walentiny
Nov. 10

Sukhada Bhave – Final defense seminar

To Be Announced
Nov. 7

Wisam Toma

Dana Selley / Keith Shelton
Nov. 3

Julie Meade

Joe Ritter / Krista Scoggins
Oct. 31

Ashley Pitzer

Larry Povirk / S. Ramamoorthy
Oct. 24

Guy Harris – postponed

Steve Negus / Kate Nicholson
Oct. 10

Ava Deneva

Laura Mathies / Mike Miles
Oct. 3

Lesley Schurman

James Kang / Ningjun Li
Sep. 29

Asti Jackson

Eddy Ishac / L. Jayanthi
Sep. 26

Jacy Jacob

David Gewirtz / Kurt Hauser
Sep. 19

Amy Johnson

Darlene Brunzell / Andrew Davies
Sep. 12

Dr. Hamid Akbarali, Graduate Program Director

Sep. 8

Alexandra Stafford

Patrick Beardsley / Imad Damaj
Sep. 1

Rachel Enga

Hamid Akbarali /Matt Banks
Aug. 29

Dr. Jill Bettinger, Course Instructor, PHTX 690