Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Physiology (NCBP)


The department hosts a full schedule of seminars every academic year which features prominent researchers in the fields of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology from around the world. Seminars are held on Fridays each semester, from 2-3 p.m., in 101 NEC - Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. 

If you would like additional information, please contact seminar director, Dr. J. Ashot Kozak via email at


2020 Spring Seminar Series
 Date and Time Location Seminar Title Speaker

Friday, January 31


101 NEC - Auditorium “Macromolecular transport across meningeal barriers and its significance for neurodegenerative diseases”

Christopher G. Janson, M.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Neurology and NCBP

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Dayton, OH

Host: Adrian Corbett, Ph.D.

Friday, February 7


101 NEC - Auditorium “Magnesium deficiency in liver cells: at the crossroads between inflammation and dysmetabolism”

Andrea Romani, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH

Host: J. Ashot Kozak, Ph.D.

Friday, February 14


101 NEC - Auditorium Under pressure: how the nucleus tractus solitarii (nTS) responds to hypoxia

Michael Matott, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of NCBP

Wright State University – Dayton, OH

Friday, February 21


101 NEC - Auditorium "Spinal cord interneuron diversity, an embarrassment of riches"

Francisco J. Alvarez, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physiology

Emory University School of Medicine

Host: Robert Fyffe, Ph.D.


Friday, March 13


101 NEC - Auditorium "Modulation of adipose tissue-derived meta-inflammation by essential fatty acids"

Cristina Caldari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Denison University - Granville, OH

Host: Clintoria Williams, Ph.D.


Friday, March 27


101 NEC - Auditorium "Regulation of synaptic plasticity and epilepsy by synapsin

Maria Bykhovskaia, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neurology and Anatomy

Wayne State University School of Medicine - Detroit, MI

Host: Kathy Engisch, Ph.D.


Friday, April 3


101 NEC - Auditorium Superfund sites, environmental exposures and maternal and neonatal outcomes

Melissa A. Suter, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Baylor College of Medicine - Houston, TX

Host: Thomas L. Brown, Ph.D.