Recommended Readings: Michael P. Rout, Ph.D., Monday May 15th, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, May 15, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Michael P. Rout, Ph.D.

 Professor and Head,

Laboratory of Cellular and Structural Biology

The Rockefeller University

Getting the Hole Picture: Structure-Function Mapping of the Nuclear Pore Complex

Recommended Readings:

Timney, Benjamin L.; Raveh, Barak; Mironska, Roxana; et al. (2016). Simple rules for passive diffusion through the nuclear pore complex. JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY. 215(1): 57-76

Raveh, Barak; Karp, Jerome M.; Sparks, Samuel; et al. (2016). Slide-and-exchange mechanism for rapid and selective transport through the nuclear pore complex. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA . 113(18): E2489-E2497

Fernandez-Martinez, Javier; Kim, Seung Joong; Shi, Yi; et al. (2016). Structure and Function of the Nuclear Pore Complex Cytoplasmic mRNA Export Platform. CELL. 167(5): 1215-+

Tu, Li-Chun; Fu, Guo; Zilman, Anton; et al. (2013). Large cargo transport by nuclear pores: implications for the spatial organization of FG-nucleoporins.EMBO JOURNAL. 32(24): 3220-3230

Fernandez-Martinez, Javier; Phillips, Jeremy; Sekedat, Matthew D.; et al. (2012). Structure-function mapping of a heptameric module in the nuclear pore complex. JOURNAL OF CELL BIOLOGY. 196(4): 419-434

Grossman, Einat; Medalia, Ohad; Zwerger, Monika (2012). Functional Architecture of the Nuclear Pore Complex. ANNUAL REVIEW OF BIOPHYSICS. 41: 557-584

Recommended Readings: Sue Biggins, Ph.D., Friday May 5th, 2017

Friday Lectures

Friday, May 5th, 2017   3:45 p.m.

Caspary Auditorium

Sue Biggins, Ph.D.

Member and Associate Director

Division of Basic Sciences

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Sensing Tension at Kinetochores

Recommended Readings: 

Miller, Matthew P.; Asbury, Charles L.; Biggins, Sue (2016). A TOG Protein Confers Tension Sensitivity to Kinetochore-Microtubule Attachments. CELL. 165(6): 1428-1439

Musacchio, Andrea (2015). The Molecular Biology of Spindle Assembly Checkpoint Signaling Dynamics. CURRENT BIOLOGY.  25(20): R1002-R1018

Biggins, Sue (2015). Under tension: Kinetochores and Basic Research. GENETICS. 200(3): 681-682

London, Nitobe; Biggins, Sue (2014). Signalling dynamics in the spindle checkpoint response. NATURE REVIEWS MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY. 15 (11): 735-747

Sarangapani, Krishna K.; Duro, Eris; Deng, Yi; et al. (2014). Sister kinetochores are mechanically fused during meiosis I in yeast. SCIENCE. 346(6206): 248-251

Biggins, Sue (2013). The Composition, Functions, and Regulation of the Budding Yeast Kinetochore. GENETICS. 194(4): 817-846

Gonen, Shane; Akiyoshi, Bungo; Iadanza, Matthew G.; et al. (2012). The structure of purified kinetochores reveals multiple microtubule-attachment sites. NATURE STRUCTURAL & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY. 19( 9): 925-929







Recommended Readings: Alipasha Vaziri, Ph.D., Monday May 1, 2017

Monday Lectures

Monday, May 1, 2017  3:45 p.m.

Carson Family Auditorium

Alipasha Vaziri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Head,

Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics

The Rockefeller University

Optical Tools for Unraveling Whole-brain Neuronal Circuit Dynamics Underlying Behavior

Recommended Readings:

Prevedel, Robert; Verhoef, Aart J.; Pernia-Andrade, Alejandro J.; et al. (2016).  Fast volumetric calcium imaging across multiple cortical layers using sculpted light. NATURE METHODS. 13(12): 1021-U215

Rupprecht, Peter; Prevedel, Robert; Groessl, Florian; et al. (2015). Optimizing and extending light-sculpting microscopy for fast functional imaging in neuroscience. BIOMEDICAL OPTICS EXPRESS. 6(2): 353-368

Prevedel, Robert; Yoon, Young-Gyu; Hoffmann, Maximilian; et al. (2014). Simultaneous whole-animal 3D imaging of neuronal activity using light-field microscopy. NATURE METHODS. 11(7): 727-U161

Schrodel, Tina; Prevedel, Robert; Aumayr, Karin; et al. (2013). Brain-wide 3D imaging of neuronal activity in Caenorhabditis elegans with sculpted light. NATURE METHODS. 10(10)1013-+

Fenno, Lief; Yizhar, Ofer; Deisseroth, Karl. (2011). The Development and Application of Optogenetics.  ANNUAL REVIEW OF NEUROSCIENCE. 34: 389-412

Andrasfalvy, Bertalan K.; Zemelman, Boris V.; Tang, Jianyong; et al. (2010).Two-photon single-cell optogenetic control of neuronal activity by sculpted light. PNAS. 107(26): 11981-11986







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: 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: 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