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Stanford Bio-X News & Events

Welcome to the Bio-X weekly newsletter! To learn more about Stanford Bio-X, please visit our website. For more news stories on research by Bio-X affiliates, please visit our Highlights page. To submit events, please contact Cici Huber.

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Changes in human reproduction raise legal, ethical issues

Feature on work by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Hank Greely:
The implications of emerging biotechnologies and what they mean for human reproduction and making babies raises legal, ethical and social issues, according to law professor Hank Greely.

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Tracking pain: Health data provided by patients adds up to better care

Feature on research by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Sean Mackey:
Sean Mackey and his colleagues created a computer- based system that uses streams of data from many patients to help physicians provide the best care for individuals.

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Y chromosome genes from Neanderthals likely extinct in modern men

Feature on research by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Carlos Bustamante:
The Neanderthal counterpart of the human Y chromosome, or male sex chromosome, appears to have died out. Why this happened is up for debate.

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Populations of early human settlers grew like an 'invasive species,' Stanford researchers find

Feature on research by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Elizabeth Hadly:
When humans colonized South America, their populations grew like a typical invasive species – an initial explosive growth rapidly reached the environment's carrying capacity. Agriculture and settled societies allowed a second phase of exponential population growth.

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Controlling tremors

Feature on work by Stanford Bio-X affiliated faculty member Casey Halpern:
Essential tremor, whose origin is not completely understood, is one of the most common movement disorders. A newer treatment, called deep brain stimulation, is currently being used at Stanford to treat Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

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April 19: Stanford Bio-X Bowes Fellow Ryosuke Kita’s Thesis Defense

Speaker: 2013 Stanford Bio-X Bowes Fellow Ryosuke Kita
Department: Biology and MSTP
PI: Hunter Fraser
Title: “Evolution of Gene Expression in Humans and Yeast”
Time/Location: 10:00 AM, Clark Center S360

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April 20: Affymetrix Stanford Bio-X SIGF James Notwell’s Thesis Defense

Speaker: 2013 Affymetrix Stanford Bio-X SIGF James Notwell
Department: Computer Science
PI: Gill Bejerano
Title: “Exploring the genomic landscape of human disease”
Time/Location: 11:00 AM, Clark Center Auditorium

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April 21: Frontiers in Quantitative Biology Seminar

Speaker: Lingchong You, Paul Ruffin Scarborough Associate Professor of Engineering, Duke University
Time/Location: 2:00pm, Clark Center Auditorium
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Series partially sponsored by Stanford Bio-X.

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April 26: Stanford Bio-X Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences Pre-Seminar

Speaker: Ovijit Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Attend the pre-seminar to learn more about Thursday's seminar topic!
Time/Location: 12:15pm, Clark Center Room S361
Small lunch to be provided at 12:00pm
Contact: C. Huber

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April 28: Stanford Bio-X Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Biosciences Seminar

Speaker: Linda Griffith, S.E.T.I. Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Title: “Move Over, Mice: How Integration of Systems Biology with Organs-on-Chips May Humanize Therapeutic Development”
Time/Location: 12:15pm, Clark Center Room S360
Small lunch to be provided at 12:00pm
Host: Ovijit Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
Contact: C. Huber

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May 2: Stanford Bio-X Bowes Fellow Soah Lee’s Thesis Defense

Speaker: 2012 Stanford Bio-X Bowes Fellow Soah Lee
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
PI: Fan Yang
Title: “Biophysical Properties of Extracellular Matrix: an important regulator of cell fate decision process”
Time/Location: 1 - 3 PM, Clark Center S360

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April 14: Center for Explanation of Consciousness (CEC) Talk
Speaker: Ezequiel Morsella, Psychology, SFSU & Neurology, UCSF
Title: “The Function of Consciousness in the Nervous System: Passive Frame Theory”
Time/Location: 12:00 PM, Barwise Room, Cordura Hall, Stanford University
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Sponsored by the Stanford Humanities Center Radway Workshops Program and the Center for the Explanation of Consciousness (CSLI).

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April 14: Baxter Lecture
First Speaker: Eric Olson, Ph.D. (UT Southwestern Medical Center)
Title: “CRISPR/Cas9 Genomic Editing & Regenerative Medicine to Correct Muscle Disease: The Future is Now”
Time/Location: 12-1 PM, Munzer Aud.
Contact: Scott Reiff
ReMS lecture series sponsored by Bio-X.

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April 18: Biology Seminar
Speaker: Sophien Kamoun, Sainsbury Lab
Title: “Keeping up with the plant destroyers – the two-speed genomes of filamentous plant pathogens”
Host: Professor Mary Beth Mudgett
Time/Location: 4:00PM, Clark Auditorium

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April 20: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Meeting
Speaker: Jonathan Sorger, Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
Title: “A History of Robotic Surgery, Controversy and Future Developments”
Time/Location: 7:30 PM, Room M-114, Stanford University Medical School
Optional dinner location: Stanford Hospital cafeteria, 6:15 PM (no host, no reservations)

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April 21: 2016 McConnell Lectureship
Speaker: Professor Hermann E. Gaub, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Title: “Force and Function: How Do Biomolecules Do It?”
Time/Location: 4:30PM, Braun Lecture Hall, S.G. Mudd Building

The Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) Postdoctoral Program has available positions in the Department of Neuroscience at Cambridge, MA. We encourage applications from candidates who wish to pursue a career in academia or industry.

The Neuroscience Department has 2 open positions for postdoctoral scholars interested in the areas of: 1) neurodegenerative and 2) psychiatric diseases. The first project focuses on identifying core disease mechanisms that drive pathogenesis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), with the ultimate goal of developing disease-modifying therapies for FTD and related neurodegenerative disorders. The major goal of the second research is to elucidate the underlying molecular basis of disease in patients with 22q11 deletion syndrome (DS), the most common genetic cause of schizophrenia and autism, and to identify new targets for drug development in these psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases. We encourage applications from candidates with neuroscience, molecular/cellular biology and related disciplines.

For more details about our postdoctoral program, mentor profiles, and information on how to apply these positions, please visit:

Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection Seed Grants

The Canary Center at Stanford for cancer early detection, is soliciting new Seed Projects from Canary Center Faculty, Associates, and collaborating investigators. The vision of the Canary Center is to foster research leading to the development of blood tests and molecular imaging approaches to detect and localize early cancers.

The objectives of the Canary Seed Grants are to encourage new projects with a potential for impact on early cancer detection.

Eligibility: Stanford based Canary Center Faculty or Associated Faculty members (those with UTL, MCL, NTL-Research or Instructor appointments). If you are not currently associated with the Canary Center, we encourage you to partner with our faculty or associate faculty in order to apply for this grant. Please find a list of Canary Center Faculty and Associate Members here:

Application Deadline for 2016: Friday, May 20th

Amount of Funding: Up to 4 projects at $20,000 in total direct costs for a 1-year duration

For more information and to submit an application, please see:

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