5-CBB Exchange Group

Charlotte Biology and Biotechnology (CBB) Exchange Group is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center that bring faculty, graduate and undergraduate students as well as technicians and scholars in biology and biotechnology together in the greater Charlotte region for information exchange, and to foster industry and academic partnership, economic development, and professional networking opportunities.

We will have a series of lectures by Distinguished Speakers. Please stay tuned for announcements. If you want to join the CBB EG and receive updates/announcements from us, please contact Dr. Shan Yan (shan.yan@uncc.edu).


CBB Distinguished Speaker Series:

AY2017-2018: Genome Integrity and Cancer Etiology

(1) Sep 22, 2017 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Junjie Chen, Professor and Chair in Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Seminar title: Proteomics analysis of DNA damage response and tumorigenesis. Location: CHHS RM281.

(2) Nov 3, 2017 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Matthew Michael, Professor in Department of Biological Sciences at University of Southern California. Seminar title: DNA break-induced activation of the germline genome in C. elegans. Location: CHHS RM281.

(3)  March 2, 2018 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Anindya Dutta , Harry F. Byrd Professor and Chair in Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at University of Virginia. Seminar title: MicroDNAs, MCMs and ORCs: tales of genome stability. Location: CHHS 380.

(4) May 11, 2018 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Lee Zou, Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School,  Associate Scientific Director at MGH Cancer Center, James & Patricia Poitras Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, Jim & Ann Orr MGH Research Scholar, Associate Member at the Broad Institute. Seminar title: The ATR signaling circuitry: from basic biology to cancer therapy. Location: CHHS 380.


AY2018-2019: Genome Integrity and Cancer Etiology

(1) Oct 19, 2018 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Kyle Miller, Associate Professor, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin. Seminar title: The DNA damage response: chromatin and cancer. Location: CHHS RM380.

(2) Nov 9, 2018 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Mark Kelley, Betty and Earl Herr Professor in Pediatric Oncology Research, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology &Toxicology, Associate Director for Basic Research, Indiana University Simon Cancer Center . Seminar title: Exploiting basic science discoveries for targeted disease therapy: The roller coaster ride of drug development. Location: CHHS RM380.

(3) May 3, 2019 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Johannes Walter, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, American Cancer Society Research Professor, Investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Harvard Medical School. Seminar title: At the intersection of vertebrate DNA replication and repair. Location: CHHS 380.

(4)  May 10, 2019 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Zhongsheng You, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology, Co-Director, Molecular Cell Biology Graduate Program, Washington University in St. Louis. Seminar title: DNA and RNA surveillance: A Role of Intracellular Calcium. Location: CHHS 380.


AY2019-2020: Genome Integrity and Cancer Etiology

(1) Oct 18, 2019 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Peter McKinnon, Member of Department of Genetics, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Seminar title: Dealing with damage: Genome integrity and neurologic disease. Location: CHHS RM161.

(2) Nov 22, 2019 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Robert W. Sobol, Point Clear Charities Professor, Chief of Molecular & Metabolic Oncology Program, Abraham A. Mitchell Distinguished Investigator, Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI), Professor of Department of Pharmacology, University of South Alabama. Seminar title: Temporal regulation of base excision repair protein complex assembly in cancer cells. Location: CHHS RM161.


AY2020-2021: Genome Integrity and Cancer Etiology

(1) Nov 13, 2020 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Patrick Sung, Associate Dean for Research LSOM, Professor and Interim Chair in Department of Biochemistry & Structural Biology , Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, UT Health San Antonio. Seminar title: Chromosome damage repair and tumor suppression via the BRCA Axi. Location: virtual meeting on Zoom. – Sign up here to receive the zoom meeting information.

(2) Dec 4, 2020 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Folami Ideraabdullah, Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Seminar title: Interactive effects of genotype & environment in developmental epigenetic programming. Location: virtual meeting on Zoom. – Sign up here to receive the zoom meeting information.

(3) February 12, 2021 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Neal Lue, PhD, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Weill Cornell Medicine. Seminar title: Telomere DNA synthesis: triumph of the OB fold. Location: virtual meeting on Zoom. – Sign up here to receive the zoom meeting information. Host: Kausik Chakrabarti

(4) March 12, 2021 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Grzegorz Ira, Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Member of Dan Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine. Seminar title: New mechanism of genomic instability: large insertions at DNA breaks. Location: TBD.

(5) April 9, 2021 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Stephen Kron, PhD, MD, Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, Division of the Biological Sciences, University of Chicago. Seminar title: TBA. Location: TBD. Host: Andrew Truman

(6) April 23, 2021 (12:30pm-1:30pm): Dr. Weihang (Valerie) ChaiProfessor, Department of Cancer Biology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago. Seminar title: Replication-associated genome Instabilities in carcinogenesis. Location: TBD.


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