Seminars by distinguished scientists are an important component of the graduate curriculum. There is a wide range of seminars for students in the Neuroscience Graduate Group to attend, from our formal Perspectives in Neuroscience Series to frequent faculty recruitment talks. It is not unusual for students to choose from over 5 seminars in a typical week during the academic year. Our students are encouraged to attend as many seminars as possible, as they play a large role in broadening their general neuroscience knowledge.

Perspectives in Neuroscience Series

The Perspectives in Neuroscience Series is the official formal seminar series at the Center for Neuroscience. For this Seminar Series, the faculty host a Pre-Perspectives Discussion of the general issues related to the month¹s seminar topic, usually a relatively informal discussion the night before the seminar. Our graduate students and post-docs meet all the speakers in the Perspectives Series at a catered lunch hour and an informal meeting following the seminar. Reception: 11:30 am, Seminar 12 :00 - 1:00 pm in CNS Conference Room 113, 1544 Newton Court.

2014-15 List of Speakers

October 16 - Murray Sherman (University of Chicago)

October 23 - Eva Pastalkova (Janelia Farm)

November 6 - Melissa Bauman (UC Davis) - Alumni Lecture

December 4 - Ken Norman (Princeton University)

March 5 - Katja Brose (Neuron)

March 19 - Larry Swanson (USC) - Ted Jones History of Neuroscience Lecture

April 2 - Gordon Fishell (NYU)

April 9 - Jinny Kim (KIST)

April 23 - Hitoshi Sakano (University of Tokyo)

May 7 - Liz Romanski (University of Rochester)

May 21 - Tobias Bonhoeffer (Max Planck)


In addition to seminars from speakers outside UC Davis, we also have a seminar series for labs within the Neuroscience Graduate Group, called NeuroLunch. Each month, the members of a single laboratory present their recent research results to the Graduate Group. Lunch is provided by the Center for Neursocience at 11:30 a.m. and the presentations start promptly at noon. 

2014-15 List of Lab Presentations

October 30 - Wiltgen Lab

November 20 - Ragland Lab

December 18 - McAllister Lab

April 30 - Mulloney Lab

May 28 - DeBello Lab


Student Organized Seminar Series 

The Neuroscience Student Organized Seminar Series is a symposium in which graduate students nominate, invite, and host neuroscientists whose work they admire.  Traditionally, three to four speakers are hosted each academic year representing multiple areas of neuroscience research.  The goal of this seminar series is to promote interactions between graduate students and invited speakers.  As such, the invited speakers spend much of their social time with graduate students.  The graduate students are responsible for arranging all aspects of the speakers' visits.

For the 2014-15 seminar series, the student organizers are Deepa Ramamurthy, Millie Copara, and Megan Tillman, and the faculty advisor is Karen Zito.  Support for the series has been provided by the Center for Neuroscience, the Vision Science Training Grant, and the Center for Mind and Brain.

The invited speakers for the 2014-15 academic year are:

January 7 - Daniel Kerschensteiner

February 9 - Jesse Rissman

Reception 3:30 PM in CNS 113 / Seminar 4:00 PM in CNS 113 / Dinner 6:00 PM TBD