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2020 MCN Seminars
All seminars will begin at 4:00 PM in 46-3002  (Singleton Auditorium), followed by a social till 6 PM
MCN student lunch with all visisting speakers (Non MIT Staff).  All students need to sign up by contacting Charles Moss (
 Feb. 07      Joseph Takahashi, UT Southwestern  
                   Title: Circadian Clock Genes and the Importance of Timing in Aging and Longevity. 


Mar. 06      Piali Sengupta, Brandeis University 
                   Title: Food Mind Control: Regulation of Sensory Behaviors by Bacterial Diet in C. elegans. 

Apr. 03       Corey Harwell, Harvard Medical School  Cancelled to 12/04/20
                   Title: Origins of Neural Diversity in the Septum. 
May 18       Sheena Josselyn, University of Toronto  Cancelled to 11/06/20
                   Title: Neuronal Alocation to an Engram. 
Sept. 08    Daniel Johnston, University of Texas  
Oct. 09      Melanie Samuel, Baylor Cllege of Medicine 
Nov. 06       Sheena Josselyn, University of Toronto 
Dec. 04       Corey Harwell, Harvard Medical School
                   Title: Neuronal Alocation to an Engram. 
2019 MCN Seminars
All seminars will begin at 4:00 PM in 46-3002  (Singleton Auditorium), followed by a social till 6 PM
MCN student lunch with all visisting speakers only.  (Non MIT Staff).  Studnet need to sign up by contacting Charles Moss (
-- Fall  2019 --
Sep. 20       Steve Flavell (MIT)
                   Serotonergic Circuits that Control Persistent Behavioral States
Oct. 04        Krezel Wojcieh (IGBMC- at the Universityh of Strasbourg)
                        Vitamin A in Striatal Development and Neurodegeneration
Nov. 08       Matthew Kennedy (University of Colorado Denver) 
                   New Approaches for Manipulating Synapse Function and Neuronal Cell Biology
                   with Light
Dec. 06       Matthew Dalva (Jefferson College of Life Sciences)
                   Synapse Formation and Plasticity: Effects of Biological-Sex
                   and Synaptic Nanostructure
-- Spring 2019 --
Feb. 08       David Bartel (MIT)
                  A Network of Noncoding Regulatory RNAs that Act in the Mammalian Brain
Mar. 15       Oleg Butovsky (Harvard Medical School)
                  Dual Faces of Dr. Jekyll Microglia: Degenerating Neurons Cannot 'Hyde'
Apr. 05       Avi Rodal (Brandeis Unversity)
                  Routing and Remodeling Membranes at the Synapse
May 10       Susumu Tomita (Yale School of Medicine)
                  Molecular Constituents of Synaptic Transmission
2018 MCN Seminars
(All seminars begin at 4:00 PM in 46-3002  (Singleton Auditorium), followed by a social to 6 PM) (December 7, 2018 will be held in Picower Seminar Room 46-3310)
MCN student lunch with all guest speakers that aren't MIT staff members.  To sign up contact Charles Moss (
-- Fall  2018 --
 Sep. 14        CANCELLED Fan Wang (Duke University)
                     "General Anesthesia, Sleep, and Pain"
                    Rescheduled:  October 26, 2018
 Oct. 05         Rosalind Segal (Dana-Faber Cancer Inst.)
                     "Axonal Survival: RNA Transport and Translation"
Oct. 26        Fan Wang (Duke University)
                     "General Anesthesia, Sleep, and Pain"
                       Special Location:  Picower seminar room 46-3310
Nov.16         MCN Student Symposium
                     Scarlet Barker (Tsai Lab)
                    "Resilient Brains: Mef2 Activity is Associated with Cognitive Enhancement and
                     Reserve in Mice and Humans"
                    Galen Lynch (Fee Lab)
                    "Rhythmic Continuous -Time Coding in the Songbird Analog of Vocal Motor Cortex"
                    Hannah Wirtshafter (Wilson Lab)
                   "Neuronal Activity in the Lateral Septum During Navigation"
Dec. 07        Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard University)
                    "The Genetic Basis of Behavioral Evolution"
                     Picower seminar room 46-3310
--  Spring  2018 --
Feb. 09        Joshua Sanes (Harvard University)
                     "Formation of Neural Circuits in the Retina: Cells and Molecules"
Mar. 02        Rachel Wilson (Harvard medical School)
                    "Neural Correlates of Orienting Behaviors and Latent Action Biases"
Apr. 06        Troy Littleton (MIT)
                    "Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Heterogeneity of Neurotransmitter Release
                     Probability at Synapses"
May. 04       Hisashi Umemori (Boston Children's Hosp.)
                    "The Dopaminergic Synaptic Organizers"
May. 11       Uri Ashery (Tel Aviv University)
                    "From Protein Structure to Neuronal Network Activity: The Role of DOC2B in           
                    Asynchronous Neurotransmitter Release"
2017 MCN Seminars
(All seminars begin at 4:00 PM in 46-3002  (Singleton Auditorium), followed by a social to 6 PM)
--  Fall  --
Sep. 15         Fen-Biao Gao (UMass Medical School)
                     "Insights from Drosophila and iPSC Models of C90RF72-related ALS/FTD"
Oct. 20         MCN Student Symposium:
                     Kutay Atabay (Reddien Lab)
                    "Mechanisms of Self-Organization in the Planarian Nervous System"
                    Zoe Hilbert (Kim Lab)
                    "Sexually Dimorphic Decision-Making in C. elegans"
                    Caitlin Vander Weele (Tye Lab)
                    "Dopaminergic Modulation of Prefrontal Cortex Subpopulations"
                    Lou Beaulieu-Laroche (Harnett Lab)
                    "Dendritic Integration in Human Neurons"
Nov. 17        Gloria Choi (MIT)
                    "Gut Microbiome to Cortical Dysfunction: Neural Circuits Underlying Behavioral
                    Abnormalities in Mice Exposed to Prenatal Immune Activation"
Dec. 08       Phillip Haydon (Tufts Medical School)
                    "Sleep and Wake Coordinated by Glia"
--  Spring --
March 03      Zhigang He (Harvard Medical School / Boston Children Hospital)
                     “From axon regeneration to functional recovery after injury”
April 07        Bradford Lowell (Harvard Medical School)
                     "Hunger Management: Feedback/Feedforward Regulation and the Effector Circuits"
May 05         Susumu Tongegawa (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
                     "Monitoring and Engineering Memory Engram Cells and Their Circuits"
2016 MCN Events
(All seminars begin at 4:00 PM in 46-3002  (Singleton Auditorium), followed by a social 5 PM to 6 PM)
February 5     Steve McCarroll (Broad Institute - Harvard Medical Sch)
                      "Genetic Eveidence for a Neuro-immune Mechanism in Schizophrenia"
March 4         Nace Golding (Univ. of Texas at Austin)
                      “Life in the fast brain: mechanisms and temporal codes underlying sound
April 8            Kwanghun Chung (MIT)
                      "Scalable Proteomic Imaging of Intact Biological Systems"
May 6            MCN Student Symposium
Sep. 16         Cagla Eroglu (Duke University)
                      "How do Astrocytes Control Development and Plasticity of Synaptic Circuits?"
Oct. 14          Elly Nedivi (MIT)
                      "Visualizing Synapse Sructural Dynaics in Neocortex in vivo"
Nov. 18         Sebastian Kadener (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem)
                      "Molecular and Physiological Functions of Circular RNAs in the Brain"
Dec. 09         Chinfei Chen (Children's Hospital)
                      "A Role for Cortical Feedback in Thalamic Development" 

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