Research Seminar Series

Medicine Research Seminar Series is a monthly presentation of outstanding research in the Department of Medicine. The series is designed to foster new initiatives and collaborations among our faculty.

Andrew Alspaugh, MD, professor of medicine, coordinates the series.

The series takes place the final Friday of most months, at 12 noon in Duke Hospital room 2002. Lunch is served (arrive early, please).

If you are unable to attend, watch the streaming video.


Date Presenter Topic
1/31/2020 Jessica Regan, MD, senior assistant resident and R38 Research Scholar in the Internal Medicine Residency Program

Maya Kaelberer, PhD, postdoctoral associate in the Bohórquez Laboratory

Brent Hanks, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (Medical Oncology)

Regan: Role of Clonal Hematopoiesis of Indeterminate Potential (CHIP) and dysregulated metabolic pathways in cardiovascular disease.

Kaelberer: Research on the gut-brain connection, with an emphasis on efferent communication from the brain to the gut.

Hanks: Exploring Mechanisms of Tumor Immune Evasion and Immunotherapy Resistance as a Strategy for Therapeutic Drug Development


Megan Clowse, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology and Immunology)

Ann Marie Navar, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Armando Bedoya, MD
Associate Vice Chair of Data Science
Medical Instructor (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine)

Innovation in Cutting-Edge Data Science

Clowse: “The power of purple sheets: Utilizing patient-reported data to advance lupus care and research”

Navar: “Creating an EHR-enabled network to drive research: The DCRI-Cerner partnership”

Bedoya: “Data Science: Where metrics and medicine meet”

3/27/2020 TBD TBD
4/24/2020 TBD TBD
5/29/2020 TBD TBD


Date Presenter Topic
5/31/2019 Xunrong Luo, MD, PhD
Instructor of Medicine and Pathology (Nephrology)
A Non-chimeric Approach for Donor-specific Transplantation Tolerance
4/26/2019 Gregory Gray, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Global Health
Pigs, Poultry, and Public Health: Anticipating Future Pandemic Threats
2/22/2019 Ravi Karra, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Vascular guidance of innate heart regeneration
1/25/2019 Dennis Abraham, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
TREK-1 Affects the Cardiac Injury Response by Modulating Intercellular Crosstalk
10/26/2018 Timothy McMahon, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine)
Export of vasoactive mediators by red blood cells
9/21/2018 Diego Bohorquez, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology)
NEUROPOD CELLS: the emerging biology of our visceral self


Date Presenter Topic
9/29/2017 Stefanie Sarantopoulos, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy)
B Cell Fate and Function after Stem Cell Transplantation
10/27/2017 Francis Miller, MD
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Role and Regulation of the NADPH Oxidases in Vascular Disease
2/23/2018 Rodger Liddle, MD
Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology)
Parkinson's disease from the gut...Who knew?
3/30/2018 Gentzon Hall, MD, PhD
Instructor (Nephrology)
Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of Novel Discoveries in Familial Nephrotic Syndrome
4/27/2018 Dorothy Sipkins, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy)
Tumor Navigational Systems: How Cancer Gets Where It's Going
6/1/2018 Brice Weinberg, MD
Professor of Medicine (Hematology)
Malaria pathogenesis research — nitric oxide, vascular dysfunction, and endothelial glycocalyx


Date Presenter Topic
8/26/2016 Barton Haynes, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director, Duke Human Vaccine Institute

The Path Forward to an HIV Vaccine

9/30/2016 Gow Arepally, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology)

How HIT Happens: a tale of PF4, complement and B-cells

10/28/2016 Howard Rockman, MD
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Biased GPCR Signaling in the Heart

1/27/2017 Robert Lefkowitz, MD
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2012

G-Protein Coupled Receptors

2/24/2017 Chris Newgard, PhD
Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Director, Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

Multi-omics strategies for defining new disease mechanisms and therapies

3/31/2017 Michael Dee Gunn, MD
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Myeloid Cells: Unexpected Players in Lung Injury, Vascular Remodeling, and Antigen Presentation

4/28/2017 Nelson Chao, MD
Professor of Medicine (Hematological Malignancies and Cellular Therapy)
Chief, Division of Cell Therapy in Department of Medicine

Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: A Paradigm for Tolerance and Immunity

5/26/2017 Anna Mae Diehl, MD
Professor of Medicine (Gasteroenterology)
Director, Duke Liver Center

Wonder: A Physician Scientist's Journey


Date Presenter Topic
9/25/2015 Susanna Naggie, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases

HCV, Inflammation, and Cellular Aging: Can we turn back time?

10/30/2015 Emily O'Brien, PhD
Duke Clinical Research Institute

Patient Engagement in Clinical Research: Progress and Opportunities

1/29/2016 Steve Taylor, MD
Division of Infectious Diseases)
When a house is not a home: Erythrocyte variants and malaria parasites
2/26/2016 James White, PhD
Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

Autophagy and aged skeletal muscle stem cells: Keeping old cells out of harm's way

3/25/2016 Steve Crowley, MD
Division of Nephrology

The role of interleukin-1 receptor activation in hypertension and kidney disease

4/29/2016 Kim Huffman, MD, PhD
Division of Rheumatology and Immunology
The molecular underpinnings of the skeletal muscle myopathy in rheumatoid arthritis
5/27/2016 Sudarshan Rajagopal, MD
Division of Cardiology

Biasing receptor signaling to understand human disease