Department of Biology

Seminar Series 2020/2021

Fall 2020

September 10, 2020

Dr. Nick Pyenson, 
Curator 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

Watch Pyenson’s Presentation

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 at 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

Watch Ramamurthi’s Presentation

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. Kristin Branson, Janelia Senior Group Leader Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute”Analyzing animalbehavior using machine vision and learning”  
Hosted by: Dr. Isaac Cervantes Sandoval

Watch Branson’s presentation
Elodie Ghedin

November 5, 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 12, 2020

Dr. Jimmy Saw, Assistant professor
George Washington University
“Microbial diversity, ecology, and evolution”  
Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss

Yoshiro Aso

November 19, 2020

Dr. Yoshiro Aso, Group leader
HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus
“Learning and Memory”  
Hosted by: Dr. Isaac

Lynnae Quick

November 26, 2020

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

Spring 2021

Doug

January 28, 2021


Dr. Doug Blackiston, Senior Scientist, Primary Investigator
 Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University
“Xenobots: computer-designed organisms”Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss
Video available through request

Norma Cecilia Martinez Gomez

February 4, 2021

Dr. Norma Cecilia Martinez-GomezAssistant Professor
Dept of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California (Berkeley Research)
“Thriving with lanthanides: New life metals in Methylotrophy.”
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Arnaud Sentis

February 11, 2021

Dr. Sentis ArnaudResearcher. French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), Aix-en-Provence, France.
“Symptoms, acclimation, and adaptation to thermal stress: implication for species and their interactions”
Hosted by: Dr. Gina Wimp

Watch Sentis’s video

February 25, 2021

Dr. Elizabeth Lauren JohnsonAssistant Professor
Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
“Infant diets as precise modulators of the gut microbiome”
Hosted by: Dr. Mark Rose

scott waddell

March 4, 2021

Dr. Scott WaddellProfessor of neurobiology and Wellcome trust principal research fellow
Neuroscience, University of Oxford
“Conflict or Complement: parallel memories control behaviour in Drosophila”
Hosted by: Dr. Isaac Cervantes Sandoval

Dr. Esther Braselmann

March 25, 2021

Dr. Esther BraselmannAssistant Professor
Chemistry Department, Georgetown University
“Illuminating RNA Dynamics in Live Mammalian Cells with the Riboglow Platform”
Hosted by: Heidi Elmendorf

April 8, 2021

Dr. Valentina FossatiSenior Research Investigator
New York stem cell foundation (NYSCF), University of Bologna
“IPSC-based Models of Glia Cells for Studying CNS Diseases: Present and Future Perspectives.”
Hosted by: Jingwen Hu (BOGS)

Lucia Strader

April 22nd ,2021

Dr. Lucia Carol Strader, Associate Professor of Biology
BIOLOGY, Duke University
“Transcription Factor Condensation Attenates Activity and Rewires Gene Expression”
Hosted by: Dr. Elena Silva
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Louie Yang

April 29, 2021

Dr. Louie H. YangAssociate Professor of Biology
Department of Entomology and Nematology Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis
“Periodical cicadas as resource pulses linking above ground and below ground communities: A 17-year retrospective.”
Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss

Greg Breed

May 6th, 2021

Dr. Greg A BreedAssistant Professor
Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
“Considering animal life histories under global change.”
Hosted by: Dr. Leslie Ries

Watch Greg’s presentation