Huffington Center on Aging

Biology of Aging Seminar


The Huffington Center on Aging sponsors a weekly seminar and journal club on the Biology of Aging, hosting distinguished speakers in aging and pathophysiology of aging-related diseases. Outside lectures alternate with journal club presentations by pre- and postdoctoral trainees, scientific seminars by HCOA laboratories, and research reports.

Roy M. & Phyllis Gough Huffington Center on Aging

Biology of Aging Seminar 2022-2023

Wednesdays, Noon - 1 p.m.
Room 201A
* Denotes Monday Seminar




Sept. 21

Faculty Group Seminar: Hui Zheng


Sept. 28



Oct. 5

Steven Boeynaems, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular & Human Genetics
Title: Aberrant phase separation is a widespread killing strategy of bioactive peptides in health and disease

Weiwei Dang

Oct. 12

Xian Tian, Ph.D.
Research Associate, K99/R00 Fellow, Department of Genetics
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Title: Breaking the longevity code: implications from long-lived species and epigenetic reprogramming

Hongjie Li

Oct. 19






Nov. 2

Zheng (Jake) Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
McGovern Medical School
UT Health Science Center at Houston
Title: Targeting circadian rhythms and RORs in disease and aging

Weiwei Dang

Nov. 9

Faculty Group Seminar: Weiwei Dang
Title: Altered chromatin states drive age-associated transcriptomic changes during mammalian stem cell aging


Nov. 16

Kai Zhou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Novato, CA
Title: Proteostasis Mechanisms Under Stress and Aging

Weiwei Dang

Nov. 23

No Seminar - Thanksgiving Week


Nov. 30

Robert Krencik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, The Houston Methodist Research Institute

Title: Microassembly of Bioengineered, Rapid, All-Inducible Neural System (µBRAINS) for Aging Research

Melanie Samuel

*Dec. 5

Maria Brbic, Ph.D.
Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), School of Computer and Communication Sciences and School of Life Sciences
Lausanne, Switzerland
Title: Discovering cell types across tissues, disease states and species

Hongjie Li

Dec. 14

Vamsi Gangaraju, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC
Title: Transposon Silencing by piRNA Pathway: Implications for Robust Development and Epigenetic Predisposition to Disease

Weiwei Dang

Dec. 21



Dec. 28

No Seminar - Holiday Week





Jan. 4



Jan. 11

Faculty Group Seminar: Andre Catic
Title: Emerging functions of chaperones and proteases in stem cell regulation





Feb. 1



Feb. 8

Rachel Arey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Precision Environmental Health
Title: Unearthing regulators of cognitive healthspan using C. elegans

Sena Mutlu

Feb. 15



Feb. 22






March 1



March 8

Sherry Gao, Ph.D.
Ted N. Law Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Institute of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Rice University
Title: Engineered CRISPR systems for disease treatment and diagnostics

Hongjie Li

March 15

Tracy Young-Pearse, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology
Vice Chair of Basic Research, Neurology
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Title: Moving beyond amyloid and tau: interrogating the biological complexity of Alzheimer's disease using human iPSCs

Hui Zheng

March 22

Faculty Group Seminar: Hongjie Li
Title: From Development to Aging: A Single-Cell Sequencing Journey in Fruit Fly


March 29






April 5

Faculty Group Seminar: Sena Mutlu
Title: Imaging the Metabolic Dynamics of Lipid Droplets and Lysosomes Using SRS Microscopy and FLIM


April 12



April 19

Brian Oliver, Ph.D.
Section Chief
Developmental Genomics Section of the Laboratory of Biochemistry & Genetics
NIH/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Bethesda MD
Title: Genomics of Sex in the important non-mammalian model organism Drosophila melanogaste

Hongjie Li

April 26

Faculty Group Seminar: Melanie Samuel





May 3

Ravi Allada, M.D., Ph.D.
 Edward C. Stuntz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Melanie Samuel

May 10



May 17



May 24

Faculty Group Seminar: Ergun Sahin


May 31





Seminar History


The Huffington Center on Aging has hosted many distinguished guests in the past, and a record of previous seminars is listed here.