Lecture Series

To showcase research by the Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, all Mellon Scholars have an opportunity to present at the Rangos Research Seminar Series or the Mellon Scholar Seminars.

There are six Rangos Research Seminars sponsored by the Richard King Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research on an annual basis, occurring approximately every other month.

Mellon Scholar Seminars are informal presentations that occur monthly and feature two 30 minute presentations by Mellon Scholars. Presenters are asked to focus on their hypotheses, general concepts, and technologies used. Divisional and hospital leadership are invited to attend the presentations.

2019 Mellon Scholars Seminars

January 4, 2019
"Small RNAs and small kidneys" presented by Jacqueline Ho, MD
"Mechanisms of person identification in the anterior temporal lobe" presented by Taylor Abel, MD

February 7, 2019
"Genetic and molecular mechanisms of retroviral resistance" presented by Melissa Kane, PhD
"Impaired DNA damage repair in the kidney drives senescence and chronic kidney disease" presented by Rannar Airik, PhD

March 14, 2019
"The role of viral tropism in pathogenesis" presented by Anita McElroy, MD, PhD
"Role of macrophages in pancreatic diseases" presented by Xiangwei Xiao, MD

April 16, 2019
"Manipulating metabolism to modulate in vivo immunity" presented by Craig Byersdorfer, MD, PhD
"Accounting for unexplained heterogeneity in neurobehavioral recovery following pediatric traumatic brain injury" presented by Amery Treble, PhD

May 22, 2019
"Stem cell vs macrophage, who is the man of all the seasons?" presented by Xiangwei Xiao, MD
"Brain tumor evolution and therapy: Examples of glioblastoma and medulloblastoma" presented by Baoli Hu, PhD

June 11, 2019
"The Mitochondriopathy of Inflammatory Bowel Disease" presented by Kevin Mollen, MD
"Follistatin-like 1: In pursuit of a biological chameleon" presented by Brian Campfield, MD

July 8, 2019
"Interventional genomics in muscular dystrophy" presented by Dwi Kemaladewi, PhD
"Tips on securing tenure and promotion" presented by Carolyn Coyne, PhD

August 13, 2019
"A high sugar diet limits intestinal healing" presented by Tim Hand, PhD
"Radio- and optical guided surgery" presented by Marcus Malek, PhD

September 16, 2019
"Host Susceptibility and hyperinflammation" presented by Scott Canna, MD and "MAPing new vulnerabilities and CREating a better understanding of high-grade gliomas" presented by Sameer Agnihotri, PhD

October 15, 2019
"Gary Kohanbash, PhD and Jeremy Somers, PhD (from the Pitt Office of Research) will present."

November 11, 2019
"Thiago Bruder do Nascimento, PhD and Erick Forno, MD will present."

December 12, 2019
"Kristin Ray, MD and Shannon Valenti (lead research facilitator from CTSI) will present."

RK Mellon Institute for Pediatric Research – FY20 Calendar (PDF)