Mellon Scholar Seminar Series

To showcase research by the Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Mellon Scholars have an opportunity to present at the program’s monthly seminar series.

The seminars are informal presentations generally occurring on the third Wednesday of the month and feature two 30-minute lectures by Mellon Scholars and guest speakers. Presenters are asked to focus on their hypotheses, general concepts, and technologies used. Divisional and hospital leadership are invited to attend the presentations, which are typically conducted at 4 p.m. and are done virtually, in the Rangos Conference Center, or both.

For physicians and health care professionals, continuing education credit is available for attending the seminars. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Other health care professionals can receive 0.1 continuing education unit (CEU), which is equal to 1.0 contact hour.

Mellon Scholar Seminars


June 15

  • “Improving Accuracy in the Diagnosis and Management of Acute Otitis Media in Children,” by Alejandro Hoberman, MD, the Jack L. Paradise, MD, Endowed Professor of Pediatric Research, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • “Group B Streptococcus Adaptation to the Perinatal Host,” by Thomas Hooven, MD, Mellon Scholar, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

May 18

  • “DNA Damage Defects and Ewing Sarcoma: New Therapeutic Opportunities,” by Kelly Bailey, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • “Defining Chikungunya Virus Interactions with Mammalian and Mosquito Glycans,” Laurie Silva, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

April 20

  • “Building Bridges at Chromosome Ends in Cancer Cells,” by Roddy O’Sullivan, PhD, Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • “Lipid Nanoparticles for mRNA Delivery: Enablers of a New Wave of Genetic Medicine,” by Katie Whitehead, PhD, Associate Professor and Dean’s Career Fellow, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

February 16

  • “T Cell Antigen Discovery for Understanding and Engineering Immunity,” by Alok Joglekar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Immunology, Center for Systems Immunology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • “Adaptive Immune Landscape of Pediatric Brain Tumors,” by Gary Kohanbash, PhD, Mellon Scholar, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

January 19

  • “Studying Development Using Single-Cell Time Series Data,” presented by Ziv Bar-Joseph, PhD, FORE Systems Professor of Machine Learning and Computational Biology, Carnegie Mellon University
  • “Why Do Tumor Viruses Cause Cancer?,” presented by Patrick Moore, MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, American Cancer Society Research Professor


December 15

  • “Surveying the Battlefield: How We Can Combat Infections Through Biogeographical Characterization,” presented by William DePas, PhD

November 9

  • "Progranulin and Vascular Homeostasis,” presented by Thiago Bruder do Nascimento, PhD
  • “Absent in Melanoma 2 – A Novel Link Between Innate Immunity, Metabolism, and Bone Health,” presented by Radhika Muzumdar, MD

October 12

  • “PET Imaging of Hyperadhesion: A Precision Medicine Approach for Sickle Cell Disease,” presented by Enrico Novelli, MD, MS
  • “Interplay Between Metabolism and Epigenetics in Brain Tumors,” presented by Sameer Agnihotri, PhD

September 15

  • “Unraveling an FSTL1 Immunomodulatory Pathway,” presented by Brian Campfield, MD
  • “IL‐22BP: An Immune Mediator of IL‐22 Signaling Regulates Severe Asthma,” presented by Michelle Manni, PhD

August 19

  • “Development of a Tumor-specific Surgical Tracer to Guide Complete Resection of Pediatric Cancers,” presented by Marcus Malek, MD
  • “B Cells to the Forefront of Immunotherapy: What are They Good For?,” presented by Tullia Bruno, PhD

July 14

  • “Stability and Heterogeneity in the Antibacterial Antibody Repertoire of Breast Milk,” presented by Timothy Hand, PhD
  • “Interventional Genomics in Rare Neuromuscular and Neurological Disorders,” presented by Dwi Kemaladewi, PhD

June 17

  • “A Tale of Two Cytokines: Human Metapneumovirus and Interferon,” presented by John Williams, MD
  • "Crosstalk Between Macrophages and Beta-cells in Postnatal Beta-cell Growth and in Diabetes," presented by Xiangwei Xiao, MD, PhD

May 12

  • “BDNF and Neurobehavioral Recovery in TBI Across the Lifespan,” presented by Amery Treble-Barna, PhD
  • “Real World Data, Evidence, and Reality in the Development of a Learning Health System,” presented by Christopher Horvat, MD

April 13

  • “Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Metabolic Activation,” presented by Craig Byersdorfer, MD, PhD
  • “Chitinase-3-like-1 Protein Binding Complexes Regulate Immune Suppression in Glioblastoma,” presented by Baoli Hu, PhD

March 16

  • “Bridging the Next Generation Gap: The role of Bioinformatics Core at CHP,” presented by Dhivyaa Rajasundaram, PhD
  • “Developmental Pathways in Liver Development and Repair,” presented by Paul Monga, MD

February 17

  • “Persistent DNA Damage Links Acute Kidney Injury to Chronic Kidney Disease and Tubular Cell Senescence,” presented by Rannar Airik, PhD
  • “Heart Regeneration,” presented by Bernhard Kuhn, MD

January 13

  • “Synaptic Alterations After Traumatic Brain Injury,” presented by Shaun Carlson, PhD
  • “Bacterial Colonization of the Urinary Tract in Children with Neuropathic Bladders,” presented by Katie Forster, MD