Monday Noon Seminars

Talks organized around themes of shared biological mechanisms, neurobiology, and therapeutics Read More


Monday Noon seminars are hosted by the Hope Center and the Department of Neurology.  Talks are organized around mini-series topics; each mini-series is organized by Hope Center faculty members to feature investigators from Washington University as well as one outside speaker. Monday Noon seminars run during the academic year, typically September through May.

All seminars are listed on the Office of Neuroscience Research (ONR) Calendar.

For inquiries, contact John Cirrito or Cindy Lawrence.

2019/2020 Schedule

Mondays, 12-1p
September – June
Holden Auditorium (Farrell Learning and Teaching Center)

Mini-Series Topics:

Senescent cells in health and disease
Sex differences in disease
Molecular Neuroimaging
Phase transitions/intrinsically disordered domains
Joint Hope Center/Developmental Biology series

Special Hope Center Seminars

Senescent cells in health and disease

Organizer, Jason Ulrich (WashU Neurology)

  • September 30: Sheila Stewart (WashU Cell Biology & Physiology) “Age-related stromal changes drive tumorigenesis”
  • October 7: Miranda Orr (Wake Forest University) “Targeting tau-associated cellular senescence to mitigate neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment in age-associated brain diseases”
  • October 28: Darren Baker (Mayo Clinic) “Neurodegenerative Disease Driven by Senescent Cells”
  • November 4: Shin-ichiro Imai (WashU Developmental Biology) “NAD World 3.0: The Inter-Tissue Interactions Mediated by eNAMPT and NMN in Mammalian Aging/Longevity Control”

Sex differences in disease

Organizer, Joshua Rubin (WashU Pediatrics)

  • November 25: Joshua Rubin (WashU Pediatrics) “Evolutionary and Developmental Origins of Sex Differences in Biology”
  • December 2: Trainee Talks
    • Jasmin Sponagel (Molecular Cell Biology graduate student, Rubin lab (WashU Pediatrics))
    • Lauren Broestl (MSTP student, Rubin Lab (WashU Pediatrics)) “Astrocyte Senescence Contributes to Sex Differences in Glioblastoma Incidence and Outcome”
    • Nathan Rockwell (Molecular Cell Biology graduate student, Rubin lab (WashU Pediatrics))
    • Sarah Rosen (Posdoctoral Research Scholar, Klein lab (WashU Medicine)) “Sexually Dimorphic Immune Responses to Neuroinvasive West Nile Virus”
  • December 9: Manu Goyal (WashU Radiology), Joseph Ippolito (WashU Radiology)
  • December 16: John Constantino (WashU Psychiatry), Joe Dougherty (WashU Genetics)

Molecular Neuroimaging

Organizer, Brian Gordon (WashU Radiology)

  • January 6
  • January 13
  • January 27
  • February 3

Phase transitions/intrinsically disordered domains

Organizer, Chris Weihl (WashU Neurology)

  • February 10: Carlos Castañeda (University of Syracuse)
  • February 24: Alex Holehouse (Pappu lab, WashU Biomedical Engineering)
  • March 2: Rohit Pappu (WashU Biomedical Engineering)
  • March 9: Jim Shorter (University of Pennsylvania)


Organizer, David Holtzman (WashU Neurology)

  • March 23: Steven Finkbeiner (University of California, San Francisco/Gladstone Institute)
  • March 30
  • April 6
  • April 13

Joint Hope Center/Developmental Biology series

Organizers, Andrew Yoo, Samantha Morris (WashU Developmental Biology)

  • April 20
  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18

Special Seminars for 2020

  • November 11: ALS Center Lecture: Jeffrey Rothstein (Johns Hopkins University) “Disassembly and Reassembly of the Nuclear Pore: Disease Initiator in ALS/Dementia”

Suggest Mini-Series Topics

Please keep in mind:

  • Anyone (PI or lab member) can suggest topics.
  • Each mini-series typically includes three speakers from Washington University, and one outside investigator.
  • You do not have to suggest particular WashU or outside speakers but, if you have suggestions, please include.

Submit mini-series topic(s)

Past Mini-Series Topics

Mini-series topics from previous seasons.

Previous mini-series