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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Seminar Series

Launched in June 2016, the Biomedical Seminar Series is a bi-monthly seminar that allows WSU Spokane faculty and researchers to interact with leading biomedical scientists from around the world. The mission is to improve visibility of the excellent research being conducted by our faculty and foster collaboration between Washington State University and other institutions and organizations. The seminar series will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month during the academic year and is open to the public:

March 21
Ralph Lydic, Ph.D. | Professor and Co-Director of Anesthesiology Research, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine

“Obesity and female sex are associated with opiate-induced respiratory depression: A search for underlying mechanisms”

Opiates have an essential role in the clinical management of acute and chronic pain. From 2000 to the present, more than 300,000 people in the U.S. have died from opiate overdose. Obesity and female sex are associated with increased risk of opiate-induced respiratory depression but the mechanisms underlying this association remain poorly understood. Lydic will describe new findings regarding leptin and obesity as modulators of opiate effects on nociception and respiratory control.

April 18
Dong Wang, Ph.D. | Associate Professor in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California San Diego

“Mechanism of Transcription and DNA lesion recognition by RNA polymerase II”

During transcription elongation, Pol II encounters many types of “road barriers,” including nucleosomes and DNA lesions. The mechanism of how pol II senses these different types of “road barriers” is not fully understood. Here we will present our recent mechanistic research towards understanding how pol II senses different “road barriers.”


If you have questions about the seminar series or are interested in presenting to Department of Biomedical Sciences faculty, please email

Contact Us

Department of Biomedical Sciences
P.O. Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210

Marcos Frank, Ph.D.
Chair of Biomedical Sciences

Breezy Tottenhoff
Administrative Assistant