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 take place on Fridays each semester from 2-3 p.m. in 101 NEC–Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. 

For more information, please contact seminar director, Dr. Juliusz Ashot Kozak via email at


2023 Spring Seminar Series
 Date and Time       Location Seminar Title Speaker

Feb. 10

2 p.m.

101 NEC

"Maternal cannabis use in pregnancy: impacts on fetal/placental development”

Dr. David Natale, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology / Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Queen’s University

Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3N6, Canada

Host: Thomas L. Brown

Feb. 24

2 p.m.

101 NEC

The molecular organization and function of the axon initial segment" 

Matthew Rasband, PhD.


Department of Neuroscience

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, Texas

Host: Keiichiro Susuki


Mar. 10

2 p.m.

101 NEC

“Human In Vitro Models for Military Relevant Stressor Evaluation and Countermeasure Screening”

M. Tyler Nelson, Ph.D.

Research Biomedical Engineer

711th Human Performance Wing

Air Force Research Laboratory

Wright-Patterson AFB

Fairborn, Ohio

Host: David Ladle


Mar. 17

2 p.m.

101 NEC "Control of blood pressure and protection of kidney graft function by the regulation of renal Na/K ATPase"

Lei Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

Morsani College of Medicine

University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

Host: Clintoria Williams, co-host Lucile Wrenshall

Apr. 7

2 p.m.

101 NEC “Ion channel control the inflammatory properties of phagocytic cells”

Santiago Partida-Sanchez, PhD.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Director of Immune Core

Nationwide Children's Hospital & 

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Columbus, Ohio

Host: J. Ashot Kozak

Apr. 14

2 p.m.

101 NEC

"Interaction of CFTR correctors with KCa channels"

Aaron Kolski-Andreaco, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Department of Cell Biology

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Host: J. Ashot Kozak

Apr. 21

2 p.m.

101 NEC “Placental mTOR signaling and life-long health”

Thomas Jansson, M.D., Ph.D.

Florence Crozier Cobb Endowed Professor

Chief, Division of Reproductive Sciences

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Aurora, Colorado

Host: Thomas L. Brown