Perspectives on Science-Announcing the 2021-2022 Speaker Series

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2021 – 2022 Schedule

October 12, 2021

Dr. Arnab Chatterjee

Dr. Arnab Chatterjee, (Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry at California Institute for Biomedical Research "CALIBR" for The Scripps Research Institute)


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Seminar Title:  “Repurposing Proven Drugs and Discovering New Drugs for the Fight Against COVID19 and Other Human Pathogens”

November 16, 2021 (date changed from Nov. 9th to Nov. 16th)

Dr. Allyson Muotri, UCSD

Dr. Allyson Muotri, (Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Cellular & Molecular Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine; Director of the Stem Cell Program Institute for Genomic Medicine)

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Seminar Title:  “Re-constructing the Human Brain in the Lab”

December 7, 2021

Dr. Wolfgang Busch, SALK

Dr. Wolfgang Busch, (Professor; Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab; Integrative Biology Lab; and Hess Chair in Plant Science for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies)

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Seminar Title:  "Roots to the Rescue! Using Plant Genetics to Fight the Climate Crisis"

January 25, 2022

Dr. Simon Bott Suzuki, UCSD

Dr. Simon C. Bott-Suzuki, (Associate Research Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Pulsed Power Plasmas Group for UC San Diego, Center for Energy Research, and Visiting Professor of Applied and Engineering Physics for Cornell University)

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Seminar Title:  “Plasma Science: Powering the Sun, the stars…….and Earth?”

February 8, 2022

Dr. Gentry Patrick, UCSD

Dr. Gentry Patrick, (Professor of Neurobiology, Director of Mentorship and Diversity, and Director of the Center for Empathy and Social Justice in Human Health for UC San Diego)

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 Seminar Title:  “Destruction for the Sake of Remodeling: The Many Roles of Ubiquitin at CNS Synapses”

March 22, 2022

Dr. Jennifer Smith, UCSD

Dr. Jennifer Smith, (Professor of Marine Biology at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)

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Seminar Title:  "Solutions from the Sea-How Seaweeds can Help to Solve Climate Change”

April 5, 2022

Dr. Brian Keating, UCSD

Dr. Brian Keating, (Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics in the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at UC San Diego)

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 Seminar Title:  “Think Like a Nobel Prize Winner: Mental Models That Convert Knowledge Into Wisdom”

May 3, 2022

Dr. Susan Kaech, SALK

Dr. Susan Kaech, (Professor, Director, and Foundation Chair of the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies)


Seminar Title:  “Chewing through the fat: Metabolic Regulation of Anti-Tumor Immunity”