Seminar Series 2017/2018

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 2017

Sep. 28, 2017

Dr. Dianne Newman 
Professor (Department of Biology)
California Institute of Technology
From Iron Oxides to Infections: Role for Redox-active “Antibiotics” in Microbial Survival and Development  
Hosted by: Alyssa King, Biology department graduate student.

Oct. 5, 2017

Dr. David Lohman
Associate Professor (Department of Biology)
The City College of New York
Evolution & conservation of butterflies in Southeast Asia
Hosted by: Dr. Leslie Ries

Oct. 12, 2017

Dr. Greg Lang
Assistant Professor (Department of Biology)
Lehigh University 
A Genome evolution in laboratory populations of yeast
Hosted by: Dr. Mark Rose 

Oct. 26, 2017

Dr. Paul Roepe
Professor (Department of Chemistry)
Georgetown University 
The Biochemistry of Antimalarial Drug Resistance
Hosted by: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf

Nov. 2, 2017

Dr. Kay E. Holekamp 
Professor (Department of Zoology)
University of Michigan 
The Evolution of intelligence in mammalian carnivores
Hosted by: Jared Grimmer, Biology department graduate student. 

Nov. 9, 2017

Dr. Albert Basson
Senior Lecturer (Department of Craniofacial Development & Stem Cell Biology)
Kings College London
Chromatin remodelling and signalling pathways in cerebellar development and medulloblastoma
Hosted by: Dr. Jeffrey Huang

Nov. 30, 2017

Dr. Richard Schlegel
Professor and Chair (Department of Pathology)
Center for Cell Reprogramming
HPV, cell reprogramming, and intercampus stem cell biology.
Hosted by: Dr. Jeffrey Huang

Spring 2018

Jan. 25, 2018

Dr. Arnaud Martin
Assistant Professor (Department of Biological Sciences)
George Washington University
Do butterflies dream of genetic tattoos? Exploring the genotype-phenotype map using CRISPR and a knowledge-base of the eukaryote genetics literature 
Hosted by: Dr. Leslie Ries

Feb. 1st, 2018

Dr. Les Shaw
Professor (Department of Cell Biology)
University South Florida
The Post Antibiotic Era: No ESKAPE?
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Feb. 8, 2018

Dr. Bruce Gellin
President, Global Immunization
Sabin Vaccine Institute
What this year’s flu season teaches us about influenza: what we know and don’t know
Hosted by: Drs. Heidi Elmendorf and Anne Rosenwald

Feb. 15, 2018

Dr. Leon Grayer
Assistant Professor (Department of Biological Sciences)
George Washington University 
What we can learn from frog antiviral immune responses
Hosted by: Dr. Elena Silva

Mar. 1, 2018

Dr. Charles Holmes
Visiting Associate Professor (Department of Medicine)
Center for Global Health and Quality (GUMC)
Integrating non-traditional data streams into routine care
Hosted by: Dr. Anne Rosenwald

Mar. 22, 2018

Dr. Jeff Boyd
Associate Professor (Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology)
Rutgers University
Metal ion homeostasis as an antimicrobial target in Staphylococcus aureus
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

April 5, 2018

Dr. Thomas Dever
Senior Investigator
Section on Protein Synthesis, NIH
Translation factor eIF5A acts as a sensor and effector for maintaining cellular polyamine homeostasis
Hosted by: Dr. Ronda Rolfes

Apr. 12, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Fettles
Assistant Professor (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Virginia Commonwealth University
The vaginal microbiome and preterm birth.  
Hosted by: Dr. Steven Singer

Apr. 26, 2018

Dr. Jocelyne DiRuggiero
Associate Research Professor (Department of Biology
Johns Hopkins University, Biology
Desert Worlds, the Dry Limit for Life.
Hosted by: Dr. Sarah Johnson