Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.

The next Nerd Nite:

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Doors open at 7 p.m. – Presentations start at 7:45 p.m.

The Mint
6010 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

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PRESENTATION #1: The Molecular Pharmacology of Three Common Drugs
By Dab Brill

Drugs are part of our lives, in some cases our daily life, manipulating our biology with chemistry. How do the drugs change the way our brains and bodies work at a chemical level? I will lightly discuss how drugs work, as well as discuss the specific mechanisms of three common drugs: caffeine, aspirin, and nicotine.

I’m Dab Brill and I’m a PhD student at the University of Southern California studying Pharmaceutical Science. I have an MS in Pharmacology and a BS in Biochemistry. My specialty is pharmacokinetics, the study of how drugs move throughout the body including absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.

From development to regeneration, the EphrinB2 story
Ram Kumar Subramanyan

The human body is formed under the spatial and temporal control of molecular cues which precisely regulate a fascinating developmental process. As the fetus matures, and as humans have evolved for that matter, these molecular cues change dynamically. I will present data that shows how these developmental processes are revisited by the adult organism as we heal from injury and what therapeutic opportunities this offers. To this end, I will use heart regeneration as the model and EphrinB2 as the protein of interest.

Bio: Ram Kumar Subramanyan, MD, PhD, FACS is a cardiac surgeon-scientist. On the clinical side, he is a heart surgeon involved in the surgical management of heart diseases both congenital and acquired. In addition, he runs a federally funded basic science research laboratory that studies the molecular control of heart development and regeneration. This dual role offers him the unique opportunity to perform translational research blending the molecular aspects of heart biology with the clinical need to treat heart injury and repair.

PRESENTATION #3: A Talk To Remember (Or Not)
By Sarah Hersman

If your eyes are windows to the soul, then your memories are the building blocks. What do neuroscientists currently know about how memories are made, and are we at all close to that science fiction reality of unmaking them? Come hear about rats with PTSD, the real-life version of 10-second-Tom, and making and erasing memories with lasers.

Sarah Hersman is finally months rather than years away from finishing her PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA in the field of learning and memory. She recently won awards for presenting her data in both a conference setting and at the inaugural UCLA Grad Slam, a competition where you have 3 minutes to explain your dissertation to a general audience, TED-talk style. During her day job she plays with mice, rats, and lasers, but in her free time she enjoys writing short stories and drinking tea.