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Biomedical Research Around the State

The First Friday Biomedical Seminar Series brings an outstanding scientist to the OSU Center for Health Sciences on the first Friday of each month. The invited scientist will use the seminar to speak on a research topic of their choice. Besides giving a public seminar at noon on the first Friday, the invited scientist meets with faculty at the Faculty Forum, from 10:00 – 11:30 am before their seminar. The speaker also meets with graduate students after their seminar for a catered lunch. Additionally, the seminar speaker provides a recent publication that is used for the First Friday Journal Club on the Thursday before the talk from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.  


The First Friday Biomedical Sciences is supported by the Graduate Office and organized by the First Friday Seminar Committee. 

This year’s committee:

  • Chair: George (I-Hsiu) Huang, Ph.D.
  • Vice-Chair: Bart Ford, Ph.D.
  • Past Chair: Daniel E. Barta, Ph.D.
  • Administrative Assistant: Darlene DuBois

Graduate Student Members:

  • Mylissa Stover, Sept. - Dec. 2023
  • Joseph McCreary Jan. 2024 - May 2024


View Previous Speakers 


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Sept 1, 2023 - D-107

Daniel Lin, PhD

Carotenoid Metabolism in Mitochondrial Function and Blood Glucose Control

- Daniel Lin, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Oklahoma State University


Oct 6, 2023 - D-107

Evan White, PhD

Clinical Neuroscience as a Tool for Advancing Mental HealthEquity in American Indian Populations

- Evan White, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, Laureate Institute for Brain Research


Nov 3, 2023 - D-107

J. Mikhail Kellawan, PhD

Going with the Flow: Investigating how Blood Flow is Matched to Metabolic Demand in Human Health and Disease

- J. Mikhail Kellawan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Health and Exercise Science, University of Oklahoma


Dec 1, 2023 - D-107

Jung-whan (Jay) Kim, D.V.M., Ph.D

The Scary Connections between Sweets and Cancer

- Jung-whan (Jay) Kim, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Oncology Science, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma


Jan 19, 2024 - NH 437

Fares Najar, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics Research at the High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC)

- Fares Najar, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Mathematical Sciences, Oklahoma State University


Feb 2, 2024 - NH 437

Timothy Jarome, Ph.D.

The Role Of Diverse Ubiquitin Modifications In Memory Formation Across The Lifespan

- Timothy Jarome, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Dept. of Animal and Poultry Sciences, School of Animal Sciences, Virginia Tech


Mar 1, 2024 - NH 437

Julie Ober Allen, Ph.D., MPH

Stress-Sensitive Biomarkers for Research on Health and Health Disparities

- Julie Ober Allen, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion, Director of the Stress & Health Disparities Lab, OU College of Arts & Sciences Department of Health and Exercise Science


April 5, 2024 - NH 437

Subhas Das, Ph.D.

Glutaminase 1: a novel inflammatory biomarker

- Subhas Das, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, OSU-COM CN


May 3, 2024 - NH 437

Omar Soler-Cedeño, Ph.D.

Pre-clinical Testing of Cannabinoid Receptor Ligands as Potential Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

- Omar Soler-Cedeño, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Addiction Biology Unit, Molecular Targets and Medications Discovery Branch, NIH / NIDA
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