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Distinguished Speaker Seminars

Please use this link to join our seminars at the times advertised.

                                                              Seminars are hybrid unless otherwise noted.



July 25, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Brett Tounge, PhD, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Chairman at Mebias Discovery

 "The discovery and development of non-addictive analgesics utilizing Mebias’ novel drug discovery platform"


Aug. 15, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Albert Jeltsch, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Stuttgart  (Virtual) 
"Analysis of the specificities of DNA and protein methyltransferases leading to novel insights into epigenetic processes" 


Sept. 19, 2024: Mark Yorek (TBD) 

                                                                                                    Questions? Please contact seminars@bblumberg.org



June 13, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Maarouf Hoteit, MD, Associate Professor, University of Penna. Perelman School of Medicine


May 30, 2024:  Manisha Srivastava, PhD, Associate Director, GRACS CMC 


May  16, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Heather Finlay , PhD, VP Medicinal Chemistry, Exelixis


April 25, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Shihyun You, PhD,  Executive Director, Upper Providence PA, USA, GSK


April 11, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Robert Reynolds, PhD,  Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry


March 28, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Pekka Katajisto, PhD, Director of Center of Excellence of Karolinska Institute


March 14, 2024 - 9:30 a.m. - George Yeoh, PhD, Laboratory Head, Perkins Institute of Medical Research


Feb. 22, 2024 -11 a.m. - Theo Heller, PhD, Senior Investigator, Translational Hepatology Section, Liver Diseases Branch NIH


Jan. 11, 2024 - 11 a.m. - Yongzhen Liu, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow,  Molecular Biology at Princeton University


Dec. 19, 2023 - 11 a.m.Alex Evilevitch, PhD,  Professor, Experimental Medical Science, Lund University, Sweden.  


Nov. 16, 2023 - 2 p.m. - David Renner, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher in the Weiss Lab (In-person only)


Oct. 26, 2023 - 11 a.m. - Daphne C. Avgousti, PhD, Assistant Professor, Human Biology Division, Fred Hutch 


Sept. 7, 2023 - 11 a.m. -  Christina Woo, PhD, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Harvard University


Aug. 31, 2023- 11 a.m. - Patrick Glassman Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Temple University School of Pharmacy


July 27, 2023- 11 a.m. -  Benjamin E. Blass, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, Moulder Center for Drug Discovery Research. A recording is posted here


July 13, 2023- 11 a.m. - Erle S. Robertson, PhD , Program Leader, Tumor Virology Training Program, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Microbiology

No recording at the speaker's request

 July 6, 2023- 11 a.m. -  Hildegund Ertl, MD, Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center, Wistar Institute

A recording is posted here


 June 29, 2023 - 11 a.m.  -  Jun Wang, PhD, Associate Professor, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology and Chemical Biology Rutgers University

A recording is posted here. 


June 13, 2023 - 11 a.m. - Patrick Kennedy, MB, BCH, BAO, BMEDSCI, FRCP, MD, Consultant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist, Barts Health NHS Trust

 A recording is posted here


 June 12, 2023  (10 a.m.-4:15 p.m.), First Annual William "Bill" Mason Memorial Symposium.

The program book is posted here.


Jan. 19, 2023 - 11 a.m. EST - John A. McCauley, PhD, Senior Director in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Merck

No recording at the speaker's request


Dec. 8, 2022 - 11 a.m. EST - David B. Weiner, PhD, Executive VP Director, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center
The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia

“Nucleic Acid Vaccines: The Journey”


Nov. 3, 2022 - 11 a.m. EDT - James Shorter, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

“Antagonizing Neurotoxic PhaseTransitions of TDP-43"


Nov. 2, 2022 - 11 a.m. EDT - Keith R. Jerome, MD, PhD, Professor, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

“New humanized mouse models for HBV gene editing"

A recording is posted here


Oct. 11, 2022 - 11 a.m. EDT - Zhiqiang An, PhD, Professor & Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry, University of Texas


June 23, 2022 - 11 a.m. EDT - Kamel Khalili PhD, Laura H. Carnell professor, Department of Neuroscience, Chair and Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Inflammation, Temple University.

No recording at the speaker's request


June 9, 2022 - 11 a.m. EDT -  Chen Liu, MD, PhD, chair and professor of pathology, Yale University School of Medicine

"Molecular Profiling Liver Disease" 

A recording is posted here


April 1, 2022 - 11 a.m. EDT - 2021 Blumberg Prize Recipient, D. Lorne Tyrrell, MD, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Alberta.

A recording is posted here.


March 31, 2022 - 9 a.m.  - Peter Leedman, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAHMS, Director of the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia

"The rise and rise of RNA therapeutics for liver disease"

A recording is posted here


March 24, 2022 - 11 a.m. - Drew Weissman, MD, PhD, Roberts Family Professor in Vaccine Research, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

No recording at the speaker's request


Dec. 2, 2021 - 11 a.m. - Laura Bergner, PhD,  Research Associate at the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

"The evolutionary history of mammalian deltaviruses: what can we learn about the origins of HDV?"

A recording is posted here.


Oct. 14, 2021 - 3 p.m. EDT - Harvey Alter, PhD, Nobel Prize Recipient, Bruce Witte Lecture (online)

A recording is posted here


Aug. 19, 2021 - 11 a.m. - Dr. Barbara Rehermann, MD, Senior Investigator, National Institutes of Health.

"Role of Liver-Resident Immune Cells in Hepatitis B and D Disease and Treatment"

A recording is posted here.


July 29, 2021- 11 a.m. - Randall Hyer, MD, PHD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Moderna, Inc. 

"The Beginning and End of COVID-19." 

A recording is posted here


July 22, 2021 - 11 a.m. - Philip S. Low, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry-Biochemistry at Purdue University. 

“Targeted Immunotherapies for Viral Diseases."

A recording is posted here


June 17, 2021- 11 a.m. EDT - Maura Dandri, Ph.D. Professor, University of Hamburg, Germany

"Stopping a murderer: factors affecting the HBV cccDNA"

A recording is posted here


April 30, 2021 - 9 a.m. EDT - Wenhui Li, Ph.D.

Investigator, National Institute of Biological Sciences (NIBS) Beijing, China

A recording is posted here.


March 18, 2021 - 11 a.m. EDT - Lei Wei, Ph.D., Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University

"Making a murderer - Formation of Hepatitis B virus (HBV) Genomic cccDNA"

A recording is posted here.


Feb. 4, 2021 - Aleem Siddiqui, Ph.D., Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, University of California, San Diego

"Regulation of HBV/HCV infection by N6-methyladenosine modification"

A recording is posted here. 


 Jan. 21, 2021  - Ronald T. Hay, Ph. D., Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, University of Dundee

"Molecular basis of arsenic treatment for acute promyelocytic leukaemia"

A recording is posted here. 


Jan. 14, 2021 - Emilio A. Emini, Ph.D., FCPP, FAAM, Director TB and HIV Program Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

"Controlling the Global HIV and TB Epidemics: Challenges and Opportunities" 

Co-hosted by the Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute

A recording is posted here.


Dec. 10, 2020Dongfang Liu, MBBS, Ph.D, Professor of Pathology, Rutgers N.J. School of Medicine

"Natural Killer (NK) cells from basic immunobiology to clinical application"

A recording is posted here.


Dec. 3, 2020 - Stephan Urban, Ph.D., Department of Infectious Diseases, Heidelberg University Hospital

"Inhibitor of entry as a therapeutic for hepatitis B and D"

A recording will be posted here shortly.


Oct. 1, 2020 - Nicholas van Buuren, Ph.D., Gilead Sciences

"Integrated HBV DNA: Investigation of the Architecture and Potential Clinical Implications."

A recording is posted here.


Sept. 13, 2020 - Rudolf K. Beran, Ph.D., Gilead Sciences 

“Characterizing the interplay between hepatitis B virus X protein and Smc5/6."

A recording is posted here.


Aug. 13, 2020 - V. Narry Kim, M.S., D.Phil, Professor, Seoul National University

"Viral hijacking of host functions to protect viral RNA"

A recording is posted here.


July 16, 2020 - Andrew Vaillant, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Replicor Inc.

"Understanding HBsAg and subviral particles: key players in chronic HBV infection and key targets in achieving functional cure of HBV."

A recording is posted here.


June 30, 2020 - Marion Peters, M.D., University of California, San Francisco

Bruce Witte Distinguished Lecture, "Precision Medicine for Chronic Hepatitis B"

A recording is posted here.


June 18, 2020 - Scott L. Friedman, M.D., Icahn School of Medicine, N.Y.C.

"Mechanisms of Fibrosis Development in NAFLD and Therapeutic Strategies"

A recording is posted here.


June 4, 2020 -  Mala Maini, M.D., University College, London

"Immunobiology of Chronic Hepatitis B"  

A recording is posted here: