Departmental Seminar Series 2020-2021

Departmental Seminar Series
Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM, Virtually

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.

Fall 2020 Speakers:

September 10, 2020
Dr. Nick PyensonCurator of Fossil Marine Mammals
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and studies the paleobiology of marine mammals
“Whales : Past, present and future”  
Hosted by: Drs. Janet Mann and Peter Marra


September 17, 2020
Special Seminar on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion discussion.
Presenter(s): DEI committee


September 24, 2020
Dr. Kumaran Ramamurthi
, Senior Investigator and Deputy Chief
Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute, NIH
“Protein localization during cell division and morphogenesis in B. subtilis”  
Hosted by: Dr. Daniel Isaac and Dr. Shaun Brinsmade


October 8, 2020
Dr. Raychelle Burks, Associate Professor of analytical chemistry
The American University
“Illicit indications: colorimetric and fluorometric visualizations for forensic science”. 
Hosted by: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf


October 15, 2020
Dr. Kristen Branson,
“Analyzing animal behavior using machine vision and learning”  
Hosted by: Dr. Isaac Cervantes Sandoval


October 22, 2020
Dr. Elodie Ghedin, parasitologist and virologist as well as a professor
The New York University Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
“Parasitology and Genomics”  
Hosted by: Dr. Steven Singer


November 5, 2020
Dr. Jimmy Saw, Parasitologist and Virologist as well as a professor
George Washington University
“Microbial diversity, ecology, and evolution”  
Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss


November 12, 2020
Dr. Yoshiro Aso, Group leader

HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus
“Learning and Memory”  
Hosted by: Dr. Isaac


November 19, 2020
Dr. Lynnae Quick, Planetary geophysicist and Ocean Worlds Planetary Scientist. 
NASA
“Missions to worlds capable of supporting life”  
Hosted by: Grad students