Center for Plant Cell Biology



The ChemGen IGERT seminars are part of the CEPCEB BPSC 252 Seminar Series and feature prominent scientists with expertise in chemical genomics, chemistry, engineering, bioinformatics/computational sciences, and cell biology. ChemGen IGERT graduate students are directly involved in inviting and hosting these speakers, which enhances their exposure to outstanding scientists and provides contacts that may be of value for many years to come.

Location: Science Library, Rm 240
*Genomics Auditorium, Rm 1102A
Day/Time: Fridays, 12:10-1pm





1/14/11* Eran Pichersky
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan
"Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Evolution of Plant Scents"  Julia Bailey-Serres

Julian Schroeder
Distinguished Professor Section of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California, San Diego

 "CO2 Signal Transduction and Chemical Genetics: Pathogen - Abscisic Acid Interference Signaling"
 Julia Bailey-Serres
3/11/11* Peter Roy
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto, Canada
"Harnessing the Power of C. elegans: Genetics to Develop Novel Small Molecule Tools for Biological Analyses" Sean Cutler
4/8/11*  Tim Tully
Chief Science Officer
Dart Neuroscience LLC, San Diego
"Memory Enhancers and Mental Retardation"  Anand Ray
4/15/11*  Rick Amasino
Professor of Biochemistry
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Memories of Winter: Vernalization is an Environmentally Induced Epigenetic Switch"  Susan Wessler
5/13/11*  Gary Siuzdak
Senior Director
Scripps Center for Mass Spectrometry
"Mass Spectrometry-Based Metabolomics as a Novel Approach to Therapeutic Discovery" Sean Cutler

Jeffrey Aube
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
University of Kansas

"Libraries Inspired by Alkaloids and Peptides" Julia Bailey-Serres
(Wed, 3-4pm)
Rong Li
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Kansas City, MO
"A Quantitive Dissection of the State of Cell Polarity in Budding Yeast" Zhenbiao Yang
2/12/10* Jurgen Ehlting
Centre for Forest Biology
University of Victoria
"Evolution of a Novel Phenoloc Pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana"  Thomas Eulgem
3/12/10* Brenda S.J. Winkel
Department of Biological Sciences
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
"Flavonoids"  Julia Bailey-Serres
5/14/10* Erin Carlson
Department of Chemistry
Indiana University
"Integrating Proteomics and Metabolomics to Map Bacterial Encystment"  Cynthia Larive
6/11/10* Eric Mjolsness
Department of Computer Science
Center for Computational Morphodynamics
University of California, Riverside
"Foundations for Lively Geometry in Plant Morphodynamics"  Venu Reddy/Amit Roy-Chowdhury

 Sue Rhee
Department of Plant Biology
Carnegie Institution of Washington

"Reconstruction and Application of Biological Networks to Discover Functions of Genes and Pathways"  Sean Cutler
(BH 1104)
Zhiyong Wang
Department of Plant Biology
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Stanford, CA
"The Brassinosteroid Signaling Pathway:  All Connected" Xuemei Chen
2/6/09 Rainer Van Der Hoorn
Plant Chemetics Lab
Chemical Genomics Centre
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
"Mining the Active Proteome: Development and Application of Activity-based Protein Profiling in Plants" Sean Cutler
3/6/09 Oliver Fiehn
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology & Genome Center
University of California, Davis
"Systems Biology of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to Changes in its Abiotic Environment" Cynthia Larive
4/9/09 Mark Estelle
Section of Cell and Developmental Biology
Division of Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego
"Auxin  Signaling: A Short (but complex) Pathway"  Sean Cutler
5/1/09  Pram Bhalla
Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Laboratory
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Legume Research
University of Melbourne, Australia
"Molecular Analysis of Male Gamete and Shoot Apical Meristem Development in Flowering Plants" Xuemei Chen


Alan Saghatelian
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Harvard University
"A Peptidomics Approach to Identify Peptidase Substrates" Sean Cutler
9/1/09 (BH 1104) Dr. Todd Jones
Cell Biology Technical Center Leader
BASF Plant Science, L.L.C.
Research Triangle Park, NC
Dr. Andreas Renz
Senior Licensing Manager
BASF Plant Science, L.L.C.
Limburgerhof, Germany
"Applied Phenotyping and Metabolite Profiling for Improved Crops"  Thomas Eulgem
10/2/09 Fifth Annual IGERT Retreat, Lake Arrowhead
Keynote Speaker: Terence A. Walsh
Dow AgroSciences
"Selectivity & Plant Fate of Novel Phytotoxins: Some Chemical Genetic Case Studies"
(Also features talks from IGERT faculty and students)
Eric Xu
Distinguished Investigator
Laboratory of Structural Science
Van Andel Research Institute
Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Structure Biology and Drug Discovery of Nuclear Hormone Receptors"  Sean Cutler
Paul Jensen
Associate Research Scientist
Center for Marine Biotechnology & Biomedicine
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
UC San Diego
"Antimicrobial Chemical Defenses in Marine Plants and Invertebrates" Katherine Borkovich/Julia Bailey-Serres

Sue Abrams
NRC Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon

"Chemical Approaches to Study ABA Perception and Metabolism in Plants" Julia Bailey-Serres

Jon Thorson
School of Pharmacy
University of Wisconsin

"Natural Product Glycosylation: Challenges and Opportunities" Sean Cutler

Brian Shoichet
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

"Forward & Reverse Chemical Information in Biology" Thomas Girke
10/3-10/5/08 IGERT RETREAT
Guest Speaker: Peter McCourt
Department of Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
Annual CEPCEB ChemGen IGERT Retreat at UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center  
10/24/08 Sean Cutler
Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside
"Abscisic Acid Inhibits Type 2C Protein Phosphatases via PYR1, a START-family "
11/14/08 Nicholas Provart
Department of Cell and Systems Biology
University of Toronto
"Raising the BAR for Arabidopsis Research: Using Large-scale Data Sets for Hypothesis Generation" Sean Cutler
12/12/08 Jacqueline Shanks
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Iowa State University
"Phytochemical Engineering – Combining Chemical Reaction Engineering with Plant Science" Cynthia Larive
1/26/07 Young-Tae Chang
Chemistry Department
New York University
"Facilitated Chemical Genetics Using Tagged Small Molecule Library " Natasha Raikhel
3/9/07 Jiayu Liao
UCR Bioengineering Department
"The First Small Molecular Agonist for Class B GPCR" Julia Bailey-Serres
4/13/07 Alan Jones
Dept. of Biology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


"An Unusual Sugar Sensing Mechanism in Arabidopsis" Julia Bailey-Serres
5/11/07 Mary Wildermuth
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
University of California, Berkeley


"Integrated Approaches for Elucidating the Role of Salicylic Acid in Plant-Pathogen Interactions" Julia Bailey-Serres
7/20/07 Mark Bachman
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
UC Irvine
"LifeChips: Convergence of Microelectronics and Life Science" Julia Bailey-Serres
9/14/07 Charlie Boone
Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research
University of Toronto, Canada
"Large-scale Mapping of Genetic and Chemical-genetic Interactions in yeast " Julia Bailey-Serres
11/2-4/07 IGERT RETREAT IGERT Retreat with UCSD IGERT Group:
Warner Springs Ranch, San Diego County


Paul Hergenrother
Department of Chemistry
University of Illinois

"Using Small Molecules to Identify Novel Anti-Cancer Targets" Michael Pirrung


Lewis Feldman
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
University of California , Berkeley

"Regulation of Root Apical Meristem Development"

Julia Bailey-Serres

4/14/06 Valery Fokin
The Scripps Research Institute
"Catalytic Dipolar Cycloaddition of Azides and Alkynes: The Reach of One Reaction"
Julia Bailey-Serres


R. Scott Lokey
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Santa Cruz

"Impact of conformation on synthesis and membrane permeability of  constrained cyclic peptides"

Michael Pirrung

6/5/06 Yunde Zhao
University of California, San Diego

"The YUCCA genes in auxin biosynthesis and plant development"

Hailing Jin


Stephen Duke
University of Mississippi-Oxford

"Pest Management Phytochemicals: Strategies for Discovery and Utilization"

Julia Bailey-Serres


Helen Blackwell
Department of Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Chemical Interception of Bacterial Communication Pathways using Synthetic Ligands"

Michael Pirrung/
Natasha Raikhel


Eric Ward
Morrisville , NC

"Discovery of Novel Crop Protection Chemicals "

Thomas Eulgem

12/8/06 Ryan Julian - [IGERT Speaker]
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Riverside
"Selective Noncovalent Adduct Protein Probing (SNAPP):
Using ESI-MS to examine protein structure by specific noncovalent attachment of 18-crown-6"
Wenwan Zhong

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