Graduate Research Seminars 2022/2023

Graduate Research Seminars and Graduate Development Workshops
Fridays, 3:30-4:45 pm

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 2022

August 26, 2022

Anais Roussel, Johnson lab
“Biosignature Transformation on the Irradiated Martian Surface”.

Cesar Velez-Penaloza

September 2, 2022

Cesar Velez-Penaloza, Silva lab
“The 3’UTR interferes with Sox11 function in neurogenesis”.


September 9, 2022

Workshop led by JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee
Two campus equity leaders, Devita Bishundhat and Javier Jimenez-Westerman, 
will join in conversation about, “How can our Biology community help first-generation students thrive?”

September 16, 2022

Vanessa Angelova, lab
“Intestinal barrier defects in giardiasis.

Mara Heilig

September 23, 2022

Mara Heilig, Armbruster lab
“Determining the transcriptional basis of non-biting reproduction in mosquitoes.

Katherine Kraft

September 30, 2022

Katherine Kraft, Rose lab
“Mei Oh Mei! Insights Into the Roles of Kar4 in Meiosis”.

Shirey Vaughn

October 7, 2022

Vaughn Shirey, Ries lab
“Leveraging natural history collections to reconstruct changes in cold-adapted butterfly communities and populations”.

Melissa Collier

October 14, 2022

Melissa Collier, Bansal lab
Informing past and forecasting future infectious disease dynamics in Potomac-Chesapeake dolphins”.


October 21, 2022

Shahad Alqahtani, Brinsmade lab
“Exploring the Mechanism of CodY control of the Sae two-component System in  Staphylococcus aureus”.

Ursula machi

October 28, 2022

Ursula Machi, Rose lab
“Regulated Secretion Mediates Yeast Cell Fusion”


November 4, 2022

Workshop: Emotional First Aid

Deborah George

November 11, 2022

Deborah George, Coate lab
“Molecular Mechanisms of Type II Spiral Ganglion Neuron Development.”

November 18, 2022

Maggie Weng, Johnson lab
“ A Global Meta-Analysis of Hypersaline Microbial Communities”


December 2, 2022

Rita Akinkuoutu, Singer lab
“Intestinal barrier repair in Giardiasis”

Spring 2023

Ellen jacob

January 13, 2023

 Ellen Jacobs, Mann lab
“Do bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Shark Bay, Western Australia, modify echolocation behavior while using sponge tools to forage?”


January 20, 2023

 Dennis DiMaggio, Brinsmade lab
“Investigating how pyrimidine metabolismaffects SaeRS TCS activity in Staphylococcus aureu”


January 27, 2023

JEDI committee
“Graduate student recruitment – conversations for a more equitable future.”

Brady Thexton

February 3, 2023

 Brady Thexton, Weiss lab
“Assessing the integration of non-indigenous plants into native trophic webs”

Marcelle Ferreira

February 17, 2023

Marcella Ferreira, Brinsmade lab
“Identification of an alternative pathway for the synthesis of branched-chain fatty acids in Staphylococcus aureus


February 24, 2023

 Workshop on implicit bias

March 17, 2023

Samantha Sturiale, Armbruster lab
“Fall duration and winter heat waves that have contrasting effects on the overwintering fitness of an invasive disease vector, Aedes albopictus.”

Grace Jeschke

March 24, 2023

Grace Jeschke, Ries lab
“Surviving and Thriving in a Changing World.”

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April 14, 2023

Mia Cozart, Huang lab


April 21, 2023

 Henry Stevens, Marra lab

Juan Carlos Martinez Cervantes

April 28, 2023

Juan Carlos Martinez-Cervantes, Cervantes-Sandoval lab

May 5, 2023

 Emily Williams, Marra lab
“The patterns and drivers of intraspecific variation in migratory behavior in a songbird