The School of Medicine's Basic Science Day brings together faculty, staff, trainees, and students to celebrate Basic Science research and the vast and diverse array of activities taking place across our campus, and to encourage collaborations.


Basic Science Day will proceed as scheduled.

The Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., Distinguished Lecture
scheduled from 4:00 to 5:00 pm has been postponed.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Great Hall, Trent Semans Center

  • Lectures by Duke faculty members from all Basic Science Departments
  • Poster session
  • Lunch provided
  • Complete agenda coming soon



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Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D. Distinguished Lecture
"The Myosin Mesa and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Mutations to Mechanisms to Therapies"



   James A. Spudich, PhD
   Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease
   Professor, Department of Biochemistry
   Stanford University School of Medicine




9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.      Guest Registration

9:30 a.m. – 9:35 a.m.      Opening Remarks – Mary E. Klotman, MD, Dean, School of Medicine

9:35 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.      Raphael Valdivia, PhD, Vice Dean for Basic Science, School of Medicine
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Richard Brennan, PhD
James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry
Chair, Department of Biochemistry

A Novel RNA Polymerase Underlies the Pathogenicity of Francisella Tularensis


10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.


Kevin Franks, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurobiology

Neural Circuits for Odor Coding


10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Meira Epplein, PhD
Associate Professor
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Department of Population Health Sciences

Helicobacter Pylori Serology and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Diverse Populations Across the United States


11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

​Hashim Al-Hashimi, PhD

James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry
Professor, Department of Chemistry   
Director, Duke Center for RNA Biology 

A Mutational Timer is Built into the Dynamics of the DNA Double Helix


11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.


Qianben Wang, PhD
Department of Pathology

Genomic Determinants for Androgen Receptor-V7 Oncogenic Function in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer



11:40 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.    Lunch/Poster Session


12:45 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.


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Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

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1:05 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. 

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Beth Sullivan, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

No Junk DNA Here: Finding Function in the Recesses of the Human Genome


1:25 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.


John Pearson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

What Artificial Agents Can Teach us About Social Decisions


1:45 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.


Thomas Tedder, PhD
Alter E. Geller Professor for Research
  Department of Immunology
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Connecting Autoantibodies with Health and Disease: Not a Trivial Pursuit

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2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.        Poster Session/Snack

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3:05 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Sallie Permar, MD, PhD
Duke Human Vaccine Institute
Professor, Departments of Immunology, Molecular
   Genetics and Microbiology, and Pediatrics

Rational Design of a Novel Vaccine Strategy to Eliminate Congenital Cytomegalovirus

3:25 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Blanche Capel, PhD
James B. Duke Professor of Cell Biology
Department of Cell Biology

The Battle of the Sexes


3:45 p.m.  -  3:50 p.m.          Closing Remarks – Raphael Valdivia, PhD Purse Bradley Shimmer in Crossbody Floral Bag Limited Edition Alpine Vera T76CdpRqwR