Recommended Readings: Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D., Friday April 24, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, April 28, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Jack W. Szostak, Ph.D.

Professor of Genetics, Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Harvard University

Distinguished Investigator

Department of Molecular Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology

Massachusetts General Hospital

The Surprising Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Replication

Recommended Readings:

Li, Li; Prywes, Noam; Tam, Chun Pong; et al. (2017). Enhanced Nonenzymatic RNA Copying with 2-Aminoimidazole Activated Nucleotides. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 139(5): 1810-1813

Prywes, Noam; Blain, J. Craig; Del Frate, Francesca; et al. (2016). Nonenzymatic copying of RNA templates containing all four letters is catalyzed by activated oligonucleotides. ELIFE.  Article Number: e17756


Adamala, Katarzyna; Szostak, Jack W. (2013). Nonenzymatic Template-Directed RNA Synthesis Inside Model Protocells. SCIENCE. 342(6162): 1098-1100

Jack W Szostak. (2012). The eightfold path to non-enzymatic RNA replication. Journal of systems chemistry. 3(2) DOI: 10.1186/1759-2208-3-2

Wochner, Aniela; Attwater, James; Coulson, Alan; et al. (2011). Ribozyme-Catalyzed Transcription of an Active Ribozyme. SCIENCE. 332(6026): 209-212


Recommended Readings: Edith Heard, Ph.D., Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, April 21, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Edith Heard, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Epigenetics and Cellular Memory, Collège de France

Director, Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology

Institut Curie

The Epigenetic Dynamics of X-chromosome Inactivation: Fine-tuning Gene Dosage during Development

Recommended Readings:

da Rocha, Simao T.; Heard, Edith (2017). Novel players in X inactivation: insights into Xist-mediated gene silencing and chromosome conformation. NATURE STRUCTURAL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. 24(3): 197-204

Borensztein, Maud; Syx, Laurene; Ancelin, Katia; et al. (2017). Xist-dependent imprinted X inactivation and the early developmental consequences of its failure. NATURE STRUCTURAL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. 24(3): 226-+

Giorgetti, Luca; Lajoie, Bryan R.; Carter, Ava C.; et al. (2016). Structural organization of the inactive X chromosome in the mouse. NATURE. 535(7613): 575-+

Wu, Hao; Luo, Junjie; Yu, Huimin; et al. (2014). Cellular Resolution Maps of X Chromosome Inactivation: Implications for Neural Development, Function, and Disease. NEURON. 81(1): 103-119

Gendrel, Anne-Valerie; Heard, Edith (2014). Noncoding RNAs and Epigenetic Mechanisms During X-Chromosome Inactivation.  ANNUAL REVIEW OF CELL AND DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. 30: 561-580

Nora, Elphege P.; Lajoie, Bryan R.; Schulz, Edda G.; et al. (2012). Spatial partitioning of the regulatory landscape of the X-inactivation centre. NATURE. 485(7398): 381-385

Recommended Readings: Vincent A. Fischetti, Ph.D. April 24, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, April 17, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Vincent A. Fischetti, Ph.D.

Professor and Head,

Laboratory of Bacterial Pathogenesis and Immunology

The Rockefeller University

Exploiting phage evolution for the development of novel therapeutics

Recommended Readings:

David Bautz. March 20th 2017. CFRX: Phase 2 Trial of CF-301 to Initiate in mid-2017.

Czaplewski, Lloyd; Bax, Richard; Clokie, Martha; et al. (2016). Alternatives to antibiotics-a pipeline portfolio review. LANCET INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 16(2): 239-251

Diez-Martinez, Roberto; De Paz, Hector D.; Garcia-Fernandez, Esther; et al. (2015). A novel chimeric phage lysin with high in vitro and in vivo bactericidal activity against Streptococcus pneumoniae. JOURNAL OF ANTIMICROBIAL CHEMOTHERAPY. 70(6): 1763-1773

Bikard, David; Euler, Chad W.; Jiang, Wenyan; et al. (2014). Exploiting CRISPR-Cas nucleases to produce sequence-specific antimicrobials. NATURE BIOTECHNOLOGY. 32(11): 1146-1150

Schuch, Raymond; Lee, Han M.; Schneider, Brent C.; et al. (2014). Combination Therapy With Lysin CF-301 and Antibiotic Is Superior to Antibiotic Alone for Treating Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus-Induced Murine Bacteremia. JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES. 209(9): 1469-1478

Pastagia, Mina; Schuch, Raymond; Fischetti, Vincent A.; et al. (2013). Lysins: the arrival of pathogen-directed anti-infectives. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY. 62:1506-1516

Gilmer, Daniel B.; Schmitz, Jonathan E.; Euler, Chad W.; et al. (2013). Novel Bacteriophage Lysin with Broad Lytic Activity Protects against Mixed Infection by Streptococcus pyogenes and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY. 57(6): 2743-2750


Recommended Readings: Peter Campbell, Ph.D. March 31, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, March 31, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Peter Campbell, Ph.D.

Head of Cancer Genetics and Genomics,

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Interrogating the Architecture of Cancer Genomes

Recommended Readings:

The Past, Present and Future of Genome Sequencing

Forbes, Simon A.; Beare, David; Gunasekaran, Prasad; et al. (2015). COSMIC: exploring the world’s knowledge of somatic mutations in human cancer. NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH. 43(D1): D805-D811

Martincorena, Inigo; Campbell, Peter J. (2015). Somatic mutation in cancer and normal cellsSCIENCE.  349(6255): 1483-1489

Alioto, Tyler S.; Buchhalter, Ivo; Derdak, Sophia; et al. (2015). A comprehensive assessment of somatic mutation detection in cancer using whole-genome sequencingNATURE COMMUNICATIONS. 6(10001)

Alexandrov, Ludmil B.; Nik-Zainal, Serena; Wedge, David C.; et al. (2013). Signatures of mutational processes in human cancer. NATURE. 500(7463): 415-+

Yates, Lucy R.; Campbell, Peter J. (2012). Evolution of the cancer genome. NATURE REVIEWS GENETICS. 13(11): 795-806  



Recommended Readings: Jon Clardy, Ph.D. March 24, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, March 24, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Jon Clardy, Ph.D.

Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor,

Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

The Rockefeller University

Small Molecule Modulators of Multilateral Symbioses

Recommended Readings:

Pupo, Monica T.; Currie, Cameron R.; Clardy, Jon (2017). Microbial Symbionts of Insects are the Focus of the First International Cooperative Biodiversity Group (ICBG) in Brazil. JOURNAL OF THE BRAZILIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. 28 (3): 393-401

Ruzzini, Antonio C.; Clardy, Jon (2016). Gene Flow and Molecular Innovation in Bacteria. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 26(18)R859-R864

Cantley, Alexandra M.; Clardy, Jon (2015). Animals in a bacterial world: opportunities for chemical ecology.  NATURAL PRODUCT REPORTS. 32(7): 888-892

Sit, Clarissa S.; Ruzzini, Antonio C.; Van Arnam, Ethan B.; et al. (2015). Variable genetic architectures produce virtually identical molecules in bacterial symbionts of fungus-growing ants. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 112(43)13150-13154

Ramadhar, Timothy R.; Beemelmanns, Christine; Currie, Cameron R.; et al. (2014). Bacterial symbionts in agricultural systems provide a strategic source for antibiotic discover. JOURNAL OF ANTIBIOTICS. 67(1): 53-58

Crawford, Jason M.; Clardy, Jon (2011). Bacterial symbionts and natural products. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. 47(27): 7559-7566

Oh, Dong-Chan; Poulsen, Michael; Currie, Cameron R.; et al. (2009). Dentigerumycin: a bacterial mediator of an ant-fungus symbiosis.  NATURE CHEMICAL BIOLOGY. 5(6) 391-393




Recommended Readings: Elly Tanaka, Ph.D. March 17, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, March 17, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Elly Tanaka, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist,

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria

The Control of Growth, Signaling, and Patterning during Vertebrate Limb Regeneration

Recommended Readings:

Tanaka, Elly M. (2016). The Molecular and Cellular Choreography of Appendage on Regeneration. CELL. 165(7): 1598-1608

Tornini, Valerie A.; Puliafito, Alberto; Slota, Leslie A.; et al. (2016). Live Monitoring of Blastemal Cell Contributions during Appendage Regeneration. CURRENT BIOLOGY. 26(22): 2981-2991 

Sandoval-Guzman, Tatiana; Wang, Heng; Khattak, Shahryar; et al. (2014). Fundamental Differences in Dedifferentiation and Stem Cell Recruitment during Skeletal Muscle Regeneration in Two Salamander Species. CELL STEM CELL. 14(2): 174-187

Khattak, Shahryar; Schuez, Maritta; Richter, Tobias; et al. (2013). Germline Transgenic Methods for Tracking Cells and Testing Gene Function during Regeneration in the Axolotl. STEM CELL REPORTS. 1(1): 90-103

Simon, Andras; Tanaka, Elly M. (2013). Limb regeneration.  WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY. 2(2): 291-300

Recommended Readings: Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D. March 10, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, March 10, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Nancy Kanwisher, Ph.D.

Walter A. Rosenblith Professor,

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences,

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Functional Imaging of the Human Brain:  A Window into the Organization of the Human Mind

Recommended Readings:

Osher, David E.; Saxe, Rebecca R.; Koldewyn, Kami; et al. (2016). Structural Connectivity Fingerprints Predict Cortical Selectivity for Multiple Visual Categories across Cortex. CEREBRAL CORTEX. 26(4): 1668-1683
Yovel, Galit; Belin, Pascal (2013). A unified coding strategy for processing faces and voices. TRENDS IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES. 17(6): 263-271
Kanwisher, Nancy (2010). Functional specificity in the human brain: A window into the functional architecture of the mind. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 107(25): 11163-11170
Kanwisher, Nancy; Yovel, Galit (2006). The fusiform face area: a cortical region specialized for the perception of faces. PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY B-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. 361(1476): 2109-2128


Recommended Readings: Leslie B. Vosshall, Ph.D. March 3, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, March 03, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Leslie B. Vosshall, Ph.D.

Robin Chemers Neustein Professor and Head,

Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior,

The Rockefeller University


Recommended Readings:

Bezzina A. Malaria infection smells irresistible to mosquitoes. Cosmos. Feb 9 2017

Hurd H. Afraid of malaria? Get a chicken. BMC Blogs Network (blog). Aug 16 2016

Matthews, Benjamin J.; McBride, Carolyn S.; DeGennaro, Matthew; et al. (2016). The neurotranscriptome of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. BMC GENOMICS. 17(32)

Kistler, Kathryn E.; Vosshall, Leslie B.; Matthews, Benjamin J. (2015). Genome Engineering with CRISPR-Cas9 in the Mosquito Aedes aegypti. CELL REPORTS. 11(1): 51-60

McBride, Carolyn S.; Baier, Felix; Omondi, Aman B.; et al. (2014). Evolution of mosquito preference for humans linked to an odorant receptor. NATURE. 515(7526): 222-U151

McMeniman, Conor J.; Corfas, Roman A.; Matthews, Benjamin J.; et al. (2014). Multimodal Integration of Carbon Dioxide and Other Sensory Cues Drives Mosquito Attraction to Humans. CELL. 156(5): 1060-1071  

Takken, Willem; Verhulst, Niels O. (2013). Host Preferences of Blood-Feeding Mosquitoes.

Recommended Readings: Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.

Friday Lectures

Friday, February 24, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Jeffrey M. Friedman,  M.D., Ph.D.

Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and Head,

Laboratory of Molecular Genetics

The Rockefeller University

Leptin Physiology, Pathophysiology and

the Neural Circuit Regulating Body Weight


Recommended Readings:

Friedman, Jeffrey (2016). The long road to leptin. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL INVESTIGATION. 126(12): 4727-4734

Friedman, Jeffrey M.; Mantzoros, Christos S. (2015). 20 years of leptin: From the discovery of the leptin gene to leptin in our therapeutic armamentarium. METABOLISM-CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL. 64(1): 1-4   PLEASE REQUEST FROM MARKUS LIBRARY

Bouret, Sebastien G.; Bates, Sarah H.; Chen, Stephen; et al. (2012). Distinct Roles for Specific Leptin Receptor Signals in the Development of Hypothalamic Feeding Circuits. JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE. 32(4): 1244-1252

Domingos, Ana I.; Vaynshteyn, Jake; Voss, Henning U.; et al. (2011). Leptin regulates the reward value of nutrient. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE. 14(12): 1562-U92

Davis, Jon F.; Choi, Derrick L.; Schurdak, Jennifer D.; et al. (2011). Leptin Regulates Energy Balance and Motivation Through Action at Distinct Neural Circuits BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY. 69(7): 668-674

Mantzoros, Christos S.; Magkos, Faidon; Brinkoetter, Mary; et al. (2011). Leptin in human physiology and pathophysiology.  AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSIOLOGY-ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM. 301(4): E567-E584

Wang, May-yun; Chen, Lijun; Clark, Gregory O.; et al. (2010). Leptin therapy in insulin-deficient type I diabetes. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. 107(11): 4813-4819

Oral, EA; Simha, V; Ruiz, E; et al. (2002). Leptin-replacement therapy for lipodystrophy. NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE. 346(8): 570-578



Recommended Readings: Edward S. Boyden Ph.D. Friday February 17, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, February 17, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Edward S. Boyden,  Ph.D.

Associate Professor

MIT Media Lab

Optical Tools for Analyzing and Repairing

Complex Biological Systems

Recommended Readings:

Boyden, Edward S. (2015). Optogenetics and the future of neuroscience. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE. 18(12): 1862-1862

Chen, Fei; Tillberg, Paul W.; Boyden, Edward S. (2015). Expansion microscopy. SCIENCE. 347(6221): 543-548   

Madisen, Linda; Mao, Tianyi; Koch, Henner; et al. (2012). A toolbox of Cre-dependent optogenetic transgenic mice for light-induced activation and silencing. NATURE NEUROSCIENCE. 15(5): 793-802

Bernstein, Jacob G.; Garrity, Paul A.; Boyden, Edward S.  (2012). Optogenetics and thermogenetics: technologies for controlling the activity of targeted cells within intact neural circuits. CURRENT OPINION IN NEUROBIOLOGY.   22(1): 61-71