MCB Senior Seminars

An informal seminar series with monthly presentations from senior Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and research associates within MCB.

2018 Summer Schedule

Seminars will be held on the following Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. at The Fifth.  Free appetizers!

  • June 14
    Kristen Van Gelder
    (Ph.D. candidate, Akhtar lab) 
    Seminar Title:  "Plant Superlipids: Polyprenols and their role in thylakoid membrane dynamics"
  • July 19
    Christopher Kuc
    (M.Sc. candidate, Vessey lab)
    Seminar Title:  Investigating the role of Staufen1 in asymmetric neural precursor cell divisions in the developing cerebral cortex
    Hayley Thorpe (M.Sc. candidate, Vessey lab)
    Seminar Title: Investigating the role of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein Q (hnRNP Q) on postmitotic neuronal morphology in the cerebral cortex 
  • September (date tba)
    Erin Anderson (Ph.D. candidate, Khursigara lab)
    Seminar Title: 
    Morgan Stykel (Ph.D. candidate, Ryan lab)
    Seminar Title: 

More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

If you are interested in presenting a seminar, please contact one of the coordinators listed below, (or email the MCB Graduate Student Council -

  • Faculty coordinators are John Vessey ( and Tariq Akhtar (
  • Graduate Student coordinator is Hayley Thorpe (

Participation in the series is completely voluntary, and the purpose is to provide senior trainees with a forum to showcase their advanced research findings, generate discussion and hopefully encourage more widespread collaborations and contact within the department.

All Welcome!