Graduate Student Seminars and Graduate Development Workshops


Graduate Student Seminars and Graduate Development Workshops, Fridays, 3:30-4:45 PM, 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. 

To learn about current, previous, and upcoming graduate students, please browse the lists below. 

Spring term 2018

Jan. 12, 2018
Workshop: Making the most of scientific conferences
led by: Drs. Shweta Bansal and Steven Singer

Jan. 19, 2018
Caitlin Karniski
Grandmother effects in bottlenose dolphins

Jan. 26, 2018
Homero Cantu Guerra
Morphogenesis of Type I Spiral Ganglion Neurons and a potential role for Sema3a/Nrp1 signaling

Feb. 9, 2018
Kevin Mlynek
Nutritional regulation of the Sae two-component system by CodY in Staphylococcus aureus

Feb. 16, 2018
Victoria Morrissette 
Characterizing inositol pyrophosphate signal regulation

Feb. 23, 2018
Marc Fink
The role of myeloid cells in Giardia immunity

Mar. 2nd, 2018
Alyssa King
Small RNA molecules are important regulators of gene expression in Staphylococcus aureus

Mar. 16, 2018
Zhirong Wang
Extracellular ATP promotes embryonic spiral ganglion neuron maturation via P2X3 receptors

Mar. 23, 2018
Workshop: Science & Science Policy Careers Beyond Academia
Panelists: Francesca T. Grifo, Science Integrity Official at the Office of Research and Development, EPA, and Clifford Duke, Director of Science Programs, Ecological Society of America

Apr. 6, 2018
Pablo Silva Rodriguez
Understanding regulators of neurogenesis in frog

Apr. 27, 2018
Kathryn Sanchez

Fall term 2017

Sep. 15, 2017
Workshop: Building an Online Image as a Scientist

Sep. 22, 2017
Elena Zaikova
Community structure and genomics of Antarctica’s ancient microbes

Sept. 29, 2017
Workshop: Non-academic careers

Oct. 6, 2017
Lisa Krim, Senior Advisor to the President for Faculty Relations
Workshop: Success saboteurs

Oct. 13, 2017
Stephanie Davis
Exploring interleukin-4 induced protein 1
A potential treatment option and biomarker of multiple sclerosis

Oct. 27, 2017
Gift Wangsanut
RNA sequencing analysis reveals Grf10 target genes during yeast-hyphal switching in Candida albicans

Nov. 3, 2017
Zachary Batz
Geographic Variation in Diapause

Nov. 10, 2017
Ewa Krzyszczyk
Costs and benefits of being a juvenile

Nov. 17, 2017
Dillon Damuth
Disentangling the role of Sox21 heterodimers in the coordination of neurogenesis in Xenopus laevis

Dec.1, 2017
Kaela Singleton
Mismatched Sox: Differential function of Sox11 in neural development 

Dec.8, 2017
Mariana Abarca Zama
Predicting butterfly phenology in a changing world

Spring term 2017

Jan. 13, 2017
Workshop: How to be a Mentor

Jan. 27, 2017
Sonia Nanescu
The role of retinoic acid (RA) synthesizing enzyme, retinaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (RALDH2) in mouse demyelination.

Feb. 3, 2017
Graduate Awards Ceremony

Feb. 10, 2017
Workshop: Writing Cover Letters for Scientific Manuscripts

Feb. 17, 2017
Jens Fritzenwanker
Three phases of Wnt signaling defining three phases of axis development in the hemichordate S. kowalevskii.

Mar. 3, 2017
Zach Batz
Lipids and Metabolites During Early Diapause of Aedes albopictus

Mar. 17, 2017
Vivian Morrison
Exploring the role of retinoic acid signaling in oligodendrocyte lineage cell function.

Mar. 24, 2017
Kaela Singleton
Matching your Sox: Cross Species Function and Regulation of Sox11 in Neural Development

Mar. 31, 2017
Caitlin Karniski
Reproductive and behavioral senescence in bottlenose dolphins

Apr. 7, 2017
Steph Davis
Interleukin-4 induced protein 1 as a novel biomarker and treatment option in multiple sclerosis

Apr. 21, 2017
Chapman Presentations

Apr. 28, 2017
Georgetown Day

Fall term 2016

Sep. 9, 2016
Workshop 1
Building your Professional Image

Sep. 16, 2016
Elizabeth Lee
Identifying drivers of spatial heterogeneity in influenza disease burden

Sep. 23, 2016
Pratha Sah
Inferring networks of infectious disease spread in wildlife populations

Sep. 30, 2016
Trey Picou
The Hydrodynamic Model of Giardia Attachment

Oct. 7, 2016
Workshop 2
Talking Science with Non-scientists

Oct. 14, 2016
Gift Wangsanut
Functional Mapping Of Grf10 Transcription Factor In Candida Albicans

Oct. 28, 2016
Madison Kiketa
“Examining long-term social bonds in adult female bottlenose dolphins”

Nov. 4, 2016
Workshop 3

Nov. 11, 2016
Ricardo Guetierrez-Ozuna

Nov. 18, 2016
Dillon Damuth

Spring term 2016 

Jan. 15, 2016
Kelly Chamberlain
Axo-Glial Interactions: Bioenergetics of White Matter

Jan. 29, 2016
Vivianne Morrison
Exploring the role of retinoic acid signaling in oligodendrocyte lineage cell function

Feb. 5, 2016
Grad recruitment and research symposium

Feb. 12, 2016
Gift Wangsanut
Regulation of purine de novo biosynthesis in Candida albicans

Feb. 19, 2016
Amy Battocletti
The population genetic effects of habitat fragmentation on habitat specialists

Feb. 26, 2016
Dillon Damuth
Characterizing Sox21-protein interactions and their functions in coordinating neurogenesis in Xenopus laevis

Mar. 4, 2016
Trey Picou
The Hydrodynamic Model of Giardia lamblia Attachment

Mar. 18, 2016
Madison Miketa
Climate change and responses to seagrass die-off in a top predator, the bottlenose dolphin

Fall term 2015

Sep. 11, 2015
Workshop 1: Publishing – How to choose a publisher for your manuscript.

Sep. 18, 2015
Workshop 2: Review of the Search
Hosted by: Drs. Gina Wimp, Anne Rosenwald, Leslie Ries, Tom Coate, and Elena Silva

Oct. 2, 2015
Maaroof Fakhri, from Labster
Workshop 3: Active Learning and Teaching
Hosted by: Anne Rosenwald

Oct. 9, 2015
Dr. Jeffery Huang
Workshop 4: Photoshop

Oct. 16, 2015
Dr. Joseph Neale
Seminar Model

Oct. 23, 2015
Shu Yang
The function of the small GTPases Arl1 and Ypt6 in autophagy

Oct.30, 2015
Xin Huang
Identifying the genomic basis of photoperiodic diapause in Aedes albopictus

Nov. 6, 2015
Ricardo Gutierrez-Ozuña
Mating system and population structure of the tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Nov. 13, 2015
Elizabeth Lee
Modeling the drivers of spatial heterogeneity in influenza disease burden

Nov. 20, 2015
Pratha Sah
Effect of modular contact networks on wildlife disease spread

Spring term 2015

Jan. 9, 2015
Dr. Shaun Brinsmade (Faculty Seminar)
Integrating Metabolism and Virulence in Staphylococcus aureus

Jan. 16, 2015
Graduate Student Workshop #1 – Writing in Science

Jan. 23, 2015
Graduate Student Workshop #2 – What’s next? Moving on from Georgetown to Post-doctoral and Faculty positions

Jan. 30, 2015
Graduate Student Workshop #3 – Best practices in data management

Feb. 6, 2015
Graduate Student Awards and Mentor Recognition Ceremony (will begin at 4:00 pm instead of the usual start time of 3:30 pm.)

Feb. 13, 2015
Ricardo Gutierrez-Ozuna
The effects of ecological mechanisms on evolutionary processes in the Tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Feb. 20, 2015
Sweta Batni
Giardia lamblia Infection and Malnutrition in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Feb. 27, 2015
Elizabeth Lee
Detecting Signals of Seasonal Flu Severity through Age Dynamics

Mar. 20, 2015
Pratha Sah
Title TBA

Mar. 27, 2015
Meg Wallen
Birth seasonality and reproductive success in bottlenose dolphins

Apr. 10, 2015
Kelly Chamberlain
Axon-Glial Interactions: Bioenergetics of White Matter

Fall term 2014

Sept. 12, 2015
Dr. Steven Singer (Faculty seminar)
Lessons from Animal Models

Sept. 19, 2015
Jenny Maloney
Host responses to Giardia infections

Sept. 26, 2015
Rick Kempinski from the AAAS Science & Technology Fellowship Program
Graduate Development Workshop: Applying Science to Society: AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships-careers in government and policy

Oct. 3, 2015
Graduate Development Workshop: Poster and Presentation Workshop
Hosted by: Elena Silva

Oct. 17, 2015
Kristen Mueller, senior editor of the journal Science
Graduate Development Workshop: Scientific Publishing from the Inside Out
Hosted by: Elena Silva

Oct. 24, 2015
Brian Haugen, Health Science Policy Analyst
National Institutes of Health Graduate Development Workshop: Science Policy and Related Careers at the National Institutes of Health

Hosted by: Shaun Brinsmade

Oct. 31, 2015
Shu Yang
Detecting the Function of the Small GTPase Arl1 (Arf-Like) in Autophagy

Nov. 7, 2015
Carrie Leonard
Distinct Roles for EPHA7 Splice Variants in Neuronal Maturation

Nov. 14, 2015
Elizabeth Steidle
SIW14, A Novel IP7 Phosphatase Involved in the Stress Response from Saccharomyces Cerevisiae

Nov. 21, 2015
Trey Picou
The Hydrodynamic Model of Giardia lamblia Attachment

Dec. 5, 2015
Xin Huang
Transcriptome assembly strategies for non-model organisms