Attendance at BBIP seminars is required for all students in the training program and is restricted to students and faculty of the BBIP.  Seminars are normally held in 109 Stuit Hall. For the Spring 2021 semester, all seminars will be held virtually via zoom. Zoom links will be sent out via email announcements to BBIP students and faculty. If you are interested in attending a seminar, please contact program director Susan Lutgendorf.

  • Career pathways: The basic and applied science of brain health

    March 9, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Dr. Hyunkyu Lee earned her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Iowa. Following her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she started at Posit Science where she conducts research on individual differences in learning and factors that modulate brain plasticity across the lifespan. She studies how much cognitive training affects everyday skills and abilities, and is currently investigating cognitive exercise as a means to improve perceptual and cognitive abilities in older adults. She will talk about her career path and discuss her day-to-day activities working at the interface of industry and academia.

  • Figuratively speaking: How to use figures to better communicate your science

    March 23, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Dr. Mark Blumberg will lead a discussion based session on principles and advice for making effective figures to communicate your research.

  • Dlouhy

    BBIP biomedical faculty Brian J. Dlouhy, MD

    April 13, 2021 - 5:15pm

    BBIP biomedical mentor Dr. Brian Dlouhy will speak about his career path, research, and what a BBIP rotation could look like in his laboratory.



  • Seminar

    April 27, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Dr. Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor, and Vice Chair, in the Department of Psychiatry, at University of California, San Francisco. Her research aims to elucidate mechanisms of healthy aging, and to apply this basic science to scalable interventions that can reach vulnerable populations. Read more about her research program here. She has a degree in Psychology (BA) and earned her PhD in clinical health psychology at Yale University. She has received numerous awards recognizing the significance and innovation of her research. She will talk about her research and career path, with a student-led round-table to follow.

Past Events

  • Student rotation break-outs

    February 23, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Instead of student rotation talks, this seminar will be a follow-up to our rotations panel by focusing on peer-peer discussions within BBIP. Discussion prompts will be given for break-out room discussions within faculty and within student groups to discuss experiences and tips for getting the most from BBIP rotations. We will periodically come back to meet as a large group to share. Over the course of the seminar, we can develop a shared BBIP rotations tips guide that will be a resource for faculty and students going forward.

  • BBIP new faculty introductions

    February 9, 2021 - 5:15pm

    Four BBIP young investigators will introduce their path to our Department and their lab's research:

    Dr. Ece Demir-Lira 



    Dr. Isaac Petersen 



    Dr. Jiefeng Jiang 


    Dr. Emily Kroska 



  • Welcome back break-outs

    January 26, 2021 - 5:15pm

    The goal of this seminar is to reorient to the Spring semester through some polls about spring programming, break-out rooms for connecting with your cohort, and break-out rooms to develop career trajectory and professional development questions for our guests. Break-out rooms for students and faculty will give space to each to develop questions, with the goal of developing a guide for topics & questions that future guest speakers will be sent before their seminar talk.

  • Dr. Shaun Vecera on narratives for communicating in science and teaching

    December 8, 2020 - 5:15pm

    Dr. Shaun Vecera from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will talk about how he uses principles of narrative to communicate science in a research talk or new ideas in a lecture hall.