The Department of Biology is a research community where students, faculty, post-doctoral associates, senior researchers, technicians, and adjunct lecturers have different outlets to engage in a forum of learning and discussing research in the biology field. 

To learn about current, previous, and upcoming guest speakers please browse the lists below.

 

Departmental Seminar Series
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 PM, Regents 239

The Department invites scholars in Biology to present their research on most Thursdays throughout the academic year. The seminars are followed by a Q&A session. To learn about current, previous, and upcoming speakers please browse the lists below.

Fall term 2018 seminar series speakers include:

Aug. 30, 2018
Dianne NewmanDr. Yan Wong
Oxford University 
Inferring the Ancestry of Everyone 
Hosted by: Steven Singer 

 

Sep. 13, 2018
DominiqueDr. Cassandra Quave
Emory University
Discovery of anti-infective botanical natural products
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

 

Sep. 20, 2018
Dr. Vanessa Dr. Vanessa Sperandio
UT Southwestern Medical Center
You’re hot and you’re cold: neurotransmitters modulation of bacterial virulence expression
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade and Dr. Steven Singer 

 

Sep. 27, 2018
Amy ZanneDr. Amy Zanne
The George Washington University 
Something's rotten: Examining drivers of wood decay trajectories
Hosted by: Dr. Gina Wimp

 

Oct. 4, 2018
Dr. Blythe ShepardDr. Blythe Shepard
School of Nursing and Health Studies
The Sniffing Kidney: Uncovering Novel Physiological Roles for Olfactory Receptors
Hosted by: Ronda Rolfes 

 

Oct. 18, 2018
Dr. David SternDr. David Stern
HHMI Janelia Farms
How does the brain evolve? Evidence from the love song of the fruit fly”
Hosted by: Dr. Mark Rose

 

Nov. 1, 2018
Tallamy-Doug.jpgDr. Doug Tallamy
University of Delaware
Are Alien Plants Bad? 
Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss

 

Nov. 8, 2018
Jeff_Boyd.jpgDr. Jeffrey Boyd
Rutgers
Dissecting Staphylococcus aureus Physiology to Decrease Disease Burden
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

 

 

Special Seminar Series
These are seminars that happen at days or times outside of the weekly Thursday departmental seminar

None

 

Departmental Seminar Series
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 PM, Regents 239

The Department invites scholars in Biology to present their research on most Thursdays throughout the academic year. The seminars are followed by a Q&A session.

Spring Semester

Spring term 2019 speakers include:

Jan. 24, 2019

TBA

 

Jan. 31st, 2019
TBA

 

Feb. 7, 2019
Dr. Malcolm Winkler
Indiana University Bloomington
TBA
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

 

Feb. 21, 2019
TBA

 

Feb. 28, 2019
TBA

 

Mar. 21, 2019
Dr. Bob GLodstein
UNC-Chapel Hill
TBA

 

Special Seminar Series
These are seminars that happen at days or times outside of the weekly Thursday departmental seminar

TBA

 

During the summer semester there are NO Departmental Seminar Series; however, there could be special series

Summer 2019

TBA


To learn about previous guest speakers please browse the lists below. 

Past Seminar Series: 

2017-2018 Series 2016-2017 Series 2015-2016 Series 2014-2015 Series

Graduate Student Seminars and Graduate Development Workshops
Fridays, 3:30-4:45, Regents 239

The Department invites Graduate students to present their research on every Friday  throughout the academic year. The seminars are followed by a Q&A session. 

Fall term 2018

Fall 2018 speakers include:

Sep. 7, 2018
Marc FinkMarc Fink
Singer lab
Regulation of Immune Responses during Giardia Infections

 

Sep. 14, 2018
Public Speaking
Workshop: Public Speaking: Seminars, Teaching and Conferences
Public speaking - be it at a conference, giving a departmental seminar or in a classroom - is a necessary part of the scientist's life. "In this workshop, we will discuss how to best present yourself when you are in front of an audience.", Ronda Rolfes. Led by Heidi Elmendorf and Ronda Rolfes.

 

Sept. 21, 2018
Kevin MlynekKevin Mlynek
Brinsmade lab
CodY-mediated biofilm formation in Staphylococcus aureus

 

 

Sept. 28, 2018
HomeroHomero Cantu
Coate lab
Morphogenesis of type I Spiral Ganglion Neurons and the role of Sema3A/Nrp1 signaling

 

Oct. 5, 2018
Data Analysis
Workshop: Data Analysis: Avoiding Dishonesty in Science

 

 

Oct. 12, 2018
Zhirong wangZhirong Wang
Coate lab
Extracellular ATP regulates embryonic spiral ganglion neuron development via P2X3 receptors

 

Oct. 19, 2018
Alyssa KingAlyssa King
Brinsmade lab
RsaD potentiates cell death in Staphylococcus aureus

 

Oct. 26, 2018
Kathryn SanchezKathryn Sanchez
Maguire-Zeiss lab
Microglial derived matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in synuclein-mediated neuroinflammation.

 

Nov. 2, 2018
Career
Workshop: Careers in Industry: A Panel Discussion

 

 

Nov. 9, 2018
Victoria Victoria Morrissette
Rolfes lab
Stressed Out - The Role of Inositol Pyrophosphates in the Yeast Stress Response

 

Nov.16, 2018
Allison BracklyAllison Brackley
Weiss lab
Will I survive to adulthood? Examining sources of pupal mortality in a native butterfly.

 

Nov.30, 2018
PabloPablo Silva-Rodriguez
Silva lab
TBA

 

 


To learn about previous graduate students speakers please browse the lists below. 

Past Seminar Series: 

2017-2018 Series 2016-2017 Series 2015-2016 Series 2014-2015 Series

JOURNAL CLUBS

Journal Clubs are provided weekly for graduate students as an opportunity to present journal articles of their choice and share them with their colleagues and instructors.  It serves as a practice ground  for speaking to a scientific audience.  Journal clubs are a forum for learning and for the expansion of scientific knowledge in ecology, evolution and behavior, and  Molecular Cell Biology literature.

EEB Journal Club 

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Journal Club
BIOL 514 (Sections 1 and 2)

Journal Club provides a relaxed environment for graduate students to research and present a journal article of their choosing to an audience of peers and professors. It serves as practice grounds for speaking to a scientific audience.  Learning to critically read, write, and evaluate scientific papers is one of the most important long-term skills required for success in science, both during and after graduate school. Through analysis of published papers, we hope that students will gain an understanding of the different elements of theory, experimental design, analysis, and writing that are essential for scientific communication and successful publication. Above all, journal club should be a forum for learning and for the expansion of scientific knowledge in ecology, evolution, and behavior. 

MCB Journal Club

Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOL 516 (Sections 1 and 2)

This journal club focuses on Molecular Cell Biology literature. (MCB)  stands for Molecular and Cell Biology. This term refers to faculty and students with interests centrally in molecular, cell, and neural biology (including biochemical, genetic, evo-devo, computational, applied health, and related approaches)

Faculty and students at BioCoffee

 

Biocoffee

BIOcoffee runs during the summer. It is a weekly summertime gathering of faculty, staff, students, postdocs, and visitors. It is a great opportunity to mingle with friends, new and old,  and catch up with old friends while enjoying a fabulous breakfast of coffee and yummy pastries. 

BOGS Group Pic

The purpose of this organization is to connect students in the Biology department graduate program, organize events for members of the Biology department, and liaise between students, faculty, and other areas of academic interest across campus.

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