Seminar Series 2021-2022

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.

Join us Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 PM, In-person & Virtually.

Fall 2021


September 22, 2021

Dr. P’ng Loke, NIH
Senior Investigator

“Heterogeneity of type 2 immune responses to helminth infections”
Hosted by: Steven Singer

October 7th, 2021

Dr. Bill Snell, UMD College Park
“Using a unicellular organism’s flirtation with multicellularity to uncover broadly conserved cellular and molecular mechanisms of fertilization.”  
Hosted by: Drs. Mark Rose and Thomas Coate

October 14, 2021

Dr. Christina Riehl, Princeton
Assistant Professor, EEB
“Group living and life history tradeoffs: insights from a cooperatively breeding bird”  
Hosted by: Dr. Janet Mann & Vivienne

October 21st, 2021

Dr. Tammy L. Kielian, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Staphylococcus aureus biofilm induces immune dysfunction during craniotomy infection”  
Hosted by: Shaun Brinsmade

November 4th, 2021

Dr. Martin Giurfa, CNRS – Paul Sabatier University
Argentinean-French neurobiologist and neuroethologist
“Cognition in a miniature Brain Performance and Mechanisms.”  
Hosted by: Isaac Cervantes Sandoval

November 11, 2021

Dr. Kausik Si, Stowers Institute
Associate Scientific Director and Investigator 
“Storing memory in Amyloid.”  
Hosted by: Isaac Cervantes Sandoval

Spring 2022

Meng Meng Fu

January 20, 2022

Dr. Meng Meng Fu, NIH
Statdman Investigator
“Building the Oligodendrocyte: Mechanisms of Acentrosomal Microtubule Nucleation and mRNA Transport.  
Hosted by: Jeffrey Huang


February 3rd, 2022

Dr. Malcolm WinklerIndiana University-Bloomington
“New Roles for Some Old Proteins in Cell Division and Peptidoglycan Cell Wall Synthesis of Streptococcus pneumoniae”  
Hosted by: Shaun Brinsmade

February 17, 2022

Dr. Katherine Wu, The Atlantic
A staff writer for The Atlantic, a Story Collider senior producer, and a senior editor at The Open Notebook
“Science & storytelling during the pandemic”  
Hosted by: Shweta Bansal

February 24, 2022

Dr. Elizabeth HobsonUniversity of Cincinnati
Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and an Associate Editor for the journal Ornithology
“Dominance hierarchies, fight decisions, & social support as windows into animal social cognition”  
Hosted by: Dr. Janet Mann and Post Doctoral Fellow Vivienne Foroughirad

Karen Zito

March 3rd, 2022

Dr. Karen Zito, UC Davis

“Sculpting the nervous system: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural circuit refinement”  
Hosted by: Haiyan He

March 24, 2022

Dr. Jianhua CangUVA
Professor and Director of Undergrad
“Visual Processing in the Superior Colliculus”  
Hosted by: Dr. Haiyan He

Bree Aldridge, Tufts University

April 7th, 2022

Dr. Bree AldridgeTufts University
Associate professor
“The long and the short of it: paths to engineering TB treatment”  
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Luis Abdala‐Roberts

April 21, 2022

Dr. Luis Abdala-RobertsUniversidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Assistant Professor
“Effects of tropical tree diversity on birds: implications for top-down control and community stability.”  
Hosted by: Dr. Gina Wimp