Friday Seminar Series

All seminars take place at 11:00 a.m. in Room 1034, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3655 Sir William Osler (unless otherwise noted).  Seminars are  in person and also  via Zoom (unless otherwise noted).   All are welcome! If you would like to be included in our email Listserve for seminar announcements, please contact chairasst.physiology [at]

2023 Schedule

Date: Topic: Speaker:

Sept. 8

"Cell types and states of headache and pain"

co-hosted by the McGill Pain Centre


Dr. William Renthal

Director of Headache Research Brigham and Women's Hospital, Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School


"Integrin-mediated adhesions in a crosstalk with actomyosin cytoskeleton and microtubules"


Dr. Alexander Bershadsky

Professor and Senior Principal Research Scientist, Mechanobiology Institute, National University of Singapore

*Please note:This seminar will be taking place on Monday, September 18 at 11:00am in room 208/209 (2nd Floor McIntyre Bldg.)


"Heart regeneration with human pluripotent stem cells"


Dr. Michael Laflamme

Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto


"Leptin, obesity and neuroinflammation"


Dr. Maia Kovoeva

Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
McGill University/MUHC Research Institute

Oct.6 Reading week

Reading week -no seminar

Oct. 13

"Understanding immunological heterogeneity through computational immunology"


Dr. Morgan Craig

CHU Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Centre,Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Université de Montréal

Oct. 20

"Gene editing and single-cell analysis in the understanding of oncogenesis"


Dr. David Knapp

Principle Investigator, Cellular Engineering Research Unit, IRIC,  Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Oct. 27

"The role of extracellular ATP and its derivatives in responses of bone cells to physical forces"


Dr. Svetlana Komarova

Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, McGill
Shriners Hospital for Children, MUHC

Nov. 3

“Neural mechanisms of embodied decisions”


Dr. Paul Cisek

Department of Neuroscience, Université de Montréal

Nov. 10

"How to make oligodendrocytes from neural stem cells"

co-hosted by McGill Regenerative Medicine


Dr. Anastassia Voronova

Associate Professor and CRC in Neural Stem Cell Biology at the University of Alberta

Nov. 17

"Vascular Biology in Health and Disease through the Lifespan"


Dr. Marilyn Cipolla

Departments of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering  and Neurological Sciences, University of Vermont

Nov. 24

"Capillary stalling and hypoxic micropockets: two sides of the same phenomenon?"


Dr. Frédéric Lesage

Department of Electrical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal and Montreal Heart Institute, Research Centre

Dec. 1

"The NADPH Oxidase DUOX1 in Redox-Dependent Epithelial Homeostasis, Extracellular Matrix Remodeling, and Fibrotic lung disease"

co- hosted by Cystic Fibrosis Translational Research Centre


Dr. Albert van der Vliet

Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Dec. 8

"Are craniofacial spliceosomopathies due to depletion of neural stem cells?"


Dr. Loydie A. Jerome-Majewska

Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Human Genetics, McGill University


2024 Schedule

All seminars take place at 11:00 a.m. in room 1034, McIntyre Medical Sciences Building, 3655 Sir William Osler (unless otherwise noted). Seminars are  in-person and also via zoom (unless otherwise noted).  All are welcome! If you would like to be included in our email Listserve for seminar announcements, please contact chairasst.physiology [at]

Date: Topic: Speaker:
Jan. 5 no seminar



Jan. 12

"Factors governing the establishment of the embryonic and placental epigenomes"


Dr. William Pastor

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University

Jan. 19

"Regulating T cell responses through cellular metabolism and diet"


Dr. Julianna Blagih

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology,Centre de Recherche Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, 

Université de Montréal

Jan. 26

"The Neurophysiology of Disorientation in Health and Alzheimer’s Disease"


Dr. Mark Brandon

Associate Professor, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Feb. 2

"Transcriptional control of neutrophil phenotypic and functional maturation"


Dr. Irina Udalova

Professor of Molecular Immunology at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, University of Oxford, UK

Feb. 9

"TARDBP Knock-In Zebrafish Models of ALS"


Dr. Gary A.B. Armstrong

Associate Professor and Killiam Research Scholar, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, The Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University


Feb. 16

"Neurobiology of Mistakes"


Dr. Becket Ebitz

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Université de Montréal


Feb. 23

"Tissue engineering as a new approach method to evaluate immune cell therapy in solid tumors"


Dr. Matt Kinsella

Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, McGill University


Mar. 1

"Microscale tissue engineering: seeing developmental and disease mechanobiology from a cellular perspective"


Dr. Christopher Moraes

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University

Mar. 8 No seminar (Spring break)

no seminar (spring break)


Mar. 15

"What Virus Goes There? Tracking emerging viruses in the lab and field"


Dr. Jason Kindrachuk

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Manitoba Proteomics and Systems Biology Centre, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba

Mar. 22

"Neural substrates of memory and navigation in primates: Insights from multiscale studies"


18Th Annual Undergraduate Research Day, Martin Amphitheatre, Room 504, McIntyre Medical Bldg

keynote lecturer: Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo, Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Scientist at the Robarts Research Institute, Western University, London, Ontario

in-person only seminar  @11:30 am

Mar. 29 No seminar (Good Friday)



Apr. 5 "Cytoskeletal control of T cell function"

Dr. Janis Burkhardt

Professor, Department  of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine,  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

Apr. 12  

Dr. Christian Casanova

Professor, School of Optometry, CRIR,  Université de Montréal

Apr. 19  

Dr. Karl Fernandes

Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke

Apr. 26


Dr. Andreas Tolias

Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

May 3

"Defective Hormonal Signalling and Alzheimer's Disease"

Dr. Fernanda de Felice

Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Psychiatry,  Queen's University


May 10

"Multidimentional  Cross-Talk between cells and the  Microenvironment"

29th Annual Graduate Research Day, Palmer Howard Amphitheatre, Room 522, McIntyre Bldg

Keynote lecturer: Professor Benny Geiger, Department of Immunology and Regenerative Biology, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

in-person only seminar @3:30pm





Previous schedules

2022-2023 Friday Seminar Schedule

2021-2022 Friday Seminar Schedule

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