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. 

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
Evolutionary Biologist
Oxford University 
Inferring the Ancestry of Everyone 
Hosted by: Steven Singer 

 

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

 

Sep. 20, 2018
Dr. Vanessa Dr. Vanessa Sperandio
Professor (Department of Biology)
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
Associate Professor (Department of Biology)
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
Assistant Professor
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
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator
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
Professor (Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
University of Delaware
Are Alien Plants Bad? 
Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss

 

Nov. 8, 2018
Jeff_Boyd.jpgDr. Jeffrey Boyd
Associate Professor (Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology)
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. 10, 2019
Peri KurshanPeri Kurshan
Post-doctoral Researcher
Department of Biology
Stanford University
"Towards a molecular understanding of synapse formation"

 

Jan. 17, 2019
Isaac SandovalIsaac Sandoval
Senior Staff Scientist
Department of Neuroscience
The Scripps Research Institute
"Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms for Active Forgetting"

 

Jan. 24, 2019
ErinErin Barnhart
Post-doctoral Fellow
Department of Biology
New York University
"Cellular mechanisms for efficient coding in the Drosophila visual system"

 

Jan. 31, 2019
Dr. Qiuxiang ZhangDr. Qiuxiang Zhang
Post-doctoral Fellow
Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institute f Health
"From Sensory Transduction to Transmission: imaging Sensory Encoding in Zebrafish Hair Cells"

 

Feb. 7, 2019
Haiyan HeDr. Haiyan He
Staff Scientist
Neuroscience Department
The Scripps Reseach Institute
"Push and Pull- a Tale of Two Neurons"

 

Feb. 28, 2019
Ting Ting Wang Dr. Ting Ting Wang
GU - Pharmacology
Stabilizing Synapse Function via Glial Epigenetic Signaling
hosted by: Drs. Jeff Huang and Tom Coate

 

Mar. 21, 2019
Maya GomezMaya Gomes
Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Tardigrades: an emerging model for studying the evolution of animal body plans and survival of biological materials in extreme conditions
hosted by: Dr. Sarah Johnson

 

Mar. 28, 2019
Bob Goldenstein Dr. Bob Goldstein
UNC-Chapel Hill
Microbial Mat Taphonomy: Modern Insights into One of Earth's Earliest Ecosystems
hosted by: Biology Graduate Students

 

Apr. 4, 2019
AndreiDr. Andrei Seluanov
Professor
University of Rochester
Hosted by: Dr. Elena Silva

 

Apr. 25, 2019
Dr. Mandy Oglesby-SherrouseDr. Mandy Oglesby-Sherrouse
Assistant professor
University of Maryland
PrrF small RNA regulation of iron homeostasis and virulence in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

 

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
Sox11 in Xenopus Laevis Nervous System Development

 

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. 

Spring term 2019

Spring 2019 speakers include:

Jan. 11, 2019
WORKSHOP
Steven SingerPresented by: Dr. steven Singer Professor at The Department of Biology, GU
Workshop: Strategic Career Planning
"The workshop is about an introduction to Individualized Development plans for the doctoral students, including some online resources to help get the most out of their time in the PhD program. It also included a long-term planning for career success and the importance of setting goals, both personal and professional, to elp guide decision making.", Dr. Singer

Jan. 18, 2019
Sean CareySean Carey
McGuire-Zeiss Lab
Synapse Remodeling: Is there a role for Complement component 3 (C3) in Parkinson’s disease?

 

Jan. 25, 2019
Paige_brooksPaige Brooks
Coate Lab
Pou3f4-Expressing Mesenchyme Cells Promote Spiral Ganglion Neuron Survival

 

Feb. 1, 2019
Casey ZipflewCasey Zipfel
Bansal Lab
The interplay between infectious disease and human behavior, with a focus on sickness behaviors and absenteeism

 

Feb. 8, 2019
jingwen_hu.jpgjingwen Hu
Huang Lab
Immunomodulatory Function of Interleukin-4 Induced 1 (1L4il) in Remyelination

 

Feb. 15, 2019
Graduate Awards Ceremony

Feb. 22, 2019
WORKSHOP
Mark Rose Presented by: Dr. Mark Rose, Paduano Distinguished Professor and Department Chair at The Department of Biology, GU
Workshop: Image"
"The workshop is about manipulation, or why you shouldn’t believe everything you see. It is ethical conduct in research with respect to creating images in figures for publication.", Dr. Rose

 

Mar. 22, 2019
Lauren RoskoLauren Rosko
Huang Lab
The role of creatine synthesis in developmental myelination and remyelination

 

Apr. 5, 2019
Taylor Cook

Taylor Cook
Mann Lab
Social and ecological phenotypes in the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus): Characterization, stability, and interactions

 

Apr. 12, 2019
WORKSHOP
Patrick Kilcarr
Presentned by: Patrick Kilcarr Director of Center for Personal Development, GU
Workshop: Mental Health

 

May. 3rd, 2019
Chapman presentation
The Chapman Medal is named in honor of the former Chair of the Department of Biology, Prof. George Chapman, who initiated the Senior Thesis and dedicated himself to research and education. Finalists for the medal will give 10-minute research talks about the research they have conducted in their time here. The Chapman Medal is awarded to the undergraduate student with the most outstanding research project.

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

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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