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The Keck Seminar Series, begun in 1990, focuses on contemporary interdisciplinary science involving quantitative or computational, biomedical informatics and data science, bioinformatics, chemical, and/or physical approaches to biological and biomedical problems. The speakers, selected by a committee of GCC-supported trainees, are drawn from GCC institutions, and institutions nationwide. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Keck Seminar Series is also a 1-credit graduate course at Rice University, BIOS 592 Topics in Quantitative Biology & Biomedical Informatics. Seminars are also offered online via Zoom; however, trainees affiliated with GCC training programs are required to attend the seminars in person.

Spring 2024 Keck Seminars will begin on January 19, and the final seminar will be on April 19. Seminars take place from 4:00-5:15 pm Fridays in Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) room 280. Rice map.

Those not on the Keck Seminar listserv are to please contact Elizabeth Lawrence for the Zoom login information for a particular seminar; it is not the same every week.

If you would like to receive the Keck Seminar listserv weekly reminders, please email Elizabeth Lawrence.

For questions, speaker suggestions, or to join our trainee Keck Seminar planning committee, email Elizabeth Lawrence or Jim Briggs.

Keck Seminar Series - Spring 2024

January 19, 2024  Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH

Professor of English, Director of Medical Humanities Research Institute

Rice University

Seminar Title: Medical Humanities and Computational Health

Host: Ivan Coronado

January 26, 2024 Career Panel, Academia

Dr. Risa B. Myers (Rice), Dr. Carly S. Filgueira (HMRI), Dr. Kendra Carmon (UTH),

Seminar Title: Career Advice for Entering Academic Faculty Positions

Host: Vicki Alger

February 2, 2024  Julianne Pollard-Larkin, PhD

Associate Professor, Radiation Physics

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Seminar Title: The Future of Physics Is You! From AI to FLASH-RT!

Host: Christina van Hal

February 16, 2024 Tatiana Schnur, PhD

Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UTHealth

Seminar Title: Brain-Behavior Organization of Connected Speech Production: Insights from Acute Stroke

Host: William Shropshire

Feb 23, 2024  Gracie Vargas, PhD

Professor, Neuroscience, Cell Biology, & Anatomy

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

Seminar Title: My Academic Journey in Light: Biomedical Optics in Noninvasive Diagnostics and Intravital Study of Neuroinfection

Host: Kevin Wilhelm

March 1, 2024 Omid Veiseh, PhD

Associate Professor, Bioengineering

Rice University

Seminar Title: Bioengineering Cell-Based Therapeutics

Host: Sara Abouelniaj

March 8, 2024  Richard Willson, PhD

Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysical Sciences

University of Houston

Seminar Topic: Discovery and What Comes Next: Patents, Licensing, and Startups

Host: Jacob McPherson

March 22, 2024  33rd Keck Annual Research Conference Poster Winners

Lois Armendariz (Rice), Jacob McPherson (UH), and Elise Zimmerman (Rice)

Host: Melissa Glueck

April 5, 2024 Seth Walk, PhD
via Zoom

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Montana State University

Seminar Title: Therapeutic Manipulation of the Human Gut Microbiome

Host: Thanh Phuong Le

April 12, 2024  Calla Olson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Baylor College of Medicine

Seminar Title: From One RNA Helicase to Another and My Journey in Between

Host: Justin Van Riper

April 19, 2024  Robert Britton, PhD

Professor, Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Baylor College of Medicine

Seminar Title: Engineered Microbes for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease

Host: Justin Van Riper

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