Attendance at BBIP seminars is required for all students in the training program and is restricted to students and faculty of the BBIP.  Starting in Fall 2022, seminars will be held in Van Allen 469. We meet at 4 pm every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. If you are interested in attending a seminar, please contact program director Susan Lutgendorf.

Some of our seminars and retreat sessions, as well as relevant talks and tutorials from BBIP mentors and students, are also shared on our BBIP YouTube channel


  • Alumni Talks Dr. Andrew Schrepf

    April 13, 2023 - 4:00pm to April 27, 2023 - 5:00pm

    Andrew Schrepf, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan and alumnus of the BBIP program. His areas of expertise are chronic pain, inflammation, and central sensitization. He will talk about his career and research path followed by a student-led QA session.

  • Time Management for Grad Students

    April 27, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Experts from University of Iowa's Counseling Service will lead an interactive session on time management strategies for grad students.

Past Events

  • Guest Speaker Dr. Nathaniel Jenkins

    March 23, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Dr. Jenkins joined the Department of Health and Human Physiology as an Assistant Professor in August of 2020. Prior to joining UI, Dr. Jenkins received his PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then spent four years as an Assistant Professor with appointments in Kinesiology and Nutritional Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Overall, his recent research program has focused on understanding the physiological and bio-behavioral pathways by which early life stress (adverse childhood experiences) promote the early development of cardiovascular and metabolic disease and to identify interventions that can mitigate this risk, and also understanding the utility of resistance training as an exercise modality to improve cardiometabolic health in aging adults. Dr. Jenkins is a Fellow of the American Heart Association (conferred by the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health). In addition, he has served on the national Research Committees for both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (2017-2020) and American Heart Association (2020-Present), as well as on several subcommittees for the AHA, including the Open Science Committee (2020-2021), Research Portfolio Management Sub-committee (2019-2022), and the Sexual Harassment Task Force (2021-2022). Dr. Jenkins will talk about his research and career path, with a student-led round-table to follow.

  • Guest Speaker Dr. Marie Gaine

    March 9, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Marie E Gaine, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Iowa. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry in the Carver College of Medicine and is a member of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. Dr. Gaine joined the University of Iowa in 2012 as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry. During this time, she studied the genetics and epigenetics of suicidal behavior and bipolar disorder. In 2017, Dr. Gaine moved to Ted Abel’s Lab as an Assistant Research Scientist and studied sleep deprivation and mouse models relevant to disease. Prior to her postdoctoral work, Dr. Gaine received her PhD at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland under the mentorship of Dr. Terry Lappin and Dr. Ken Mills. Dr. Gaine will talk about her research and career path, with a student-led round-table to follow.

  • Research Communication Seminar

    February 23, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Benjamin Hill, the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will discuss the essentials of effective research communication. Presentation will be followed by an interactive portion where trainess will receive guidance on crafting their own research narrative.

  • Rotation talks

    February 9, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    Current BBIP trainees will present on their rotation experience.