The Developmental Biology Colloquium is integrated with the spring Developmental Biology Seminar series (led by Dave Sherwood). Speakers are selected with the intention of bringing a diverse group of nationally and internationally distinguished researchers-spanning different fields of research, model organisms and with diverse backgrounds, themselves. Second year DSCB students invite and host at least two speakers each year. Students meet weekly with faculty to discuss papers published by the speaker's laboratory, and then meet with the seminar speaker immediately following the seminar. Several students attend a dinner with the speaker and faculty host. In this way, students are able to network with many of the leaders in the field of Developmental Biology. 

2024 Colloquium Speakers

January 17, 2024

Arnaldo Carreira Rosario, PhD

Duke University

Spontaneous network activity and the development of innate behavior


January 24, 2024

Sharon Gerecht, PhD

Duke University

Microenvironmental regulation of microvasculature assembly and function


January 31, 2024

Jeff Biernaskie, PhD

University of Calgary

“Mechanisms underlying scar versus regenerative wound healing”


February 7, 2024

Ken Lau, PhD

Vanderbilt University

“Multi-omic mapping of colorectal premalignant-to-malignant transition”


February 14, 2024

Yarui Diao, PhD

Department of Cell Biology – Duke University

"Regneration Genomics”


February 21, 2024  

Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

The Birth, Migration, and Integration of New Neurons in the Postnatal Brain.


February 28, 2024

Nadejda (Nadia) Tsankova, MD PhD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 “Resolving progenitor diversity and cortical gliogenesis in human neurodevelopment: new insights into coopted disease states


March 6, 2024

Carla Kim, PhD

Harvard Medical School


March 20, 2024

Jorge Piedrahita, PhD

North Carolina State University

The Role of Adult Stem Cells in Homeostasis and Repair. The Expanding Story of LGR5 Stem Cells


March 26, 2024

Blair Benjamin-Pyle, PhD


De-constructing and Re-constructing Regenerative Capacity: Identifying the cells and molecules essential for planarian resilience and whole-body regeneration.


April 6, 2024

Daria Siekhaus, PhD



April 10, 2024

David Pfennig, PhD

University of North Carolina

Evolution and the Flexible Organism.


Previous Speakers

Anne West; January 27, 2021
Title: Chromatin regulation of neuronal maturation in the developing brain

Xinnian Dong; February 3, 2021
Title: Immunity in plants without a specialized immune system

Blanche Capel; February 10, 2021
Title: The Battle of the Sexes: Setting the gonad on the male pathway

Pelin Volkan; February 17, 2021
Title: Chromatin-based reprogramming of reproductive behaviors with internal and external states

Ben Alman; February 24, 2021
Title: The rejuvenation of fracture repair: its all in the blood

Matthew Hilton; March 3, 2021
Title: HES1 is a modifier of SHH-GLI3 in regulating digit numbers

Eda Yildirim; March 17, 2021
Title: Transcription and chromatin structure regulation by nucleoporin proteins

Sarah Goetz; March 24, 2021
Title: Signaling at the Cell’s Antenna: Primary Cilia in Development and Disease

Dave McClay; March 31, 2021
Title: Making and Monitoring Mesoderm Morphogenesis

Michel Bagnat; April 7, 2021
Title: Mechanical and Nutritional Roles of Giant Lysosomes in Vertebrates

Dong Yan; April 14, 2021
Title: Gap junction formation in C. elegans

Craig Lowe; April 21, 2021
Title: Fishing for the genetic basis of human adaptation and disease

Victor Corces, Emory Univ. – January 15, 2020
Title: Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of obesity
Host: Yarui Diao

Richard Gomer, Texas A&M Univ. – January 22, 2020
Title: Dictyostelium secreted factors: insights into acute respiratory distress syndrome and tuberculosis
Host: Matt Scaglione

Magdalena Bezanilla, Dartmouth College – January 29, 2020
Title: The dynamic intersection of calcium and the cytoskeleton controls polarized growth 
Host: Masa Onishi

Molly Hammell, Cold Spring Harbor – February 5, 2020
Title: Three Stressors in ALS: Oxidative Stress, Neuroinflammation, and Retrotransposons
Host: Zhao Zhang

Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez, Univ. of Toronto – February 12, 2020
Title: Coordinating cell movements: cellular and molecular dynamics at the leading edge
Host: Second Year DSCB Graduate Students

Elaine Fuchs, The Rockefeller Univ. – February 19, 2020
Title: Stem Cells: It's All About the Neighborhood
Host: Amanda MacLeod

Doug Millay, Univ. Of Cinn. – February 26, 2020
Title: Mergers and acquisitions: making multinucleated muscle through cell fusion
Host: Ken Poss, RNI

Nannette Nascone-Yoder, NC State Univ. – March 4, 2020
Title: Left, Right and Wrong: a multi-pronged approach to understanding birth defects
Host: Second Year DSCB Graduate Students

Julie Sneddon, UCSF – March 18, 2020 - canceled, rescheduled for next year
Title: Engineering the Endocrine Pancreas
Host: Nina Tsvetanova

Jessica Tyler, Cornell Univ. – March 25, 2020 - canceled, rescheduled for next year
Title: Using budding yeast as a model to understand stem cell aging
Host: Eda Yildirim

Rachel Roberts-Galbraith, Univ. of GA – April 1, 2020 - canceled, rescheduled for next year
Title: Off with their heads: understanding regeneration using planarian flatworms
Host: Sarah Goetz

Meng Wang, Baylor College of Medicine – April 8, 2020 - canceled, rescheduled for next year
Title: Signaling Role of Matabolites in Longevity Regulation
Host: Dong Yan

Noriaki Ono, Univ. of Michigan – April 15, 2020 - canceled, rescheduled for next year
Title: Skeletal/mesenchymal stem cells: How much do we know about them?
Host: Courtney Karner

Jennifer Cremins, U. Penn - January 16, 2019
Title: Reconfiguration of the 3D Epigenome in brain development and disease

Elizabeth Chen, UT Southwestern - January 23, 2019
Title: To Invade or Resist: That is the Question - Mechanisms of Cell-Cell Fusion

Michel Cayouette, Univ. of Montreal - January 30, 2019
Title: Building and rebuilding the retina

Artyom Kopp, UC Davis – February 6, 2019
Title: The origin and evolution of sex specific traits in Drosophila

Jessica Whited, Harvard Stem Cell Institute – February 13, 2019
Title: Uncovering regenerative constraints and mechanisms using axolotis

Amy Gladfelter, UNC – Chapel Hill – February 20, 2019
Title: The organization of cytosol by RNA-driven phase separation

Lillian Fritz-Laylin, Univ. of Mass Amherst – February 27, 2019
Title: Our evolving view of cell motility

Vicki Rosen, Harvard – March 6, 2019
Title: BMP signaling regulates skeletal stem cell niches

Madhav Mani, Northwestern University – March 20, 2019
Title: Taking a statistical (physics) approach to developmental biology

Celina Juliano, UC Davis – March 27, 2019
Title: Mechanisms of development and regeneration in Hydra

Alex Pollen, UCSF – April 3, 2019
Title: Establishing Cerebral Organoids as Models of Human-Specific Brain Evolution

Mark Krasnow, Stanford Univ. – April 20, 2019
Title: Lung stem cells, their niches, and cancer at single cell resolution

Deneen Welik, University of Michigan – April 17, 2019
Title: Are Hox-expressing cells musculoskeletal stem cells?

David Parichy, Univ. of Virginia - January 17, 2018
Title: Developmental genetics of zebrafish pigment pattern formation

Andrea Page-McCaw, Vanderbilt University - January 24, 2018
Title: Knowing there's a problem: Mechanisms of epithelial wound detection

Guo-Li Ming, University of Pennsylvania - January 31, 2018
Title: Understanding human neurodevelopment and diseases using human iPSC based 2D and 3D models

Stefano Di Talia, Duke University - February 7, 2018
Title: Chemical waves and synchronization in embryonic development and regeneration

Ben Emery, OHSU - February 14, 2018
Title: Myelination in the CNS: Intrinsic and extrinsic regulation

Valentina Greco, Yale University - February 21, 2018
Title: Capturing principles of tissue dynamics and function by live imaging

Jennifer Nemhauser, Washington University - February 28, 2018
Title: Plant Logic

Damaris Lorenzo, UNC-Chapel Hill - March 7, 2018
Title: Cell-autonomous obesity due to loss of ankyrin-B function

Cliff Ragsdale, University of Chicago - March 21, 2018
Title: Evolutionary Biology of Octopus Brain & Development

Veronique Lefebvre, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute - March 28, 2018
Title: SOXcessful control of skeletal cell fate and differentiation

Andrew Belmont, University of Illinois - April 4, 2018
Title: Microscopy and TSA-Seq Mapping of Nuclear Genome Organization Point to Nuclear Speckles as a Major Transcriptional Hub

Xin Sun, UCSD - April 11, 2018
Title: Know Thy Neighbor, Building a Functional Lung

Mary Goll, University of Georgia - April 18, 2018
Title: Chromatin dynamics at the maternal to zygotic transition

Alex Jaworski, Brown University – January 18, 2017
Title: Axon guidance in mice

Anna Sokac, Baylor Medical School – January 25, 2017
Title: Drosophila morphogenesis

Bejamin Martin, Stony Brook – February 1, 2017
Title: Stem cell development and cancer pathogenesis” in zebrafish

Jody Rosenblatt, University of Utah – February 8, 2017
Title: Cell Extrusion

Michelle Arbeitman, FSU – February 15, 2017
Title: Courtship and reproductive behaviors of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster

Nicola Allen, Salk Institute – February 22, 2017
Title: Astrocyte function in neuronal connections

Joan Taylor, UNC-Chapel Hill – March 1, 2017
Title: Normal and aberrant growth in the cardiovascular system

Marisa Bartolomei, UPENN – March 8, 2017
Title: Genomic imprinting and X inactivation in mice

Tony Harris, Univ. of Toronto – March 22, 2017
Title: Drosophila Tissue Development

Zach Pincus, Washington University – March 29, 2017
Title: Individual variability, aging, and robustness

Pantelis Rompolas, Penn State – April 5, 2017
Title: Stem Cell Biology in hair follicles

Andy McCallion, Johns Hopkins – April 12, 2017
Title: Cis-regulatory elements in neurological disease & zebrafish development

Bernhard Kuhn, University of Pittsburgh – April 19, 2017
Title: Heart Regeneration Mice

Debbie Yelong, UCSD – January 20, 2016
Title: Sculpting the Heart: Dynamic Regulation of Organ Dimensions

Nicholas Plachta, Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology – January 27, 2016
Title: Seeing how mammalian life starts: Quantitative imaging in mouse embryos

Carole Parent, CCR, NCI – February 3, 2016
Title: Live imaging of signal relay during chemotaxis and its relevance to inflammation

Adam Martin, MIT – February 10, 2016
RhoA GTPase inhibition organizes contraction during epithelial morphogenesis

Eric Olson, UT Southwestern Medical Center – February 17, 2016
Exploring Muscle Development, Disease and Regeneration

Ruth Lehmann, Skirball Institute and NYU – February 24, 2016
Forming the Next Generation

Konrad Hochedlinger, MGH Dept. of Molecular Biology – March 3, 2016
Dissecting mechanisms that safeguard somatic and pluripotent cell fates

Nanette Nascone-Yoder, NC State Univ. college of Veterinary Medicine – March 9, 2016
Ahead of the curve: how the stomach becomes left-right asymmetric

Cliff Tabin, Harvard Medical School – March 23, 2016
The development and evolution of the vertebrate body plan

Amy Maddox, UNC-Chapel Hill – March 30, 2016
Dynamic and stable rings in cell division and development

Nasser Rusan, NIH – April 6, 2016
Using embryos and stem cells to unlock centrosome secrets

Mary Gehring, Whitehead Institute – April 13, 2016
Epigenomic Reprogramming during Plant Development

Richard Mann, Columbia Univ – April 20, 2016
Linking Development and Function in the Drosophila Adult Motor System

Rich Schneider, UCSF – January 14, 2015

Bob Franks, NC State University, Dept. of Genetics – January 21, 2015

Shawn Ahmed, UNC-Chapel Hill – January 28, 2015

Caroline and Geoff Burns, MGH Harvard – February 4, 2015

David M. Parichy, Univ. of Washington – February 11, 2015

Julie Canman, Columbia Univ. – February 18, 2015

Judith Yanowitz, Univ. of Pittsburgh – February 25, 2015

Brad Davidson, Swarthmore – March 4, 2015

Stephani Gupton, UNC – Chapel Hill – March 18, 2015

Sally Horne-Badovinac, Univ. of Chicago – March 25, 2015

Rosalind Segal, Harvard – April 1, 2015

Lee Niswander, Univ. of Colorado, Denver – April 8, 2015

Matt Tyska, Vanderbilt – April 15, 2015

Verena Gobel, Harvard - January 22, 2014

David Miller, Vanderbilt - January 29, 2014

Bruce Draper, UC Davis - February 5, 2014

Robb Krumlauf, Stowers Institute - February 12, 2014

Vivian Budnick, Univ of Mass - February 19, 2014

Alex Nechiporuk, Oregon Health Services - February 26, 2014

Helen McNeill, Mount Sinai Hospital - March 5, 2014

Celeste Nelson, Princeton - March 19, 2014

Jeff Long, UCLA - March 26, 2014

Jane Hubbard, NYU - April 2, 2014

Kathryn Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering - April 9, 2014

Tatyana Svitkina, U of Penn - April 16, 2014

Valerie Horsley, Yale – January 16, 2013
Title: Stem Cell Biology in the Vertebrate Epidermis

Yingzi Yang, NIH, NHGRI – January 23, 2013
Title: Wnt and Hedgehog Signaling in Skeletal Development and Disease

David Sherwood, Duke Univ. – January 30, 2013
Title: Breaching the basement membrane: Anchor cell invasion in C. elegans

Freda Miller, Univ. of Toronto – February 6, 2013
Title: Stem cells: building and rebuilding the nervous system

David Pfenning, UNC-Chapel Hill – February 13, 2013
Title: Interplay of Ecology, Evolution and Development

Cassandra Extavour, Harvard – February 20, 2013
Title: The evolution of novel and diverse mechanisms of arthropod germ cell specification

Kaveh Ashrafi, UCSF – February 27, 2013
Title: Fat Regulation in C. elegans

Wesley Grueber, Columbia – March 6, 2013
Title: Molecular control of neuronal shape and neural circuit development in Drosophila

Keiko Torri, Univ. of WA – March 20, 2013
Title: Communication, Fate and Decision Making during Stomatal Development in Plants

William Theurkauf, UMASS – March 27, 2013
Title: Mechanisms that maintain the integrity of the genome in Drosophila

Laurie Boyer, MIT – April 3, 2013
Title: Molecular basis of ESC Pluripotency

Jeremy Nance, NYU – April 10, 2013
Title: C. elegans gastrulation

Thaddeus Stappenbeck, WA Univ. – April 17, 2013
Title: Development and Regeneration of the Intestine