Upcoming Speakers

Karoly Mirnics

Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

“Ethics of Genetics”
January 9, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the Munroe-Meyer Institute and  Hattie B. Munroe Professor of Psychiatry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr Mirnics obtained his M.D. from the University of Novi Sad School of Medicine in his hometown in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Mirnics established his own laboratory in 2000 at the Department of Psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh, where he rose to the rank of associate professor in 2006. In 2006, his laboratory moved to the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In 2010, he was named James G. Blakemore Professor of Psychiatry, and he also served as the departmental vice chair for research and associate director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center.

Dr. Mirnics has a broad background in molecular neurobiology of brain diseases, with more than 20 years of experience in various molecular biology techniques. His research group is actively pursuing projects that include transcriptome changes across human brain diseases, animal models of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, effects of maternal immune activation and environment on gene expression, and neuroprotection by activity. His innovativeness and willingness to explore unconventional research are best illustrated by the following: he was the first person to perform a DNA microarray analysis of brain tissue, pioneered molecular pathway analyses, characterized immune system dysfunction in schizophrenia and autism, pioneered in situ proteomics in neuroscience, developed a new microarray platform, identified neuroprotection of enriched environment in Alzheimer’s Disease models, holds a patent for RGS4 as a schizophrenia susceptibility gene, and developed a novel transgenic mouse technology, using BAC-driven, miRNA-mediated silencing in vivo. He is very collaborative, and he has worked with over 30 groups of investigators over the last 10 years.

This café is in partnership with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and their current exhibition, Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly.

Previous Speakers 

Lydia Kang
Lydia Kang, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine Division of General Medicine-Academic at UNMC

“Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything.”
December 5, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Alena Balasanova

Alëna A. Balasanova, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at UNMC

“Opioids and Addiction: What Now?”
November 14, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Paul H. Davis, PhD

Paul H. Davis, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

“Cats, Rats, Parasites, Oh My!”
October 24, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Matt Serwe

Matt Serwe
Meteorologist for KETV News Watch 7

“Nebraska Weather”
September 26, 7pm @ The Slowdown

Ellen Duysen

Ellen Duysen
Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at UNMC

“Nebraska Agriculture”
August 15, 7pm @ The Slowdown