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Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
1102 Scaife Hall, UPMC Conference Center
Heather Buechel, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Immunology

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Titles of This Month's Talks:

"The Role and Regulation of NKT Cell Activation in Adipose Tissue"

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Postdoc to Postdoc is a forum for postdocs to practice their scientific presentation skills to an audience of fellow postdocs. These are scheduled monthly, and complimentary lunch and beverages are provided for those who register in advance.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
S120 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower


Grace Campbell, PhDGrace Campbell, PhD is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Campbell’s clinical experience is as a rehabilitation staff nurse, manager, and clinical educator. She received her PhD from Pitt School of Nursing in 2013, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship also at the School of Nursing, in cancer survivorship research. Dr. Campbell’s focus is on researching ways to maintain and improve physical function and decrease fall risk in people with chronic conditions. Currently she is completing a pilot study funded through the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation that traces the development and progression of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, impaired physical function, and falls in women receiving neurotoxic chemotherapy for ovarian cancer. She teaches two practicum courses in the Clinical Nurse Leader Master’s Degree program.

Michael Jurczak, PhDMichael Jurczak, PhD recently joined the Department of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor and member of the newly formed Center for Metabolism and Mitochondrial Medicine (2015). Dr. Jurczak received his BS in Physiological Science from UCLA (2002) and his PhD in Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition from the University of Chicago (2008). He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Yale University, in the laboratory of Dr. Gerald Shulman, where he specialized in performing isotopic infusion studies in transgenic mice to assess glucose homeostasis and insulin action while investigating the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes (2008-2011). Prior to arriving at Pitt, Dr. Jurczak was an Instructor in Medicine at Yale University where he divided his time between his own research program and serving as co-Director of the NIH-funded In Vivo Metabolism Core of the Yale Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center (2011-2015). Dr. Jurczak’s lab is primarily interested in the relationship between nutrient excess, mitochondrial overload and the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases, such as fatty liver, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Seema Lakdawala, PhDSeema S. Lakdawala, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her BSc in Natural Sciences at the University ­­of Texas in Austin, Texas and her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of California in San Diego, California. Dr. Lakdawala’s lab studies the molecular properties contributing to the epidemiological success of influenza A viruses to better predict future pandemics. There are two main areas of research in her lab 1) exploring the intracellular dynamics of influenza viral RNA assembly and 2) defining the viral properties necessary for efficient airborne transmission of influenza viruses.

Derrick Matthews, PhDDerrick Matthews, PhD joined the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in September 2015. His research is focused upon the disproportionate burden the HIV epidemic has on Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the U.S. Specifically, his work examines those mechanisms that explain these health disparities with the goal of designing interventions aimed at interrupting those processes that facilitate HIV-related health disparities. His current work is focused on the integration of biological assessment of HIV health status, such as viral suppression and ART use, among HIV surveillance studies of Black MSM in order to more accurately characterize the HIV care continuum.

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