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Biomedical Sciences Program

Journal Club

Journal Club Format:

Our Journal Club format allows for students to meet faculty from each program under the Biomedical Science Program umbrella, and also allows for students to learn about research going on in fields they may be unfamiliar with. The way our Journal Club is conducted is with one faculty facilitator from each program being chosen to represent their program, and selecting the paper that will be discussed. BSP students then choose a date, according to their programs of interest and/or areas of interest they want to be the paper coordinator. Depending on how many students are in the class, some may present twice.

At the beginning of each class, the student coordinator will present a brief (~10 minutes) introduction to the paper, while the faculty mentor may interject to help with the “big picture”. After the introduction, the faculty moderator(s) will select a member of the class to present Figure 1; each student should be prepared to present every figure in every class. The selected student will briefly outline the experimental question being asked in the figure, the approaches used, what the experiments were intended to show, and what the experiments actually showed. After the figure is presented, the floor is open for questions and discussion from any student in the class. The questions should draw out the understanding of the figure(s) with respect to the validity of the data, its interpretation, and significance for the conclusions drawn in the paper. The faculty moderator(s) should try to allow the students to run most of the discussion, but can of course help direct, clear up a discussion that is going astray or bring to light overlooked issues after the students have made their contributions to the discussion. The class continues like this until all figures are presented.

The pace of the discussion should allow 10 to 15 minutes at the end of each class to discuss the overall implications of the paper, the status of the field, and what future experiments might be, to give some ideas concerning potential research within the discussed area as an introduction to the type of research performed in that program.

Every Wednesday - RC1 North Room 6123

Date Program represented Faculty Member Student Presenter Paper link
Sept. 24 Computational Bioscience Costello Rani Shwindt paper
Oct. 1 (RC1 North Room 6123) Microbiology van Dyk Jayne Aiken paper 1
paper 2
Oct. 8 Structural Biology & Biophysics Eisenmesser Rani Shwindt paper
Oct. 15 Molecular Biology Johnson Eric Peterman paper
Oct. 22 Pharmacology Tucker Zoe O'Donoghue paper
Oct. 29 Immunology Lu Hengbo Zhou paper
Nov. 5 Neuroscience Felsen Ismail Sola paper
Nov. 12 Integrated Physiology Benninger Hengbo Zhou paper
Nov. 19 Cancer Biology Wierman Zoe O'Donoghue paper
Nov. 26 Cell Biology, Stem Cells & Development McMurray Eric Peterman paper
Dec. 3 Integrated Physiology (Reproductive Sciences) Wierman Jayne Aiken paper
Dec. 10 Human Medical Genetics & Genomics DiPaolo Ismail Sola paper
Date Program represented Faculty Member Student Presenter Paper link
Sep. 16 Pharmacology Chandra Tucker Mandy Richer paper 1
Sep. 23 NSF Grant Workshop Silverstein
Sep. 30 Integrated Physiology Maggie Wierman Gabriella Li paper 1
paper 2
Oct. 7 Microbiology Linda van Dyk Nikki Bortell paper 1
paper 2
paper 3
Oct. 14 Cancer Biology Carol Sartorius Bergren Crute paper 1
Oct. 21 Computational Bioscience Jim Costello Greg Wright paper 1
Oct. 28 Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development Michael McMurray Megan Josey paper 1
paper 2
Nov. 4 Immunology Ross Kedl Amber Johnson paper 1
Nov. 11 Molecular Biology Aaron Johnson Stephen Wu paper 1
Nov. 18 Neuroscience Abby Person Megan Josey paper 1
Nov. 25 Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Jorge DiPaola Nikki Brotell paper 1
Dec. 2 Structural Biology and Biophysics Elan Eisenmesser Greg Wright paper 1
Date Program represented Faculty Member Student Presenter Paper link
Sep. 21 Structural Biology Eisenmesser Emily Duncan paper
Sep. 28 Immunology Jacobelli Ashley Knox paper
Oct. 5 Computational Bioscience Johnson Jonathon Schafer paper
Oct. 12 Human Medical Genetics & Genomics DiPaola Justin Roberts paper
Oct. 19 Molecular Biology Costello Justin Roberts paper
Oct. 26 Neuroscience Person Lisa Viltz paper
Nov. 2 Pharmacology Tucker Emily Duncan paper
Nov. 9 Microbiology Morrison Sarah Stonedahl paper
Nov. 16 Cancer Biology Pietras Jeff Chung paper
Nov. 30 Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development McMurray Myriam Moreno paper
Dec. 7 Integrated Physiology Benninger Claire Gillette
Date Program represented Faculty Member Student Presenter
Sep. 8 Neuroscience Person Mason Kleinjan
Sep. 15 Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development McMurray Victor Lui
Sep. 29 Molecular Biology Johnson Laura George
Oct. 6 Integrated Physiology Benninger Linnea Wethekam
Oct. 11 Microbiology Morrison Morgan Brown
Oct. 20 Computational Bioscience Costello Divya Kolakada
Oct. 25 Cancer Biology Pietras Jen Cimons
Dec. 8 Structural Biology and Biochemistry Eisenmesser Joshua Frost
Date Program represented Faculty Member Student Presenter
Sep. 14 Neuroscience Person
Sep. 21 Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development McMurray
Sep. 26 Cancer Biology Pietras
Oct. 3 Integrated Physiology Benninger
Oct. 12 Microbiology Morrison
Oct. 19 Structural Biology and Biochemistry Eisenmesser
Oct. 24 Immunology Jacobelli
Oct. 31 Molecular Biology Johnson
Nov. 9 Pharmacology Tucker
Nov. 16 Computational Bioscience Costello
Nov. 30 Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Yang


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