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Seminar Series

Fall 2018

Seminar Series will be held on Mondays from 11am – noon, in Roy E. Jones Building, Room 219 (unless specified otherwise).

  • Aug. 27

    No Seminar

  • Sept. 3

    Labor Day – No Seminar

  • Sept. 10

    Jim King, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Boehringer‐Ingelheim Pharmaceutics, Inc. “Biomarkers – Impact on Pharmaceutical R&D”

  • Sept. 17

    Steven M. Szczepanek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, UConn. “B‐cell Dysfunction in Sickle Cell Disease”

  • Sept. 19*

    Maria Luz Fernandez, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, UConn. “Vision for Maintaining Departmental Excellence”

  • Sept. 24*

    Ji‐Young Lee, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, UConn. “Teaching, Research, and Extension/Outreach: Future Directions of the Department of Nutritional Sciences”

  • Oct. 1

    Jie He, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, UConn. “Simple Polymer Mimics of Enzymes to Control Catalytic Activity of Metal Ions, Clusters and Nanoparticles”

  • Oct. 8

    Boce Zhang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical & Nutritional Sciences University of Massachusetts, Lowell. “Food Safety ‐ Emerging Challenges & Opportunities”

  • Oct. 15

    Challa Kumar, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, UConn. “Playing around with Protein‐based Materials: Protein Fluorescent Nanoparticles”

  • Oct. 22

    Kay Kimball Gruder, Assistant Director, Graduate Student Career Programs and Services, Center for Career Development, UConn. “Navigating & Negotiating Job Offers”

  • Oct. 29

    Craig A. Hodges, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics / Genetics and Genome Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio. “Reduced Growth in Cystic Fibrosis: Dissection of a Complicated Disease Manifestation” Location: ATL building, room 109.

  • Nov. 5

    Mingyong Zhou, M.S. student. Thesis defense: “Development of Nano‐scale Oral Delivery System for Nutrients using Egg Yolk Lipoproteins”

  • Nov. 12

    Hana Alyousef, M.S. Student. Thesis defense: “Low Plasma HDL Cholesterol is Associated with Greater Risk for Heart Disease in Subjects with Metabolic Syndrome”

  • Nov. 19

    Thanksgiving recess – No Seminar

  • Nov. 26

    Emily Howard, Ph.D. Student. “The Role of a Protein‐specific Diet Intervention in Preserving Lean Body Mass during Periods of Energy Deficit”.

  • Dec. 3

    Qiaobin Hu, Ph.D. Student, Prospectus Defense: “Development of Biopolymer‐based Nanoparticles Targeting Hepatic Stellate Cells for Oral Delivery of Nutrients”

*Presented as part of the interview process for the NUSC Department Head position. The Sept. 19 (Wednesday) seminar will commence at 10 am.

For more information or to arrange a meeting with a speaker, please contact Dr. Yangchao Luo (



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