DSCB 216 Journal Clubs

DSCB journal clubs are held twice a month. First and second year DSCB students are required to present once in each of the two journal clubs. Students in their third year and beyond are encouraged to attend and participate in both.


The Developmental Biology Journal Club takes place at the Mission Bay campus. This series is student-led and is intended to be a less formal environment in which students can develop their presentation skills in a group of peers. Students in their second year and beyond are encouraged to serve as “student coaches” to help first year students prepare their presentations. Papers selected for presentation in this journal club should be recent and impactful manuscripts related to developmental biology.


The Stem Cell Journal Club takes place on the Parnassus campus, with two presenters each week. Student presenters are required to work with 2 faculty coaches and any number of student coaches (usually 2-3) to prepare for their presentations. Papers presented in this series should be recent and impactful manuscripts related to stem cell biology.


DSCB Journal Club Chair: Jeffrey Bush, PhD


2017-18 Schedule

The schedule for the 2017-18 academic year will be updated here shortly. See the DSCB Journal Club Archives in the right sidebar for past years' journal clubs.

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 12:00pm - Room: N-729

Stem Cell Journal Club

Dr. Yin Shen (faculty)
“Decipher the mystery of non-coding genetic variants in open chromatin regions”
Forrest, Marc P. et al. Open Chromatin Profiling in hiPSC-Derived Neurons Prioritizes Functional Noncoding Psychiatric Risk Variants and Highlights Neurodevelopmental Loci. Cell Stem Cell. 21, 305-318 (2017).

Ryan Boileau (DSCB 2nd year student)
"Commitment tissues: Lineage infidelity of skin stem cells during wound regeneration and cancer"
Ge Y, Gomez NC, Adam RC, Nikolova M, Yang H, Verma A, Lu CP, Polak L, Yuan S, Elemento O, Fuchs E. Stem Cell Lineage Infidelity Drives Wound Repair and Cancer. Cell. 2017 May 4;169(4):636-650.e14.
Coaches: Sarah Knox and Jeffrey Bush


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Lila Neahring (DSCB 2nd year student)
"Dermal cells of a feather flock together"
Shyer AE, Rodrigues AR, Schroeder GG, Kassianidou E, Kumar S, and Harland RM. Emergent cellular self-organization and mechanosensation initiate follicle pattern in the avian skin. Science 357, 811-815 (2017).

Bryan Marsh (DSCB 2nd year student)
"Engineering MutAnts of Neural Development and Social Behavior"
Hua, Y. et al. An Engineered orco Mutation Produces Aberrant Social Behavior and Defective Neural Development in Ants. Cell 170(4), 736-747, 10 Aug 2017.


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Jessica Xie (DSCB 2nd year student)
Ryan Boileau (DSCB 2nd year student)


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Sean de la O (DSCB 1st year student)
Claire Maesner (DSCB 1st year student)


Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm - Room: N-729

Stem Cell Journal Club

Dr. Andy Chang (faculty)
Lila Neahring (DSCB 2nd year student)


Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00pm - Room: RMB Boardroom

Stem Cell Journal Club

Dr. Matt Springer (faculty)
Bryan Marsh (DSCB 2nd year student)


Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:00pm - Room: RMB Boardroom

Stem Cell Journal Club

Dr. Bjoern Schwer (faculty)
Sean de la O (DSCB 1st year student)


Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Nicole Koutsodendris (DSCB 1st year student)


Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00pm - Room: RMB Boardroom

Stem Cell Journal Club

Nicole Koutsodendris (DSCB 1st year student)
Claire Maesner (DSCB 1st year student)


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Antara Rao (DSCB 1st year student)
Ryan Samuel (DSCB 1st year student)


Friday, March 16, 2018 - 12:00pm - Room: RMB Boardroom

Stem Cell Journal Club

Antara Rao (DSCB 1st year student)
Ryan Samuel (DSCB 1st year student)


Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Beatriz Alvarado (DSCB 1st year student)
Matthew Schmitz (DSCB 1st year student)


Friday, April 20, 2018 - 12:00pm - Room: RMB Boardroom

Stem Cell Journal Club

Matthew Schmitz (DSCB 1st year student)
Beatriz Alvarado (DSCB 1st year student)


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Zhiling Zhao (DSCB 1st year student)
Elina Kostyanovskaya (DSCB 1st year student)


Friday, May 18, 2018 - 12:00pm - Room: RMB Boardroom

Stem Cell Journal Club

Elina Kostyanovskaya (DSCB 1st year student)
Zhiling Zhao (DSCB 1st year student)


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 5:00PM-7:00PM - Room: MH-1406

Developmental Biology Journal Club

Ugomma Eze (DSCB 1st year student)
Karishma Pratt (DSCB 1st year student)


Friday, June 8, 2018 - 12:00pm - Room: RMB Boardroom

Stem Cell Journal Club

Karishma Pratt (DSCB 1st year student)
Ugomma Eze (DSCB 1st year student)