GSI Seminar Series


The goals of this seminar series are to host extramural speakers who are internationally recognized researchers at the vanguard of genetics and genomics research, and to sponsor those speakers in an effort to build interactions and collaborations among Boston University investigators engaged in genetics and genomics research.

This monthly seminar series is held on the third Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in the Conte Building, K103 (unless otherwise indicated). Student/Postdoc lunches will be held at noon in the Evans Building, GSI Conference Room, E307.

If you have suggestions for invited speakers, or if you would like to present an intramural seminar, please email This monthly seminar series is held monthly on the third Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. in the Conte Building, K103 (unless otherwise indicated).

Learn more about past seminars here.

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

Spring 2020 Seminars

February 5  – Dr. Eric Seiser, PhD

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) Training: New to IPA and Advanced Functionalities QIAGEN Digital Insights

Senior Field Application Scientist
2-4PM, K103

For a 1 on 1 session with an IPA Scientist before the seminar, please email

March 25 – Vera Gorbunova, PhD

“Mechanisms of longevity in long-lived mammals”
Doris Johns Cherry Professor
Co-director Rochester Aging Research Center
University of Rochester

Lab website:

Host(s): Taylor Matte – GPGG Student, Dr. Alla Grishok




April 15 – Pepper J. Schedin, PhD

Young Women’s Breast Cancer: Bench to Population Science and Back Again

Professor of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, School of Medicine
Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control ProgramOHSU Knight Cancer InstituteSchool of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

More on Dr. Schedin:

Lab Website:

Host(s): Stefanie Chan – GPGG Student, Dr. Alla Grishok



May 13 – Lorraine Potocki, MD, FACMG

Presentation Topic TBD

*3-4PM in K103

Professor & Vice Chair for Education
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine

** Click here for more info on Dr. Potocki **

Co-hosted by the Genome Science Institute and Dr. Shoumita Dasgupta (Director of the Graduate Program for Genetics & Genomics)


Fall 2019 Seminars

September 25 – Robert Kingston, PhD

“Chromatin compaction, phase separation, and Polycomb-Group function during mammalian development”

Chief of Dept of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor and Vice Chair of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Associate Member, Broad Institute
Host(s): Dr. Nelson Lau, Dr. Alla Grishok

October 9 – Jeffrey Moffitt, PhD

“Imaging the transcriptome with MERFISH”

Assistant Professor
Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine,
Boston Children’s Hospital
Department of Microbiology,
Harvard Medical School
Host(s): Dr. Feng Hui, Dr. Alla Grishok

October 23 – Daniel Promislow, PhD

“The Dog Aging Project: Learning New Tricks from Old Dogs”

Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Host(s): Dr. Vyacheslav Labunskyy, Dr. Alla Grishok

December 4 – Mary Goll, PhD

Chromatin regulation in development and disease”

Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics
University of Georgia

Host(s): Dr. Shannon Fisher, Dr. Alla Grishok