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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-Craig W. Stevens, Ph.D.
  • Vice-Chair-Daniel E. Barta, Ph.D 
  • Member-George (I-Hsiu) Huang, Ph.D. 
  • Student Member-Stephanie Myers, Ph.D. candidate


For further information and to register for Zoom attendance, please contact



Sept. 3, 2021 - Tandy 411

Liz McCullagh, Ph.D.

"Tuning of the Hardware: Factors that Influence the Sound Localization Pathway: Hormones, Sex, Sociality, and Fragile X Syndrome"

- Liz McCullagh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Integrative Biology Department at OSU-Stillwater



Oct. 1, 2021 - Tandy 411

Matthew Cabeen, Ph.D.

"How to Make Bacteria Self-Destruct: Recombinase Deficiency In P. Aeruginosa Sensitizes Cells to Antibiotics and Stimulates Interbacterial Killing.”

- Matthew Cabeen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department at OSU-Stillwater



Nov. 5, 2021 - D-107

Veronica Galvan, Ph.D.

"Mapping molecular pathways of brain aging to understand Alzheimer’s disease"

- Veronica Galvan, Ph.D.
Professor and Donald W. Reynolds Endowed Chair of Aging Research, Co-Director, Center for Geroscience and Healthy Brain Aging at OU-HSC



Dec. 3, 2021 - Tandy 411

Marianna Patrauchan, Ph.D.

"Calcium Signaling Controls Virulence of A Human Pathogen, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa"

- Marianna Patrauchan, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department at OSU-Stillwater



Jan. 7, 2022 - Tandy 411

Jin Seo, Ph.D.

"Obesity and Immunity: the Roles of microRNAs"

- Jin Seo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology Rogers State University in Claremore, OK



Feb. 4, 2022 - Tandy 411

Craig Miller, DVM, Ph.D.

"Look What the Cat Dragged In: Translational Animal Models For SARS-Cov-2 and Other Viral Infections"

- Craig Miller, DVM, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Veterinary Pathobiology Department at OSU College of Veterinary Medicine OSU-Stillwater



Mar. 4, 2022 - Tandy 411

Archana Unnikrishnan, Ph.D.

"The Impact of Short-Term Dietary Restriction on Intestinal Stem Cell Function"

- Archana Unnikrishnan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Oklahoma HSC



Apr. 1, 2022 - Tandy 171

Jeff Hadwiger, Ph.D.

"Not so Typical MAP Kinases in G Protein Signaling Pathways"

- Jeff Hadwiger, Ph.D.
Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department at OSU-Stillwater



May 6, 2022 - Tandy 171

Lara Maxwell, Ph.D.

"Medical Pharmacology: from Monkey B Virus to Marijuana"

- Lara Maxwell, Ph.D.
Professor, Physiological Sciences Department at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine in OSU-Stillwater


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