GSI Seminar Series


The goals of this seminar series are i) to host extramural speakers who are internationally recognized researchers at the vanguard of genetics and genomics research, and ii) to promote interactions and collaborations among Boston University investigators engaged in genetics and genomics research.

This monthly seminar series is held on a Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. in the Conte Building, K103 (unless otherwise indicated).

If you have suggestions for invited speakers, or if you would like to present an intramural seminar, please email

Learn more about past seminars here.

Check out our YouTube Channel where we post our livestream videos of our seminars!

Upcoming seminars:

 QIAGEN IPA Training Seminar

【お申し込みページ】2023年 QDI QIAGEN IPA ユーザーグループミーティング

Tuesday, May 28th, 10am-1pm

In-person, live stream

Please bring your computers!


June 11th (Tuesday) – Singular Genomics Seminar

G4 & G4X Platforms | An NGS Workshop with a Spatial Upgrade

Join us as we highlight the performance capabilities and impact of the powerful G4 Sequencing Platform and take a deep dive on G4-X our latest advancement in high-throughput in-situ multiomics.

Registration Page:

In-person, live stream

Previous Seminars:

August 21st (Monday)- Dr. Alper Akay

“U6 snRNA m6A modification is required for accurate and efficient cis- and trans-splicing of C. elegans mRNAs”

Alper Akay

University of East Anglia

Host: Alla Grishok

September 12th (Tuesday) – 10x Genomics

“Go where single cell has never gone before”

Presented by Caroline Petersen

Science & Technology Advisor


Host: Yuriy Alekseyev

September 26th (Tuesday) – Sara Rouhanifard, PhD

“Developing tools for single-molecule sequencing and imaging of RNA modifications”

Sara Rouhanifard

Associate Professor of Bioengineering

Northeastern University College of Engineering

Host: Jenna Libera

October 3rd (Tuesday) – Winston Timp, PhD  followed by Oxford Nanopore Technologies Inc. Seminar

“Beyond Assembly: The increasing flexibility of single molecule sequencing”

Winston Timp

Associate Professor of Biomedical engineering

John Hopkins University

Host: Rachel Flynn

October 17th (Tuesday) – Rachel O’Neill, PhD

“Using T2T scale genomics to study centromere function and chromosome evolution”

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Molecular & Cellular Biology, Genetics & Genomics

University of Connecticut


Host: Mike Blower

December 5th  (Tuesday) – Scale Biosciences Technology Seminar

“Single Cell Biology using Combinatorial Indexing at ScaleBio: scRNA & scMethylation”

Presented by Nora Martin


Host: Nabil Rabhi, PhD

January 9th (Tuesday) – Valentina Cigliola, PhD

“Innate Mechanisms of Spinal Cord Regeneration”

Junior Research Investigator

Université Côte d’Azur – Institut de Biologie Valrose

Associate Professor of Molecular Metabolism

Valentina Cigliola – Research

In Person, No Livestream

January 16th (Tuesday) – Pravrutha Raman, PhD

“Evolution innovations in eukaryotic histone repertoires drive biological novelties.”

Pravrutha Raman

Postdoctoral Fellow, Basic Sciences Division,

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (FHCC)

Pravrutha Raman (

In Person, No Livestream

January 23rd (Tuesday) – Stephan Issac, PhD

“Structure and packaging of the polyploid mitochondrial genome”

Profile photo of R. Stefan Isaac

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard Medical School Genetics


In Person, No Livestream

February 7th (Wednesday) – Lindy Barrett, PhD

“Leveraging iPSC models to study neural development and disease”

Senior Group Leader, Research Scientist

Board Institute of MIT and Harvard

Lindy Barrett | Broad Institute

In Person, No Livestream

March 5th (Tuesday) – Fei Chen, PhD

“Genomic tools for probing the rules of tissue organization.”

Fei Chen headshot image

Associate Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology

Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Fei Chen, PhD | Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI)

Host: Jason Weiss (PhD candidate in the Genetics and Genomics program)

Join us as 10x Genomics’ Field Application Scientist, Julianna Crivello, dives into the latest advancements in sample prep for successful single-cell profiling. Discover essential tips for handling fixed samples, including FFPE, and unlock the potential of previously inaccessible samples. Julianna will discuss techniques for solid tissue fixation, managing cells in suspension, and cell isolation from FFPE blocks. For a sneak peek at these methods, check out our AGBT posters HERE.

Event Details:

GSI – Grant Competition 2024

Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET
Location: K103

April 9th (Tuesday) – William Mair, PhD

“Metabolic Flexibility and Healthy Aging”

William B Mair

Associate Professor of Molecular Metabolism

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Host: Thomas Liontis (GPGG Student)

April 12th (Friday) – Geoff Rosenfield, PhD

 “How the Endocrine/Paracrine System “Leaps the Minotaur” to Activate the Enhancer Labyrinth”

Michael "Geoff" Rosenfeld

Distinguished Professor, Endocrinology

UC San Diego School of Medicine

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May 7th (Tuesday) – Eric Lai, PhD

“RNA Silencing: from mechanisms to biology”

Eric C. Lai, PhD

Professor of Developmental Biology

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center