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Upcoming Talks

2021-2022 HGSS Schedule (PDF)

February 2, 2022

Steven Noctor, Ph.D.

UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Development of the Neuro-Immune-Vascular Plexus in the Fetal Brain


March 2, 2022

Ayaka Suzuki, M.S., L.C.G.C.

UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy: The Impact of Newborn Screening


April 6, 2022

Paul Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.

UC Davis Eye Center, Center for Ocular Regenerative Therapy

Gene Therapy of X-linked Retinoschisis


May 4, 2022

Renata Gallagher, M.D., Ph.D.

UCSF Department of Pediatrics

The Role of DNA Sequencing in Newborn Screening


June 1, 2022

Stacey Cole, M.D., M.B.A.

UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

The Study of Human CNKSR2-Related Disorders in Zebrafish


Past Talks


Title: Genomic Driver of Intolerance to Heat Stress and Marine Organohalogens

Speaker: Isaac Pessah, Ph.D., UC Davis Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine



Title: Integrating Large-Scale "omics" Information for Discovery and Clinical Practice

Speaker: Madhuri Hegde, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G., VP and Chief Scientific Officer at Perkin-Elmer



Title: Human Genomics Symposium

Keynote Speakers:

Randi Hagerman, M.D., UC Davis Department of Pediatrics

Paul J. Hagerman, M.D., Ph.D., UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology



Title: Targeted Therapeutics for Genetics Epilepsies

Speaker: Amy Brooks-Kayal, M.D., UC Davis Department of Neurology



Title: Genetics of Connective Tissue Disorders

Speaker: Kristin Herman, M.D., UC Davis Department of Pediatrics



Title: Holding Things Together: A Review and Update on Cohesinopathies

Speaker: Alena Egense, M.S., L.C.G.C, UC Davis Department of Pediatrics



Title: Genetic-Based Therapies for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Speaker: Craig McDonald, M.D., UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation



Title: Prenatal Genetics: Screening, Diagnostic Tests and Applications

Speaker: Krishna Singh, M.D., UC Davis Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology



Title: Using Live-Cell Imaging to Quantify Cell Signaling Phenotypes

Speaker: John Albeck, Ph.D., UC Davis Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology



Title: Newborn Screening: The Past, Present and Future

Speaker: Madelena Martin, M.D., UC Davis Dept. of Biochemical Genetics



Title: In Vivo Modeling of Functional Genomics

Speaker: K. C. Kent Lloyd, DVM, PhD, UC Davis Department of Surgery



Title: Down Syndrome: Research Perspectives on the Phenotype and Treatment

Speaker: Leonard Abbeduto, Ph.D, UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Title: A Role of Thermogenesis in Human Genetics and Environmental Exposures Underlying Obesity  

Speaker: Michelle Andrea La Merrill, Ph.D., UC Davis Dept. of Environmental Toxicology 



Title: A Proposal to Add Criteria That Incorporates Clinical Response to Treatment into the 2015 ACMG Genomics Variant Classification Guidelines

Speaker: Joseph Shen, M.D., PhD., UC Davis Dept. of Pediatrics



Title: Using Zebrafish to Test Genes Important in Human Neurodevelopment and Disease 

Speaker: Megan Dennis, Ph.D., UC Davis Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine



Title: Alpha-tocopherol and Calcium Signaling in an Animal Model of Ataxia with VitE Deficiency (AVED)

Speaker: Carrie Finno, DVM, Ph.D., UC Davis Dept. of Population Health and Reproduction



Title: The Complex Genetics of Primary Biliary Cholangitis: Current Understanding and Future Challenges

Speaker: Michael F. Seldin, M.D., Ph.D., UC Davis Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine



Title: Cardiac Genomics: An Overview of Cardiomyopathies and Arrhythmias 

Speaker: Colette Defilippo, M.S., L.C.G.C., UC Davis Dept. of Pediatrics


Title: Behavioral and Mental Health in Children with Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

Speaker: Kathleen Angkustsiri, M.D., M.A.S., UC Davis Dept. of Pediatrics


Title: Bad Blood in the Family? Linking Hematologic Malignancy to Family History and Genetics

Speaker: Jeanna Welborn, M.D., UC Davis Dept. of Internal Medicine


Title: From Clinics to Research-Utilities and Challenges of Pharmacogenetics

Speaker: Kristin Grimsrud, DVM, Ph.D., UC Davis Dept. of Pathology


Title: Diversity Measures in Genomic Medicine: Examining Race, Ethnicity and Ancestry in Precision Health Research and Clinical Practice

Speaker: Alice B. Popejoy, Ph.D., Stanford Department of Biomedical Data Science


Title: Pathogenesis of Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS)

Speaker: Paul Hagerman, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine


Title: DNA Replication and Genome Instability in Tumorigenesis
Speaker: Jacqueline Barlow, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Title: An Integrated Approach to Lynch Syndrome Screening: Lessons Learned One Year In
Speaker: Karen E. Matsukuma, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of California, Davis

Title: The Genetics of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
Speaker: Christopher L. Bowlus, M.D., Professor and Acting Chief, Department of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, University of California, Davis 


Title: Regulatory Genomics Approaches to Prognosis Prediction and Interpretation of Genetic Variation
Speaker: Geral Quon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis 


Title: Taking Cues from Cancer Cures for HIV Eradication
Speaker: Satya Dandekar, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, Davis.


Title: The Role of Genomic Duplications in Human Evolution and Disease.
Speaker: Megan Dennis, Ph.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine.


Title: Undiagnosed Diseases and Genomic Variant Interpretation.
Speaker: Joseph Shieh, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.


Title: The Prospect of Molecular Therapy for Neurologic Disease.
Speaker: David J. Segal, Ph.D., UC Davis Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, MIND Institute, School of Medicine


Title: Current and Emerging Applications of Genomics in Cancer Medicine.
Speaker: Thomas Semrad, M.D., University of California, Davis, Internal Medicine.


Title: Perturbations in Nucleic Acid Metabolism and Epigenetic, Regulation as an Underlying Cause of Auto-Immunity in Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome.
Speaker: Fred Chedin, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Molecular and Cellular Biology.


Title: Prader-Willi Syndrome: New Issues, New Treatments.
Speaker: Suzanne B. Cassidy, M.D., Professor, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco


Title: Mapping the Placental Methylome at the Interface of Genetics and Environment in Autism Risk
Speaker: Janine Lasalle, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis Genome Center, UD Davis MIND Institute


Title: The Role of Non-Coding DNA In Development and Disease
Speaker: Alex Nord, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Center for Neuroscience, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and Psychiatry, University of California, Davis


Title: Haplotype Frequency Models: What They Are And Why They Matter
Speaker: Brian Browning, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Medicine, University of Washington


Title: Integrating Genomics Into Newborn Screening: Ethical And Practical Implications
Speaker: Aaron J. Goldenberg Ph.D, M.P.H -  Assistant Professor of Bioethics, Assistant Director, Center For Genetic Research Ethics And Law Case Western Reserve University.


Title: Human Genomics Seminar
Speaker: Frank R. Sharp, M.D.- Professor, Dept. of Neurology, UC Davis School of Medicine, UC Davis MIND Institute.


Event: Genomic Forum & Genomic Agenda


Title: The RASopathies: Novel Models of Germline Ras Pathway Dysregulation
Speaker: Kate Rauen, M.D., Ph.D - Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics Chief, Division of Genomic Medicine


Title:  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy In An Era Of Glucocorticoids: Updating The Natural History Through The CINRG DMD Natural History Study.
Speaker:  Erik Henricson, M.P.H.- Associate Director For Clinical Research; Department Of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; NIDRR Rehabilitation Research & Training Center In Neuromuscular Disease University Of California, Davis


Title: Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease: Clinical Course and a new Area of Research
Speaker:  Robert Weiss, M.D. - Professor of Medicine; Chief, Nephrology; VA Medical Center;
UC Davis Genome and Biomedical Sciences


Title: Child With a 21q22 Deletion and Family History of Lynch Syndrome: Review of Medical and Ethical Issues.
Speaker: Kris Herman, M.D.- Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California at Davis Medical Center; Division of Medical Genetics
Speaker: Donna Walgenbach, MS, LCGC- Obstetrics and Gynecology; University of California at Davis Medical Center


Title: MTHFR To Test or Not to Test?
Speaker: Liga Bivina, M.S., LCGC- Department of Pediatrics, Division of Genomic Medicine
UC Davis Medical Center, MIND Institute


Title: New Disorders of ER Export Defects.
Speaker: Jinoh Kim, Ph.D.- Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics UC Davis Medical Center


Title: Perinatal Palliative Care: What the Geneticist Needs to Know.
Speaker: Jennifer Cohen, M.D.- Palliative Medicine Fellow, UC Davis Medical Center


Title: Exome Sequencing in Clinical Practice: Efficient Medical Diagnosis and Gene Discovery.
Speaker: Stanley Nelson, M.D.- Department of Human Genetics David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA


Title: Arginase Deficiency: Treatment Considerations –The Past, Present and Future.
Speaker: Chung Lee, M.D.- Biochemical Fellow; UCSF Medical Center


Title: Broadening Spectrum of Mitochondrial Disorders.
Speaker: Pankaj Prasun, M.D.- Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellow Duke University


Title: Injectable gene activation therapy for Angelman Syndrome.
Speaker: David Segal, Ph.D.- Associate Director of Genomics, Genome Center Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology & MIND Institute University of California, Davis


Title: PTEN mutations Macrocephaly and Autism, a Review and Case Presentation.
Speaker: Barbara Friedman, M.D.- UC Davis Health System


Title: The RASopathies: Genetics Syndromes of the RAS/MAPK pathway.
Speaker: Kate Rauen, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics Chief, Division of Genomic Medicine


Title: Non-Invasive Pre-Natal Trisomy Tests: What you Need to Know
Speaker: Laila Rhee Morris, M.S., L.C.G.C. - UC Davis Health System, Department of OBGYN
Speaker: Nicole Mans, M.S., L.C.G.C.- UC Davis Health System, Department of Pediatrics