GSI Seminar Series

A semimonthly series held on the first and third Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00PM in L109A/B/C and 12PM Student Lunches will be held in L-202 unless otherwise noted. The dual goals of this seminar series are to invite extramural speakers who are internationally recognized researchers at the vanguard of genetics and genomics research, and to sponsor intramural speakers in an effort to build interactions and collaborations among Boston University investigators engaged in genetics and genomics research.

To help increase the accessibility of the GSI Seminar Series, they will be broadcast online.  For more information please visit the Webinar Page.

If you would like to join the GSI Seminar Committee, have suggestions for invited speakers, or if you would like to present an intramural seminar, please email

For a list of past seminars, please visit the Past Seminars page.

To get more information, click on speakers name to link to their website.


Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

September 18

Neutrophil DNA for immunity: Chromatin modifications for castingneutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) to trap microbial pathogens

Nades Palaniyar, Ph.D.

To be held in L311 at 2PM

Senior Scientist
The Hospital for Sick Children – Lung Innate Immunity Research Lab
Physiology & Experimental Medicine Program
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto, Canada

October 14

“Regulatory genomics and epigenomics of complex disease”

Manolis Kellis, Ph.D.

To be held in L311 at 1:30PM

Professor, Computer Science, MIT
MIT Computational Biology Group
Computer Science and AI Lab
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

October 21

 “Best Practices for Efficient Mouse Colony Management”
“Making Sense of Mouse Nomenclature and Promoting Genetic Stability”

The Jackson Laboratory

November 18

“Transcriptional Control of Cell Identity”

Richard Young, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, MIT
Member, Whitehead Institute
Member, National Academy of Sciences

December 2

“From Basic Discovery in Epigenetics to Down Syndrome and Back Again”

Jeanne Lawrence, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology & Pediatrics
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Seminar will be held at 670 Albany St, Room 107/108

Student Lunch with Dr. Lawrence will be held at 12PM in E-720

February 3

Topic: Chromatin signature of monoallelic expression in development and disease

Alexander Gimelbrant, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Department of Genetics
Harvard Medical School

February 23

Epigenetic inheritance from yeast to mouse to human

Oliver Rando, MD, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Student lunch to be held in L-307

March 3

Single-gene defects elucidate mechanisms of chronic kidney disease

Friedhelm Hildebrandt, MD

Chief, Division of Nephrology, Boston Children’s Hospital
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, HHMI

April 7

Targeted Genome and Epigenome Editing Using Engineered CRISPR and TALE Technologies

Keith Joung, MD, Ph.D.

To be held in L-110
Student Lunch to be held at 12:30pm in L-202

Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Associate Pathologist and Associate Chief of Research, Massachusetts General Hospital, Pathology

April 21

Topic: Experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches to better understand the biology and evolution of genomes.

Joshua Akey, Ph.D.

To be held in L-110

Associate Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington

 May 19

Topic: Clinical applications of cancer genomics, human genetics and sequencing technology

Elaine R. Mardis, Ph.D.

To be held in L-311

Co-Director, The Genome Institute at Washington University
Professor, Department of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine