MBTG Fall Welcome Lunch

Held at the beginning of Fall Quarter, this kick-off lunch is the inaugural event of the MBTG academic year. This is a great opportunity to meet MBTG trainees, faculty, and alumni. At the luncheon, students have the opportunity to set their schedule for the year by:

  1. Signing up for the Monthly Seminar Series
  2. Signing up to present at Journal Club
  3. Nominating and discussing possible MBTG Seminar Speakers

Monthly Student Seminar Series

FirstTuesday of the month, 4:00pm, Zoom

At these monthly meetings, students have the opportunity to give a one-hour talk on their research to fellow MBTG students and faculty. All trainees are required to present.

Link to Tuesday Afternoon Seminar Schedule

Monthly Journal Club

Third Tuesday of the month, 4:00 pm, TBD

All MBTG Trainees are responsible for selecting and presenting a journal article to fellow students at the monthly Journal Club. All trainees should sign up for Chem 291 (Molecular Biophysics Seminar) in order to obtain credit for this course.

For Journal Club, students should choose a paper topic outside of their field of research. In addition to discussing the paper, students will be required to recruit an MBTG faculty member to serve as a facilitator during the discussion. The faculty member should have expertise in the field of the paper and cannot be the students’ research advisor.

Link to Journal Club Schedule

Fall Biochemistry and Biophysics Seminar Series





October 8th

Judith Frydman


Brian Zid

October 15th

Donita Brady

U Penn

Susan Taylor

October 22nd

Peter Unrau

Simon Frazer U.

Uli Muller

October 29th

Chang Liu

UC Irvine

Itay Budin

November 5th

Lynette Cegelski


Galia Debelouchina

November 12th

Pamela Bjorkman


Lalit Deshmukh

November 19th

Karolin Luger

U Colorado Boulder

Galia Debelouchina

December 3rd

Anna Marie Pyle


Nav Toor

December 10th

Smita Patel


Tatiana Mishanina


MBTG Student-invited Seminar Series

MBTG Trainees may nominate a possible guest speaker to give a seminar at UC San Diego. Up to two speakers will be chosen by MBTG students and faculty at the Fall Luncheon. Seminars will be scheduled pending speaker availability.

MBTG Annual Retreat

Held in late spring, this retreat is held at UC San Diego for all MBTG Faculty, Alumni, and Trainees. Trainees are required to present their research at a poster session. MBTG alumni have the opportunity to give lightning talks on their research to update the group on their progress since leaving the program. The retreat also features talks by young and emerging MBTG faculty at UC San Diego.

External Seminars of interest to MBTG trainees

World Wide Physics of Life Network


Be sure to check the Programmatic Events tab and the MBTG Calendar for more details on current events. Please contact Elizabeth Komives or Kristen Itahara if you have any questions.