Science Digest

Are you applying for a PI position? Do you give talks where you need to explain your work quick and simple? Do you enjoy discussing your work and getting ideas from your peers, getting a glimpse of other research institutions, and networking?  Science Digest is the place for you. This is where the speaker talks about their work, career journey, and host institution, followed by a lively discussion session. Once a month, the ORC will host an invited speaker. If you want to be our next speaker, send us an e-mail:

June 2022 


Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 at 9:00 am JST 
C210 or Zoom (Click HERE to join)
Meeting ID: 986 5579 1051
Passcode: 220627

Dr. Erika Cyphert
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Cornell University

"Biomaterials and the gut microbiome - paving the way for novel therapeutics"

Erika Cyphert is a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. Her research focuses on studying associations between the composition of the gut microbiome and bone. She received her BS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University focused on biomaterials and drug delivery. Erika has served as a visiting researcher at Tokyo Women's Medical University (Japan) and Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) through a Whitaker Foundation Grant and as a Fulbright Scholar.

Link to the speaker's website:
Twitter: @ELCyphert_PhD

July 2022


Thursday, July 7 at 9:00 am JST
C210 or Zoom (Click HERE to join)
Meeting ID: 968 9590 8451
Passcode: 220706

Dr. Arielle Keller 
Postdoctoral Researcher 
Department of Psychiatry, Lifespan Informatics & Neuroimaging Center, University of Pennsylvania

"Attention and Mental Health: A Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective"

Arielle Keller is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her current research investigates how experiences in childhood shape neurocognitive development, with a particular focus on personalized neuroscience methods. Previously, she completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in neuroscience at Brandeis University, where she researched electroencephalographic correlates of focused attention. As a graduate student in the Williams PanLab at Stanford University, she was funded by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellowship and investigated neural correlates of attention impairments in depression and anxiety using fMRI and EEG. She also conducted research as a Stanford Mind, Brain Computation and Technology trainee, developing computational models for understanding attention and mental effort.

Link to the speaker's website:
Twitter: @ArielleKeller


Past events

May 31 2022, David Brückner (NOMIS Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria) gave a talk on "Learning the stochastic dynamics of biological systems across scales: from single cells to organoids".

October 22 2020, Kevin Dorgans (Postdoctoral Scholar at Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit led by Marylka Yoe Uusisaari) gave a talk on "In vitro imaging of subthreshold voltage oscillation in the inferior olive"

September 10 2020, Nobuaki Mizumoto (Postdoctoral Scholar in the Evolutionary Genomics Unit led by Tom Bourguignon) gave a talk on "Evolutionary perspectives of collective behavior in termites"

June 29, 2020Bogna Ignatowska-Jankowska (Postdoctoral Scholar in the Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit, Marylka Yoe Uusisaari) gave a talk on "Distinct behavioral effects of cannabinoids in 3D motion capture of freely moving mice"

January 28, 2020, at 12:00 (Seminar Room C210, Central Building, level C): Ales Bucek (Postdoctoral Scholar in Bourguignon Unit) gave a Chalk Talk on "How parasites manipulate with their hosts?"

October 29, 2019, at 12:00 (classroom B700, Lab 3, level B): Rory Cerbus (Staff Scientist in Chakraborty Unit) gave a Chalk Talk on  "How hard do you have to push water through a pipe?"

October 16, at 12:00 (C016, Lab 1, Level C): Prof. David Williams from the European Space Agency (link) gave a talk on "The Solar Orbiter Project" 

September 24, 2019, at 12:00 (classroom B700, Lab 3, level B): Stoffel Janssens gave a Chalk Talk on "Diamond-glass platforms for biological applications"

August 202019, at 12:00 (C210, Central Building, level C): Davide Chiuchiu gave a Chalk Talk on "Error-speed correlations in biopolymer synthesis"

July 23, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 1, level C, C016): Vandna Gokhroo gave a Chalk Talk on "Cool physics with cold atoms"

June 18, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 3 C700): Fabien Benureau gave a Chalk Talk on "Robots that develop, Robots that Evolve" 

May 21, 2019, at 12:00 (Central Building C210): Katarzyna Bozek gave a Chalk Talk on Image Analysis and Image-based Phenotyping in Biology

April 16, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 3 C700): Simone Pigolotti shared with us tips on how to organize and navigate a Chalk Talk

March 20, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 1 C015): Bogna Ignatowska-Jankowska talked about Kinematic Signatures of Cannabinoids