SCALeS Student Seminar Series for Fall 2009

Seminars will be held at MIT Wednesdays from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served starting at 11:50pm, and coffee will be served after the seminar.
Contact: Christoph Engert ( | Sarah Pfau (

September 23, 2009
Location: 32-463D (Star Room)
Shankar Mukherji
Supervisors: Alexander van Oudenaarden (Biology, Physics) and Phillip Sharp (Biology)
Department: HST
Seminar Title: Systems level characterization of gene regulation by microRNAs

October 21, 2009
Location: 32-G882 (8th floor reading room)
Laralynne Przybyla
Supervisor: Joel Voldman (EECS)
Department: Biology
Seminar Title: Downregulation of embryonic stem cell diffusible signaling by microfluidic perfusion

October 28, 2009
Location: 68-181
Jesse Shapiro
Supervisor: Eric Alm (Civil and Environmental Engineering, BE)
Department: CSB
Seminar Title: Signatures of selection, sex and speciation in the microbial world

November 4, 2009
Location: 32-882G (8th floor reading room)
T.L. To
Supervisor: Narendra Maheshri (Chemical Engineering)
Department: Chemical Engineering
Seminar Title: Bottom-up dynamics in vivo - Positive Feedback, Promoter Architecture and Noise in Gene Expression

November 18, 2009
Location: 32-449G (Kia Room)
Charles Lin
Supervisors: Chris Burge (BE, Biology), Richard Young (Biology)
Department: Biology
Seminar Title: Regulation of promoter proximal pausing in embryonic stem cells

December 2, 2009
Location: 32-463D (Star Room)
Winston Bellott
Supervisor: David Page (Biology)
Department: Biology
Seminar Title: Convergent evolution of avian and mammalian sex chromosomes