Gates Institute Seminar Series

The Gates Institute Seminar Series is an integral component of our educational mission and efforts to promote discourse and potential collaboration within the Gates community and beyond. We are proud to have presentations by new Gates members, Gates Grubstake Fund awardees, and invited guest speakers. 

Please see the 2023 seminar schedule below that will feature a variety of topics.

Some seminars have not been recorded at the presenter’s request due to confidentiality issues.

DatePresenterSeminar Title
Tuesday, January 10, 2023Traci Lyons, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine/Medical Oncology, CU AnschutzNovel Mechanisms and Targeting Strategies for Breast Cancer Stem Cells
Tuesday, February 14, 2023Ganna Bilousova, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, CU Anschutz


Induced pluripotent stem cells: applications for the treatment of skin diseases and beyond

Tuesday, February 28, 2023Michael Alberti, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology,
CU Anschutz
U2AF1 Mutants Induce Distinct RNA Splicing and Hematopoietic Phenotypes In Vivo
Tuesday, March 14, 2023Jay Hesselberth, PhD, Associate Professor,
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics,
CU Anschutz
New molecular technologies for analyzing cells and tissues
Tuesday, March 28, 2023Igor Kogut, PhD,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Dermatology,
CU Anschutz
Human Somatic Cell Senescence and Rejuvenation: Developing Platforms for Cell Expansion and Genetic Engineering Using Modified RNA
Tuesday, April 11, 2023Nicholas Jacobson, MDes,
Research Faculty,
Inworks Innovation Initiative,
CU Anschutz
3D Printed Implantable Heart Valves
Tuesday, April 25, 2023Chaitanya Puranik, BDS, MS, M Dent Sci, PhD,
Assistant Professor,
School of Dental Medicine, Children's Hospital Colorado,
CU Anschutz,
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Regenerative Potential of Novel Acrylated Hydroxyazobenzene on Dental Pulp


DatePresenterSeminar TopicSeminar Recording

Tuesday, January 11

Justin Brumbaugh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, CU Boulder

Histone methylation regulates differentiation in regenerative tissues


Tuesday, January 25

Michael Zuscik, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Orthopedics, CU Anschutz

Development of Chondroregenerative Therapy for Osteoarthritis

Watch Dr. Zuscik's Seminar Recording

Tuesday, February 8

Sarah Wyman, Ph.D., Associate Director of Cell Therapy, Gates Biomanufacturing Facility

Perspectives on Cell TherapyWatch Dr. Wyman's Seminar Recording

Tuesday, February 22

Holger Russ, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Barbara Davis Center

Stem Cell Derived Pancreatic Cells Move into the Clinic


Tuesday, March 8

Daniel Sherbenou, M.D. Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Hematology, CU Anschutz

Personalized Medicine Through Myeloma Drug Sensitivity Testing

Watch Dr. Sherbenou's Seminar Recording

Tuesday, March 22

Jennifer Richer, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pathology, CU Anschutz

Role of Androgen Receptors in Therapy Resistant Breast Cancer

Watch Dr. Richer's Seminar Recording

Tuesday, April 12

Eduardo Davila, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, CU Anschutz

Next Generation Cellular Therapy for Cancer Patients: Re-Awakening Immunity to Recognize and Destroy Cancer


Tuesday, April 26

Ulli Bayer, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology, CU Anschutz

CaMKII in Neuronal Plasticity and Cell Death


Tuesday, May 3

Christian Mosimann, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Developmental Biology, CU Anschutz

Cardiovascular Cell Fates in Development and Homeostasis 


Seminar TopicSeminar Recording
Jan. 12th

Milica Radisic, Ph.D.


University of Toronto, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Milica RadisicInstructive Biomaterials for Cardiac Healing and RegenerationWatch Dr. Radisic's Seminar Recording
Jan. 26th

Kenneth Liechty, M.D.

The Sandy Wolf Chair in Maternal Fetal Surgery Director & Professor 

Pediatric Surgery Basic and Translational Research

Ken Liechty

Targeting Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in Disease

Watch Dr. Liechty's Seminar Recording
Feb. 9th

Eszter Katalin Vladar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Eszter Vladar

Building and Maintaining a Functional Multiciliated Epithelium

Watch Dr. Katalin Vladar's Seminar Recording
Feb. 9th

Moumita Ghosh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Moumita Ghosh

Airway Stem/Progenitor Cells in Lung Health and Diseases

Watch Dr. Ghosh's Seminar Recording
Feb. 23rd

Xiying Fan, Ph.D.

Research Instructor

Department of Dermatology




Defining the Role of Innate Immune Cells for Cancer Immunoediting in Epidermal Neoplasms via Intravital Imaging

Watch Dr. Fan's Seminar Recording
Mar. 9th

Sujatha Jagannathan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Sujatha JagannathanEarly Embryonic Transcription Factor DUX4 Rewires RNA Processing in Muscle DiseaseWatch Dr. Jagannathan's Seminar Recording
Mar. 23rd

Natalia Vergara, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Ophthalmology

Natalia VergaraHarnessing the Potential of Stem Cell-Derived Retinal Organoids for Therapeutic DevelopmentWatch Dr. Vergara's Seminar Recording
May 11th

Xiao-Jing Wang, M.D., Ph.D.


Department of Pathology

Xiao Jing WangSmad7: From a Genetic Model to Drug DevelopmentWatch Dr. Wang's Seminar Recording


Seminar TopicSeminar Recording
Oct. 27th

Matthew Seefeldt, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Gates Biomanufacturing Facility

Matthew Seefeldt
Translating Therapies at the Gates Biomanufacturing FacilityWatch Dr. Seefeldt's Seminar Recording
Dec. 8th

David Wagner, Ph.D.


Associate Professor & Head Immunology Section


Webb-Waring Center


David WagnerDeveloping a Drug to Modulate Auto-InflammationWatch Dr. Wagner's Seminar Recording