Laura Sheard Graduate Lecture

In 2012, The University of Washington Pharmacology Department established an annual lecture series in memory of Laura Sheard, an exceptionally talented and highly accomplished graduate student who lost her life in a tragic car accident in Seattle in 2011. To recognize her achievements, the Department of Pharmacology launched the Laura Sheard Graduate Lecture as an annual seminar series.


The Laura Sheard Graduate Lecture
Annual List of Lectures

2012  Take a Deep Breath: Signaling in Plant Epidermal Patterning
Dr. Keiko Torii, Professor, University of Washington

2013  Evolutionary Synthetic Biology: How evolution helps us engineer better drugs (and stuff).
Dr. Eric Gaucher, Associate Professor, Georgia Tech University

2014  Pharmacoperones: A New Therapeutic Approach Unfolding
Dr. P. Michael Conn, Professor, Texas Tech University

2015  Allostery and the Clock: Engineering photoreceptors to tune circadian clock function and develop novel optogenetic tools
Dr. Brian Zoltowski, Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University

2016  Apoptosis-induced Compensatory Proliferation in Drosophila
Dr. Andreas Bergmann, Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

2017  Neurovascular Interactions: mechanisms, imaging, therapeutics
Dr. Katerina Akassoglou, Professor, University of California, San Francisco

2018  STOP or GO: The mechanism controlling human cell cycle entry
Dr. Tobias Meyer, Winzer Professor of Cell Biology, Stanford University

2021  Adenosine Receptors: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Daniela Salvemini, Professor, St. Louis University

2022  The role of rhomboid proteins in protecting the membrane proteome
Dr. Sonya Neal, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego

2023  How do we make heat?
Dr. Shingo Kajimura, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

2024  Rapid adaptation to targeted therapies in single cells
Dr. Sabrina Spencer, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Director of the Signaling and Cellular Regulation Program
University of Colorado Boulder