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Recorded Lectures

Below is a listing of past VCR Distinguished Lecture presentations and links to view them. When prompted, please login with your UT NetID and password to view the recording.


Scott Weaver, PhD

John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Human Infections and Immunity; Director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity; Scientific Director, Galveston National Laboratory; The University of Texas Medical Branch.

"Urban Arboviruses: Evolution and Mechanisms of Emergence"

August 8, 2019


Lihong Wang, PhD

Bren Professor of Medical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, California Institute of Technology

"World’s Deepest-Penetration and Fastest Cameras: Photoacoustic Tomography and Compressed Ultrafast Photography”

March 14, 2019


Vasilis Ntziachristos, Prof. Dr.

Director, Institute of Biological and Medical Imaging; Director, Munich School of Bioengineering; Technische Universität München and Helmholtz Zentrum München; München, Germany

"Advances in Optical and Optoacoustic Imaging"

February 7, 2019


György Buzsáki, MD, PhD

Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology and Neurology, New York University

"Space, Time and Memory"

April 4, 2019




Emily Y. Chew, MD

Deputy Clinical Director Chief, Clinical Trials Branch, The National Eye Institute; Director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications; Medical Officer, Division of Biometry and Epidemiology, NEI/NIH

"Age-related Macular Degeneration, Environment, Nutrition and Genetics"

November 15, 2018


C. Robert Cloninger, MD, PhD

Wallace Renard Professor of Psychiatry; Professor of Genetics and Psychology; Director, Sansone Family Center for Well-Being, Washington University School of Medicine

"The Psychobiology and Genetics of Human Personality"

October 18, 2018


Richard A. Gibbs, PhD

Director, Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center; Wofford Cain Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics; Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

"Genomics in the Adult Clinic: Landing on Mars"

Sept. 6, 2018


John F. Cryan, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland; and Principal Investigator, APC Microbiome Ireland

"A Gut Feeling About the Brain: The Microbiome Modulates Behaviour Across the Lifespan"

Feb. 26, 2018

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Aaron Ciechanover, MD, DSc

Distinguished Research Professor, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; 2004 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 

"The Ubiquitin Proteolytic System: From Basic Mechanisms Thru Human Diseases and on to Drug Targeting"

Jan. 16, 2018


Alexander Hoffmann, PhD

Professor, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, University of California Los Angeles

"Learning How to Predict Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses"

Nov. 30, 2017


David D. Ussery, PhD

Helen G. Adams and Arkansas Research Alliance Chair; Professor of Bioinformatics; Director, ArC-GEM, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

"What is Life? Conserved Functional Domains from a Hundred Thousand Bacterial Genomes"

Nov. 16, 2017


John D. Carpten, PhD

Chair and Visiting Professor in the Departments of Translational Genomics and Urology; Director of the Institute for Translational Genomics, University of Southern California

"Comprehensive Somatic Interrogation in Diverse Cancer Cohorts"

Oct. 19, 2017


Susan A. Murphy, PhD

Professor of Statistics, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute; Professor of Computer Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, all at Harvard University

"Mobile Health Intervention Optimization"

Sept. 14, 2017


David T.W. Wong, DMD

Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professor; Associate Dean of Research, University of California Los Angeles

"Saliva Liquid Biopsy"

March 16, 2017


Peter Stambrook, PhD

Distinguished Research Professor; Professor of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, & Microbiology, University of Cincinnati

"Preservation of Genomic Integrity in Somatic and Embryonic Stem Cells"

Feb. 16, 2017 




John Wikswo, PhD

Gordon A. Cain University Professor, Vanderbilt University

"Organs-on-chips, Metabolomics, Systems Biology, and Closing the Hermeneutic Circle of Biology"

Dec. 15, 2016


William Slikker, Jr., PhD

Director of the National Center for Toxicology Research/FDA

"What Animal Models Predict About the Safe Use of Anesthetics in Children"

Oct. 20, 2016


Betty Pace, MD

Tedesco Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Georgia Regents University

"Sickle Cell Disease: Novel Drug Therapy Focused on Clinical Phenotypes"

March 3, 2016


Last Published: Aug 8, 2019