Scientific Presentation and Critique

Course Directors:Emre Aksay and Christopher Mason
When: Quarters III and IV annually
Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Start Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Where: LC 5th Floor Conference Room
Who: required for 1st and 2nd yr PBSB students; Open to all WGSMS students

This course is required for all 1st and 2nd year PBSB graduate students, but is open to all WGSMS students. It is designed to train students in scientific presentation and critique. The structure is a formalized, in depth "journal club". Each 1st year student will choose a paper from a list provided by the Course Directors. Each 2nd year student will select a paper in their thesis field, subject to approval of the Course Directors. Each session will consist of a student formally presenting their selected paper to the class, which is expected to serve as a critical audience. The presentation should consist of an introduction of the relevant background literature, an objective presentation of the study, a subjective analysis/critique of the work, and suggestions for future work. Presentations by 2nd year students will be scheduled first, giving the 1st year students the opportunity to learn from their more senior colleagues. Grading will be based on presentation quality and contribution to constructive feedback.

2011 Presentations

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - Introduction

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - Su Deng [PDF] and Manu Setty [PDF]

Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - Nurunisa Neyzi and Peipei Guo [Follicular Fluid High Density Lipoprotein-associated Sphingosine 1-Phosphate Is a Novel Mediator of Ovarian Angiogenesis]

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - Will Chang [Scale-free correlations in starling flocks] and Mattia Malvezzi [Design, function and structure of a monomeric ClC transporter]

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - Laurie Lacko [Endothelial cells dynamically compete for the tip cell position during angiogenic sprouting] and Sheng Li [Tumour evolution inferred by single-cell sequencing]

WCGS Spring Break: Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 8 - NO CLASSES

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - Mark Carty [Selective inhibition of BET bromodomains] and Clark Fisher [Wiring specificity in the direction-selectivity circuit of the retina]

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - Ishani Chatterjee [Complexin Maintains Vesicles in the Primed State in C. elegans] and Jonathan Reichel [Non-genetic individuality: chance in the single cell]

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Abishek Sainath Madduri [Molecular Computation Of Solutions To Combinatorial Problems] and Matt Teater [Mapping and analysis of chromatin state dynamics in nine human cell types]

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - Ben Burnett [Mechanism for alternating access in neurotransmitter transporters] and Robert Frawley [Corneal avascularity is due to soluble VEGF receptor-1]

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - Kenneth Eng [Synthetic protein scaffolds provide modular control over metabolic flux] and Robert Vogel [Effective leadership and decision making in animal groups on the move]

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - Dragos Dasoveanu and Alice Tang [Direct differentiation of atrial and ventricular myocytes from human embryonic stem cells by alternating retinoid signals]

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - Jose Alejo Amaya [Molecular crowding affects diffusion and binding of nuclear proteins in heterochromatin and reveals the fractal organization of chromatin] and Alexander Root [A Translational Profiling Approach for the Molecular Characterization of CNS Cell Types]

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