Formal Research Seminars

The Buck Institute hosts a number of scientific seminars throughout the year, offering talks on current research by national and international scientists for faculty, students and postdoctoral fellows. FRS Seminars are open to the public. Individuals wishing to attend should respond with their name, email address, and seminar date to:

Seminars are held in the Dexler Auditorium at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.

Date Speaker/Title

November 17

Lynda Bonewald, Ph.D.

Director, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health; Professor, Anatomy & Cell Biology and Orthopedic Surgery at Unidiana University

The Effects of Voluntary Exercise on Aging Osteocyte-Muscle Crosstalk

Hosted by Professor Simon Melov


January 12

Louis Lapierre, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemsitry, Brown University

Novel and conserved modulators of autophagy and lifespan

Hosted by Professor Jennifer Garrison

January 26

Graeme Davis, Ph.D.

Professor, Chair, Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF School of Medicine

Title: TBA

Hosted by Professor Pejmun Haghighi

February 2

Michael Petrascheck, Ph.D

Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Scripps California Campus, Los Angeles

Slowing Aging Late in Life

Hosted by Professor Gordon Lithgow

February 9

Greg Wray, Ph.D.

Director of the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, Professor of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Title: TBA 

Hosted by Professor Rachel Brem

February 23

Martin Hetzer, PhD

Vice President, Chief Science Officer, Professor, Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA

Mechanisms that mediate the long-term survival and aging of neurons in the adult brain

Hosted by Professor Eric Verdin

March 2

Andrew Brack, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF

Skeletal Muscle Stem Cells: Regeneration and Aging

Hosted by Professor Pejmun Haghighi and Postdoc Harshi Peiris

March 9

Stephan Sigrist, Ph.D.

Professor, Institute of Biology, Freie Universtät Berlin & Neurocure, Charité University Medicine Berlin

A synaptic basis of Age-Induced Memory Decline

Hosted by Professor Pejmun Haghighi

March 16


Eric Lai, Ph.D


Professor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Title: TBA

March 23

Kevin Kit Parker, Ph.D.

Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Disease Biophysics Group, Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Title: TBA

Hosted by Professor Simon Melov

March 30

Carrie Adler, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, Dept. of Molecular Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Stem cells and organ regeneration in immortal planarian flatworms    

Hosted by Professor Jennifer Garrison

April 27