Distinguished Researcher Seminar Series

The Burrell College Distinguished Researcher Seminar Series consists of monthly seminar presentations given by invited researchers who have made notable contributions to their field of study.   Speakers are identified and hosted by College faculty and students.  Seminars are scheduled at a time that minimizes conflict with other events.

Due to public health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic,  the Seminar Series is currently being held as an online only event.   Please follow the links provided to access the live events.


Thursday, April 1st, 2021, 12:00 -1:00 p.m.

Jennie H. Kwon, DO

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August 24, 2020   12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Osteopathic Lymphatic Pump and the Immune System.    Lisa M. Hodge, Ph.D,  Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Anatomy, University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Relevant Publications by Dr. Hodge:

  1. Schander A., Padro D., King, H.H., Downey H.F., and L.M. Hodge. Lymphatic Pump Treatment Repeatedly Enhances the Lymphatic and Immune Systems.   Lymphatic Research & Biology 11(4): 219-226, 2013.  DOI: 10.1089/lrb.2012.0021
  2. Castillo R., Schander A., and L.M. Hodge. Lymphatic Pump Treatment Mobilizes Bioactive Lymph That Suppresses Macrophage Activity In Vitro.  JAOA 118, 455-461, 2018.  DOI:10.7556/jaoa.2018.099

Dr. Hodge was invited and hosted by the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

October 1, 2020 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  

Maria Mylopoulos, Ph.D., Preparing Learners to Be the Experts We Need. Associate Professor and Associate Director, The Wilson Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

In addition to the Seminar, Dr. Mylopoulos will also be available to discuss her research in Interest Group meetings which are open to any person wishing to participate in the open discussion format:

Interest Group I:  October 1, 2020 – 10:00 – 10:40 a.m.  (Click Here to Participate)

Interest Group II: October 1, 2020 – 10:50 – 11:30 a.m.  (Click Here to Participate)

Relevant Publications:

  1. Mylopoulos M,  Brydges R, Woods NN, Manzone J & DL Schwartz.  Preparation for future learning: a missing competency in health professions education?  Medical Education: 50: 115–123, 2016. doi: 10.1111/medu.12893
  2. Kulasegaram KM, Martimianakis MA, Mylopoulos M, Whitehead CR,  and NN Woods.Cognition Before Curriculum: Rethinkingthe Integration of Basic Science and Clinical Learning. Acad Med. 88:1578–1585. 2013 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182a45def
  3. Mylopoulos M, Steenhof N, Kaushal A and NN Woods. Twelve tips for designing curricula that support the development of adaptive expertise.  MEDICAL TEACHER 40(8), 850–854, 2018.  doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2018.1484082

Invited and Hosted by Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

October 28, 2020; 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Research During Medical School: Bench, Bedside, Bioinformatics, and Beyond.  Vinod Nambudiri, MD, MBA.   Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Dermatology,  Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.

Relevant Publications:

  1. Tong LX, Nambudiri VE, Vleugels RA. Dermatology Subspecialty Clinic for Patients with Connective Tissue Disease Impacts Diagnosis and Treatment: A Single-Center, Retrospective Analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018. PMID: 29689327.
  2. Shi CR, Katz JT, Vleugels RA, Nambudiri VE. Dermatology education in internal medicine residency programs: A nationwide survey of program directors. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018. PMID: 29775638.

Invited and Hosted by the Department of Clinical Sciences

November 13, 2020; 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Does What Cognitive Scientists Have Found in the Laboratory Transfer to the Real World of Teaching and Learning?    Robert A. Bjork, Ph.D.,  Distinguished Research Professor, and Elizabeth Ligon Bjork, Ph.D. Professor Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles.

Relevant Publications by Drs. RA Bjork and EL Bjork:

  1.  Bjork EL and RA Bjork.   Chapter 5,  Making things hard on yourself, but in a good way: Creating desirable difficulties to enhance learning, In:Psychology and the real world: Essays illustrating fundamental contributions to society (2nd Edition), M.A. Gernsbacher and J. Pomerantz (Eds.),Worth Publishing, New York,  59-68, 2014.
  2. Pan SC, and RA Bjork.  Acquiring an Accurate Mental Model of Human Learning: Towards and Owner’s Manual, Chapter 11.3, In: Oxford Handbook of Memory, Vol. II: Applications. 2020 (in press)
  3. How to study to maximize performance.   Elizabeth Bjork & Robert Bjork.  TEDxManhattanBeach

Invited and Hosted by the Department of Physiology & Pathology


December 1, 2020: 12:00 – 1:oo p.m.

Fascia and the Biotensegrity Connection.  John Sharkey, MSc,  Clinical Anatomist/Exercise Physiologist, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Life Sciences, University of Chester, Dublin Ireland.

Relevant Publications by Mr. Sharkey

  1. 2020 Sharkey, J. Tensegrity Informed Observations in Human Cadaveric Studies- A Clinical Anatomists Perspective. Integrative Journal of Medical Sciences. Vol 7.
  2. Sharkey, J. 2020. Should bone be considered fascia: proposal for a change in taxonomy of bone-a clinical anatomists view. International Journal of Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Archive. Cross  Reef DOI: 10.30574/ijbpsa (In print)

Invited and Hosted by the Department of  Anatomy & Cell Biology

January 2021 – Date To Be Announced:  (Invited & Hosted by Department of Clinical Medicine)

February 16, 2021: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Fascination, Creativity, and Competitiveness: Fundamental Tenets of Biomedical Research Initiatives.  Michael J. Kenney, Ph.D., College of Science Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,  University of Texas at El Paso.

Relevant Publications by Dr. Kenney

  1. ATP-sensitive K+ channel inhibition in rats decreases kidney and skeletal muscle blood flow without increasing sympathetic nerve discharge. Colburn TD, Holdsworth CT, Craig JC, Hirai DM, Montgomery S, Poole DC, Musch TI, Kenney MJ. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2020 Jul;278:103444. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2020.103444. PMID: 32330600
  2. Microarray analysis of aging-associated immune system alterations in the rostral ventrolateral medulla of F344 rats. Balivada S, Ganta CK, Zhang Y, Pawar HN, Ortiz RJ, Becker KG, Khan AM, Kenney MJ. Physiol Genomics. 2017 Aug 1;49(8):400-415. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00131.2016. PMID: 28626023

Invited & Hosted by Department of Physiology & Pathology

March  15, 2021  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Development of Nucleoside-Modified mRNA Vaccines.   Norbert Pardi, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Relevant Publications by Dr. Pardi:

  1. Pardi N, Weissman D.   Development of vaccines and antivirals for combating viral pandemics.  Nat Biomed Eng. 2020 Dec;4(12):1128-1133.  https://www.nature.com/articles/s41551-020-00658-w
  2. Pardi N, Tuyishime S, Muramatsu H, Karikó K, Mui BL, Tam YK, Madden TD, Hope,  MJ, Weissman D. Expression kinetics of nucleoside-modified mRNA delivered in lipid nanoparticles to mice by various routes. J Control Release. 2015 Nov 10;217:345-51.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4624045/

Invited and Hosted by the Department of Biomedical Science

April 1, 2021 – 12:00 – 1:oo p.m.

The Role of the Microbiome in Antimicrobial Resistance.   Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MS., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

Invited and Hosted by the Medical Students

  July 2021 – Medical Student Research Day Speaker