Student Seminar Series
Until further notice, Student seminars will be held virtually via Zoom from 12:00-1:00pm
Date | Presenters | Faculty reviewers
Aug. 17 (Monday): Dr. Jill Bettinger/ Krista Scoggins
Aug. 24 (Monday): Nipa Patel (reviewers Mathies/Sim-Selley)
Aug. 31 (Monday): Valerie Carpenter (reviewers Ningjun Li/Lichtman)
Sep. 7 Labor Day holiday
Sep. 14 (Monday): Claire Diester (reviewers Ritter/Walentiny)
Sep. 21 (Monday): Julien Dodu (reviewers Pin-Lan Li/Wolstenholme)
Sep. 28 (Monday): Rosamond Goodson (reviewers Negus/Bettinger)
Oct. 12 (Monday): Lois Akinola (reviewers Scoggins/Selley)
Oct. 19 (Monday): Emily Brocato (reviewers Walentiny/Shelton)
Oct. 26 (Monday): Katherine Contreras (reviewers Jayanthi/Schlosburg)
Nov. 2 (Monday): Jayden Elmer (reviewers Mathies/Damaj)
Nov. 9 (Monday): Donald Jessup (reviewers Hauser/Banks)
Nov. 16 (Monday): Lauren Moncayo (reviewers Akbarali/Ningjun Li)
Nov. 23 (Monday): Edna Santos (reviewers Mathies/Sim-Selley)
Date | Presenters | Faculty reviewers
Jan. 25 (Monday): Yasmin Alkhlaif (reviewers Davies/Brunzell)
Feb. 1 (Monday): Linda Chen (reviewers Lichtman/Damaj)
Feb. 8 (Monday): Harrison Elder (reviewers Miles/Negus)
Feb. 15 (Monday): Kennedy Goldsborough (reviewers Schlosburg/Nicholson)
Feb. 22 (Monday): Luke Huggins (Wolstenholme/Akbarali)
Mar. 1 (Monday): Alaina Jaster (reviewers Sim-Selley/Selley)
Mar. 15 (Monday): Kimberley Karin (reviewers Hauser/Bettinger)
Mar. 22 (Monday): Bryan McKiver (reviewers Banks/Jayanthi)
Mar. 29 (Monday): Abby Pondelick (reviewers Beardlsey/Brunzell)
Apr. 5 (Monday): Hannah Robinson (reviewers Damaj/Lichtman)
Apr. 12 (Monday): Lucas Wohler (reviewers Gewirtz/Miles)
Apr. 19 (Monday): Sina Abdollahi (review. Akbarali/Scoggins) and Rana Estaleen (review. Ningjun Li/Banks)
Apr. 26 (Monday): Sofia Ghani (reviewers Ritter/Mathies) and Bridget Kastelberg (review. Negus/Sim-Selley)
May. 3 (Monday): Maria Bent (Neuroscience) (reviewers Damaj/Negus)
May 6 (Thursday): Jyati Lodha (Neuroscience) (reviewers Schlosburg/Davies)
Departmental seminars are held Tuesday at noon via Zoom until further notice
Sep. 15 2020: Student choice seminar: Dr. Kenzie L. Preston, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Research Branch, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH
"Transitions to Translation in Opioid and Cocaine Treatment Research"
** note time ** 9:00am Sep. 29 2020: Dr. Markus Heilig, Center on Social and Affective Neuroscience, Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden
"How we got alcohol addiction wrong: One lever at a time"
Oct. 6 2020: Dr. Subhash Pandey, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Alcohol Research in Epigenetics, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Unraveling the Epigenetic Landscape of Alcohol Use Disorder"
Oct. 13 2020: Dr. David Gewirtz, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, VCU
"Nothing in research is as simple as it might first appear: senolytic agents and chemotherapy-induced senescence in cancer"
Oct. 20 2020: Dr. Darlene Brunzell, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, VCU
"Your brain on butts and other drugs"
Oct. 27 2020: Dr. Andrew Ottens, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, VCU
"The Circulating Peptidome: A Mediator and Diagnostic Window into Systemic Toxicity"
Nov. 10 2020: Dr. Michael Miles, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, VCU
"DO mice drink alcohol? Using a complex mouse genetic model to identify mechanisms of progressive ethanol consumption"
** note time ** 9:00am Dec. 8 2020: Dr. Serge Ahmed, CNRS / Université de Bordeaux
Jan. 26 2021: Dr. Graeme Henderson, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, University of Bristol, UK
"Why are fentanyls so deadly?"
Postdoctoral Trainee Seminar Series
Seminars are held at noon via Zoom until further notice
Date | Presenters
Tuesday December 1: Dr. Molly Hyer
Date | Presenters
Jan. 16 (Thursday) Journal Club: Abduljameed Jali
Jan. 20: University holiday
Jan. 23 (Thursday) Journal Club: Julien Dodu
Jan. 27 (Monday): Leah Aclin
Feb. 3 (Monday): Yasmin Alkhlaif
Feb. 10 (Monday): Emily Brocato
Feb. 13 (Thursday) Journal Club: Mohammed Mustafa & Roz Goodson
Feb. 17 (Monday): Donald Jessup
Feb. 20 (Thursday) Journal Club: Clare Diester
Feb. 24 (Monday): Christina Lee
Feb. 27 (Thursday) Journal Club: Lois Akinola
Mar. 9: Spring Break week
Mar. 16 (Monday): Edna Santos
Mar. 19 (Thursday) Journal Club: Leah Aclin & Valerie Carpenter
Mar. 23 (Monday): Maria Bent
Mar. 26 (Thursday) Journal Club: Yasmin Alkhlaif
Mar. 30 (Monday) Journal Club: Emily Brocato & Katherine Contreras
Apr. 6 (Monday) Journal Club: Donald Jessup & Aminatta Tejan-Kamara
Apr. 13 (Monday) Journal Club: Christina Lee & Jayden Elmer
Apr. 23 (Thursday): Lois Akinola
Apr. 27 (Monday) Journal Club: Edna Santos & Zara Siddiqui
Date | Presenters
Tuesday February 25: Esad Ulker
"Beyond Reflexive Measures in Pain"
Tuesday March 3: Taylor Ochalek
"Examining sucrose subjective response among individuals with opioid use disorder"
Tuesday March 10: Lesley Schurman
"Aromatase inhibition-induced memory deficit in mice: an endocannabinoid strategy pilot grant"
Jan. 28 2020: Dr. Peter Hamilton, VCU Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology. Host: Dr. Jennifer Wolstenholme
"Transcriptional Reprogramming at Zfp189 Reveals Key Molecular Disruptions that Contribute to Addiction and Depression"
Feb. 11 2020: Dr. David Kearns, American University. Host: Dr. Steve Negus
"Behavioral Economic Variables Controlling Drug Self-administration: Income, Economy, and Substitutability"
Feb. 18 2020: Dr. Paul Whiteaker, Barrow Neurological Institute. Host: Dr. Darlene Brunzell
"New approaches to studying and targeting nicotinic receptors in normal and disease physiology"
(Canceled) Mar. 17 2020: Dr. Debra Kendall, University of Connecticut. Host: Dr. Aron Lichtman
(Canceled) Mar. 24 2020: Dr. Michael Miles, VCU Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology
(Canceled) Mar. 31 2020: Dr. Darlene Brunzell, VCU Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology
(Canceled) Apr. 14 2020: Dr. Hamid Akbarali, VCU Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology
(Canceled) Apr. 21 2020: Dr. Andrew Ottens, VCU Dept. of Anatomy & Neurobiology. Host: Dr. Imad Damaj
(Canceled) Apr. 28 2020: Dr. Rong Ma, UNT Health Sciences Center. Host: Dr. Ningjun Li
Date | Presenters
Aug. 26 (Monday): Megan Hollis, Career Services
Sept. 2: University Closed - Labor Day
Sept. 5 (Thursday): Dr. Jill Bettinger
Sept. 9 (Monday): Julie Meade
Sept. 16 (Monday): Guy Harris
Sept. 17 (Tuesday): Thesis Defense: Liliya Tyutyunyk-Massey (noon, Sanger 1-044)
"Modulation of autophagy and senescence to enhance the response to therapy in triple negative breast cancer"
Sept. 30 (Monday): Karan Muchhala
Oct. 7 (Monday): Nipa Patel
Oct. 10 (Thursday) Journal Club: Julie Meade
Oct. 14 (Monday): Neil Varshneya
Oct. 17 (Thursday) Journal Club: Guy Harris
Oct. 28 (Monday): Valerie Carpenter
Oct. 31 (Thursday) Journal Club: Liliya Tyutyunyk-Massey
Nov. 4 (Monday): Clare Deister
Nov. 7 (Thursday) Journal Club: Karan Muchhala
Nov. 11 (Monday): Julien Dodu
Nov. 14 (Thursday): Abdulmameed Jali
Nov. 18 (Monday): Roz Goodson
Nov. 21 (Thursday) Journal Club: Nipa Patel
Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday week
Dec. 2 (Monday) Mohammed Mustafa
Seminars are on Tuesdays, 12-12:50p.m. in Sanger Hall, First Floor, Room 1-044 (unless otherwise noted).
Date | Speaker, Topic
Aug. 27, 2019: No seminar scheduled at this time.
Sept. 3, 2019: No seminar scheduled at this time.
Sept. 10, 2019: No seminar scheduled at this time.
Sept. 17, 2019: No seminar scheduled at this time.
Sept. 24, 2019: Dr. Cassandra Gipson-Reichardt, Arizona State University. Host: Dr. Bill Dewey
"Translating Addiction Neuroscience: Discovering New Therapeutic Targets and Pharmacotherapies"
Oct. 1, 2019: No seminar scheduled at this time.
Oct. 8, 2019: Dr. Erin Calipari, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Host: Dr. Matt Banks
"A Novel Framework for Nucleus Accumbens Dopamine in Learned Behavior"
Oct. 15, 2019: Dr. MaryPeace McRae, Virginia Commonwealth University. Host: Dr. Kurt Hauser
"The interplay between opiates and HIV-1 to perturb the cellular/regional biodistribution of antiretrovirals within the brain"
Oct. 29, 2019: Dr. Guizhi (Julian) Zhu, Virginia Commonwealth University. Host: Dr. Aron Lichtman
"Drug delivery using biocompatible bioconjugates and nanoparticles"
Nov. 12, 2019: Dr. Roger Papke, University of Florida. Host: Dr. Darlene Brunzell
"Betel nut, an orphan addiction and world health problem"
Nov. 19, 2019: Dr. Qing-song Liu, Medical College of Wisconsin. Host: Dr. William Dewey
"Mechanistic studies of cAMP effectors in cocaine addiction"
Dec. 3, 2019: Dr. Kurt Hauser, Virginia Commonwealth University
“Cellular and molecular evidence that opioids exacerbate HIV-associated pathology in the central nervous system”
Dec. 10, 2019: Dr. Sandeep K. Mallipattu, Stony Brook University. Host: Dr. Ningjun Li
"Krüppel-like factors: Three fingers in control of kidney disease"
Dec. 17, 2019: Dr. Mariella De Biasi, University of Pennsylvania. Host: Dr. Imad Damaj
Jan. 15 2019: Dr. Sean Farris, University of Texas at Austin. Host: Dr. Michael Miles
"Integrative Neurogenomics for Alcohol Use Disorder"
Feb. 5 2019: Dr. S. Stevens Negus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
"Responding to the NIH HEAL Initiative: Preclinical Research Strategies for Drug Discovery to Treat Pain and Opioid Abuse"
Feb. 12 2019: Dr. Robert L. Balster, Virginia Commonwealth University.
"The Role of Drug Discrimination in Learning Theories of Addiction"
Feb. 26: Dr. Michelle Peace, Virginia Commonwealth University. Host: Dr. Steve Negus
"The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic to Criminal Justice: How Enhancing Forensic Science Collaborations Lead to Proactive Investigations"
Mar. 12 2019: Dr. Leandro Vendruscolo, National Institute of Drug Abuse. Host; Dr. Joel Schlosburg
"Heroin Addiction: Role of the HPA Axis and Extrahypothalamic Stress Systems"
Mar. 19 2019: Dr. Jill C. Bettinger, Virginia Commonwwealth University.
"New Ways to Explore the Molecular Effects of Ethanol in C. elegans"
Mar. 26 2019: (Student Choice Seminar) Dr. Sylvia Fitting, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
"The Endocannabinoid System as a Therapeutic Target in HIV-1 Tat Toxicity"
Apr. 2 2019:Dr. Jeff Martin, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Host: Dr. Steve Negus
"Peripheral Nerve Injury in the Rat: Is it Really Painful?"
Apr. 16 2019: Dr. Shiyou Chen, University of Georgia. Host: Dr. Pin-Lan Li
"Smooth Muscle in Vascular Development and Remodeling"
Apr. 23 2019: Dr. Minolfa C. Prieto, Tulane University School of Medicine. Host: Dr. Ningjun Li
"Prerenin Receptor and Its Implications in Cardiovascular Diseases"
Apr. 30 2019: Dr. Steve Kinsey, West Virginia University. Host: Dr. Aron Lichtman
"Analgesic, Anti-Inflammatory, and Dependence-Inducing Effects of Cannabinoids"
Aug. 28, 2018: Dr. Pablo Ortiz, Wayne State University School of Medicine. Host: Dr. Pin-Lan Li
"Studying New Genes involved in Thick Ascending Limb Function and Salt-Sensitive Hypertension"
Sept. 18, 2018: Dr. S. Stevens Negus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
“How to Treat Opioid Addiction: Behavioral Pharmacology Solutions to a Behavioral Pharmacology Problem”
Sept. 25, 2018: Dr. Laxmikant Deshpande, Virginia Commonweath University
"The Toxicological Basis and Pharmacological Therapeutics for Gulf War Illness"
Oct. 2, 2018: Dr. Melissa Herman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Host: Dr. Joel Schlosburg
"The role of the nucleus tractus solitarius (NTS) and a NTS-central amygdala circuit in alcohol-induced plasticity and drinking behavior"
Oct. 9, 2018: Dr. Kim Raab-Graham, Wake Forest School of Medicine. Host: Dr. Michael Miles
"Common mechanisms between rapidly acting antidepressants and alcohol"
Oct. 16, 2018: Dr. David Gewirtz, Virginia Commonwealth University
"The challenge of overcoming the entrenched scientific paradigm that senescence is an 'irreversible' form of growth"
Oct. 23, 2018: Dr. Matthew Hartman, Virginia Commonwealth University. Host: Dr. David Gewirtz
"New strategies for the treatment of cancer with light"
Oct. 30, 2018: Dr. Venetia (Vanna) Zachariou, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Host: Dr. Dana Selley
"Optimizing the actions of opioid analgesics via interventions in G protein signaling"
Nov. 27, 2018: Dr. Matthew Banks, Virginia Commonwealth University
"Why Failure is Critical for Science to Improve Human Health"
Dec. 4, 2018: Dr. Laura D. Mathies, Virginia Commonwealth University
“SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complexes regulate behavioral responses to alcohol in C. elegans”
Seminars are on Tuesdays, 4-4:50 p.m. in Sanger Hall, First Floor, Room 1-044 (unless otherwise noted).
Date | Speaker, Topic
Jan. 16, 2018: Brant Isakson, Ph.D. UVA Vivian Pinn Scholar Associate Professor Molecular Physiology and Biophysics Resident Faculty, Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, VA Host: Dr. Pin-Lan Li, Pannexin1 in the vasculature
Jan. 23, 2018: Frank Gupton, Ph.D. Chair and Professor Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 23298 Host: Dr. David Gewirtz, Streamlining pharmaceutical processes to increase global access to health care
Jan. 30, 2018: Jason Reed, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Physics
Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 23298 Host: Dr. David Gewirtz, High-Speed Live Cell Interferometry: A New Method for Rapidly Quantifying Tumor Drug Resistance and Heterogeneity
Feb. 6, 2018: TBA Host: TBA
Feb. 13, 2018: Sandro da Rocha, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Chemical and Life Sciences Engineering Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 23298 Host: Dr. David Gewirtz, Dendrimer Nanocarriers for the Delivery of Therapeutics to and through the Lungs and their Potential in Repurposing Doxorubicin for Lung Cancer Treatment
Feb. 20, 2018: Gavril W. Pasternak, MD., Ph.D. Neurologist Anne Burnett Tandy Chair of Neurology Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Host: Dr. Bill Dewey, TBA
Feb. 27, 2018: TBA Host: TBA
Mar. 6, 2018: Yavin Shaham, Ph.D. Senior Investigator Intramural Research Program Branch Chief, Behavioral Neuroscience Section Chief, Neurobioloy of Relapse, NIDA Baltimore, MD 21224 Host: Dr. Matthew Banks, Incubation of drug craving after voluntary abstinence: behavior and circuit mechanisms
Mar. 13, 2018: TBA
Mar. 20, 2018: Robert L. Balster, Ph.D. Professor Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Richmond, VA 23298, Is nicotine vaping part of the solution to tobacco-related death and disease, or part of the problem?
Mar. 27, 2018: Ku-Lung Hsu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 22904 Host: Dr. Aron Lichtman, Chemoproteomic Strategies to Decode Metabolic Regulation of Lipid Signaling
Apr. 3, 2018: Joel Schlosburg, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 23298 Host:, “Utilizing Mechanisms of Stress Resilience to Slow the Progression of Addiction”
April 10, 2018: Luni Emdad, Ph.D. Department of Human Genetics Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA 23298 Host: Dr. David Gewirtz, "Novel Strategy for the Therapy of Pancreatic Cancer"
Apr. 17, 2018: Rujun Gong, Ph.D. Associate Professor Director of Kidney Research at the Nephrology Division Brown University Providence, RI 02912 Host: Dr. Ningjun Li, "Therapeutic targeting of GSK3b in kidney disease"
April 30, 2018: Special Seminar Kathryn Cunningham, Ph.D. Chauncey Leake Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology Director, Center for Addiction Research Vice Chair, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX 77555 Host: Dr. Bill Dewey, "Serotonin Matters in Addiction: Strategies for Pharmacotherapeutics"
May 15, 2018: Matt Buczynski, Ph.D. Assistant Professor School of Neuroscience Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, VA Host: Dr. Joel Schlosburg, "The Role of Endocannabinoid Signaling Pathways in Nicotine Addiction"
May 22, 2018: Student-invited speaker Ken Mackie, Ph.D. Professor Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Program in Neuroscience Indiana University, Bloomington Bloomington, Indiana 47405 Host: PHTX Grad Students