An Interview with Miguel A. Cruz, PhD

Dr. Cruz is an Associate Professor in Baylor's Department of Medicine, Thrombosis Division and has devoted his research efforts to developing a treatment for systemic inflammation. In this interview, VIICTR.org spoke with him about his research, the support he has received from the ICTR and what the Alkek Award has meant to his career.

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Call for Applications: The Nancy Chang, Ph.D. Award for Research Excellence

July 25, 2016 - This award funds Baylor College of Medicine full-time tenure-track investigators who have exceptional research projects. One to two awards of up to $45,000 in unrestricted funds will be awarded for the fiscal year July 1 2016-June 30 2017. For more information and to apply, go the the ICTR website. Direct inquiries to awards@bcm.edu. Application deadline: Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 5:00PM.

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September 26, 2016
Seminar: "Towards sensitive discovery of adaptive mutations: Ciprofloxacin resistance in E.coli (9/26/2016)
Start Date: 9/26/2016 Start Time: 10:30 AM
End Date: 9/26/2016 End Time: 11:30 AM
Seminar presented by David Marciano, Ph.D. from Baylor College of Medicine UTH McGovern Medical School - Room MSB 2.135
September 26, 2016
Biochemistry Serminar Series (9/26/2016)
Start Date: 9/26/2016 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/26/2016 End Time: 1:00 PM
Seminar Speaker: Dr. Seung-Hyo Lee Associate Professor GSMSE, KAIST Republic of Korea Visiting Scientist Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology U.T.M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas Seminar Title: Multi-step check points for immune regulation Host: Dr. Seung-Hee (Sally) Yoo Location: MSB 2.135
September 26, 2016
Cancer Metabolism Working Group Seminars (9/26/2016)
Start Date: 9/26/2016 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/26/2016 End Time: 1:00 PM
Dr.Junjie Chen, Ph.D. - Chair "Proteomic analysis of AMPK substrates" Dr.Jennifer Dennison, Ph.D. - Associate Director "Metabolomics in the Discovery of Cancer Biomarkers"
September 26, 2016
"The Contributions of Bifidobacterium Species to Host Neurodevelopment" (9/26/2016)
Start Date: 9/26/2016 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/26/2016 End Time: 5:00 PM
IMBS Program Seminar - Room N315 Speaker: Berkley Luk Advisor: James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.
September 26, 2016
Integrative Biology and Pharmacology Seminar Series (9/26/2016)
Start Date: 9/26/2016 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/26/2016 End Time: 5:00 PM
New insights into early-stage bone colonization of disseminated breast cancer cells Speaker: Xiang Zhang, Ph.D Assistant Professor Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Baylor College of Medicine Hosted By: Dr. Guangwei Du Location: 6431 Fannin Street MSB 2.135 Houston, TX 77030
September 27, 2016
Molecular Physiology Seminar Series Presents Dr. Jen Liou (9/27/2016)
Start Date: 9/27/2016 Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 9/27/2016 End Time: 12:00 PM
Jen Liou, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Physiology UT Southwestern Medical Center Homeostatic Regulation of Calcium Signaling at Endoplasmic Reticulum-Plasma Membrane Contact Sites Tuesday September 27, 2016 11:00AM - ROOM 409B BAYLOR COLLEGE OF MEDICINE Faculty Host: Dr. Susan L. Hamilton
September 27, 2016
Molecular & Human Genetics Seminar Series Dr. Steve Haase (9/27/2016)
Start Date: 9/27/2016 Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Date: 9/27/2016 End Time: 1:30 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Michael E. DeBakey Center
Room: M112

Speaker: Steve Haase, Ph.D.
Title: "Just in Time - Network Control of Transcription Dynamics in Cell Cycle and Infectious Disease"
 
Location: Rm#M112
 
Host: Charles Lin, Ph.D.
September 27, 2016
CTBP Research Seminar at Rice Univ. (9/27/2016)
Start Date: 9/27/2016 Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 9/27/2016 End Time: 1:30 PM
Paul François, PhD Associate Professor Physics Department McGill University Immune Recognition, Antagonism and Phenotypic Spandrel Abstract: In silico evolution can be used to predict design features of networks. The important problem of early immune response, to discriminate between self from not self, is considered. Rounds of evolution with different constraints uncover elaborations of the same principle, that we name adaptive sorting. Corresponding networks are identified in current models of immune recognition. Adaptive sorting is never performed without detrimental ligand antagonism: a "dog in the manger" effect in which ligands unable to trigger response prevent agonists to do so, that we have observed experimentally in the T cell context. Inspired by the famous discussion by Gould and Lewontin, we establish that antagonism actually is a phenotypic spandrel: a phenotype existing as a necessary by-product of another phenotype (here specific ligand discrimination). Phenotypic spandrels reveal the internal feedbacks and constraints structuring response in signaling pathways, in very similar way to symmetries structuring physical laws.
September 27, 2016
John H. Blaffer Lecture Series (9/27/2016)
Start Date: 9/27/2016 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/27/2016 End Time: 5:00 PM
Speaker: Steven Henikoff, Ph.D. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, WA Title: "Genome-Wide Mapping of Protein-DNA Interactions Dynamics" Host: Dr. Giulio Draetta Location: Basic Sciences Research Building, Onstead Auditorium, BSRB S3.8012
September 27, 2016
Medically Speaking Toastmasters Club Meeting (9/27/2016)
Start Date: 9/27/2016 Start Time: 5:30 PM
End Date: 9/27/2016 End Time: 6:30 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Albert B. Alkek Building
Room: N311

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September 28, 2016
Market Days (9/28/2016)
Start Date: 9/28/2016 Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 9/28/2016 End Time: 2:00 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Cullen Building
Room: Rayzor Lounge

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September 28, 2016
Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine: CIBR/SCBMB Journal Club (9/28/2016)
Start Date: 9/28/2016 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/28/2016 End Time: 1:00 PM
Current Topics in Computational Biomedicine: CIBR/SCBMB Journal Club Host: Matt Baker Location: M323/M321 Food/Drinks will be provided
September 28, 2016
CVRI Seminar Series (9/28/2016)
Start Date: 9/28/2016 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/28/2016 End Time: 1:00 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Cullen Building
Room: 201A

CVRI Seminar
Speaker: TBA

September 28, 2016
CIBR Center Data Clinics (9/28/2016)
Start Date: 9/28/2016 Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 9/28/2016 End Time: 2:00 PM
CIBR Center Data Clinics Location: N304
September 28, 2016
MCB Wednesday Seminar Series (9/28/2016)
Start Date: 9/28/2016 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/28/2016 End Time: 5:00 PM
MCB Wednesday Seminar Series DeBakey M112 4:00 - 5:00 PM Speaker: Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D., Robert & Jackie McNair Endowed Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine Title: "The Genetics of Precision Medicine: Brittle Bone Diseases as a Model" Host: Dr. Jianming Xu
September 29, 2016
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Research Seminar Series (9/29/2016)
Start Date: 9/29/2016 Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 9/29/2016 End Time: 9:00 AM
Speaker: Gang Bao, PhD Foyt Family Professor in Bioengineering Director, Nanomedicine Center for Nucleoprotein Machines Rice Univesity Title of Talk: Engineering Imaging Probes and Molecular Machines for Nanomedicine Host: Vivien Sheehan, MD, PhD Location: Feigin Center, 1st floor conference room (C140.05) Baylor College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
September 29, 2016
Children's Nutrition Research Center Seminar Series (9/29/2016)
Start Date: 9/29/2016 Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Date: 9/29/2016 End Time: 9:30 AM
Title: "Real-time approaches to understanding energy-balance behaviors: Implications for chronic disease prevention" Speaker: Genevieve Dunton, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine and Psychology, University of Southern California Location: CNRC, 2nd Floor, Howland Auditorium
September 29, 2016
Molecular & Cellular Biology R&D Workshop Series (9/29/2016)
Start Date: 9/29/2016 Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/29/2016 End Time: 1:00 PM
MCB R&D Seminar Series September 29, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM DeBakey, M616 Speaker: Josephine C. Ferreon, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology, Baylor College of Medicine. Title: Intrinsically disordered proteins: Functions and Dysfunction Host: Dr. Sang Jun Han
September 29, 2016
BMB Seminar Series for September 2016 (9/29/2016)
Start Date: 9/29/2016 Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 9/29/2016 End Time: 5:00 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Cullen Building
Room: 187A

BMB Seminar Series for September 2016
September 29, 2016
TMC DDC GI Research Forum (9/29/2016)
Start Date: 9/29/2016 Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 9/29/2016 End Time: 5:00 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Michael E. DeBakey Center
Room: M112

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September 29, 2016
BIC & Immunology Thursday Seminar (9/29/2016)
Start Date: 9/29/2016 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/29/2016 End Time: 5:30 PM
Speaker 1: Katie Matatall, PhD Postdoctoral Associate, King Lab Department of Pediatrics-Infectious Disease Talk title: Chronic Infection Depletes Hematopoietic Stem Cells Through Stress-Induced Terminal Differentiation Speaker 2: Maran Sprouse Graduate Student, Maria Bettini Lab Department of Pediatrics, Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology Talk title: Level of TCR affinity for self defines two functionally distinct Treg subsets One Baylor Plaza, Cullen Bldg., Room 201A (Refreshments will be served)
September 29, 2016
James T. Willerson, M.D., Cardiovascular Seminar (9/29/2016)
Start Date: 9/29/2016 Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 9/29/2016 End Time: 5:00 PM
Yang Xia, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, presents "Erythrocyte Hypoxia Metabolic Reprogramming to Counteract Tissue Hypoxia and Novel Therapies" at the Texas Heart Institute, 6770 Bertner Ave., Houston, TX 77030 in the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium, Green Elevators, Level B1
September 30, 2016
Neuroscience Department Seminar Series - Daoyun Ji, Ph.D. (9/30/2016)
Start Date: 9/30/2016 Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Date: 9/30/2016 End Time: 12:00 PM
Dear colleagues and invited guests, This is to announce the Neuroscience Department Seminar on Friday, September 30 at 11 a.m. Our guest-speaker is Daoyun Ji, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. Seminar title: "From Hippocampal Place Cell to Spatial Memory Code". Seminar location: Alkek, rm. N-315. Host Lab: Paul Pfaffinger. Seminar flier is attached. Many thanks, Sheila
September 30, 2016
Shrenik Mehta Dissertation Defense (9/30/2016)
Start Date: 9/30/2016 Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Date: 9/30/2016 End Time: 3:00 PM

One Baylor Plaza - Cullen Building
Room: 201A

Shrenik Mehta Dissertation Defense Advisor: Timothy Palzkill, Ph.D.
September 30, 2016
The Center for Human Immunobiology Seminar Series (9/30/2016)
Start Date: 9/30/2016 Start Time: 3:30 PM
End Date: 9/30/2016 End Time: 4:30 PM
The Center for Human Immunobiology Scientific Seminars are held every Friday from 3:30 - 4:30PM in the Feigin Center (Texas Children’s Hospital Building, 1st or 14th floor). The speakers and audience are a mix of local, regional, national and international clinicians, researchers, and statisticians, ranging from graduate students to senior faculty. We seek to cover basic and translational research topics related to hematology and immunology, including but not limited to infectious diseases, cancers, autoimmunity, immune deficiency, treatment approaches and systems biology. An announcement of the lecture is distributed throughout the Feigin Center, and anyone that has a love for science is welcomed.

 

VIICTR Member Organizations
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  • Ben Taub Hospital
  • University of Houston College of Pharmacy
  • Gulf Coast Consortia