Departmental Seminar Series

Departmental Seminar Series
Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 PM, Regents 239

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

Spring 2018


Jan. 25, 2018
Dr. Arnaud Martin
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
University South Florida
The Post Antibiotic Era: No ESKAPE?
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Feb. 8, 2018
Dr. Bruce Gellin
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 Grayfer
George Washington University 
What we can learn from frog antiviral immune responses
Hosted by: Dr. Elena Silva

Mar. 1, 2018
Dr. Charles Holmes
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
Rutgers University
Metal ion homeostasis as an antimicrobial target in Staphylococcus aureus
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

April 5, 2018
Dr. Thomas Dever
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 Fettweis
Virginia Commonwealth University
The vaginal microbiome and preterm birth.  
Hosted by: Dr. Steven Singer

Apr. 26, 2018
Dr. Jocelyne DiRuggiero
Johns Hopkins University, Biology
Desert Worlds, the Dry Limit for Life.
Hosted by: Dr. Sarah Johnson 

Desert Worlds, the Dry Limit for Life

Fall 2017


Sep. 28, 2017
Dr. Dianne Newman 
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
The City College of New York
Evolution & conservation of butterflies in Southeast Asia
Hosted by: Dr. Leslie Ries

Oct. 12, 2017
Dr. Greg Lang
Lehigh University 
A Genome evolution in laboratory populations of yeast
Hosted by: Dr. Mark Rose 

Oct. 26, 2017
Dr. Paul Roepe
Georgetown University, 
The Biochemistry of Antimalarial Drug Resistance
Hosted by: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf

Nov. 2, 2017
Dr. Kay E. Holekamp 
University of Michigan 
The Evolution of intelligence in mammalian carnivores
Hosted by: Jared Grimmer, Biology department graduate student. 

Nov. 9, 2017
Dr. Albert Basson
Kings College London
Chromatin remodelling and signalling pathways in cerebellar development and medulloblastoma
Hosted by: Dr. Jeffrey Huang

Nov. 30, 2017
Dr. Richard Schlegel
Center for Cell Reprogramming
HPV, cell reprogramming, and intercampus stem cell biology.
Hosted by: Dr. Jeffrey Huang

Spring 2017

Spring 2017 speakers include:

Jan. 19, 2017
Dr. Ellen Carpenter
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and National Science Foundation (NSF)
Reelin’ Along – Roles for Reelin Signaling in Brain and Breast Development and Disease
Hosted by: Dr. Elena Silva

Feb. 2, 2017
Dr. Anna Allen
Howard University
Novel Functions for the RNA-building protien ETR-1 in Caenorhabditis elegans reproduction and physiological germline apoptosis.
Hosted by: Dr. Anne Rosenwald 

Feb. 16, 2017
Dr. Peter Williamson
National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Model Pathogen, Model Organism: How Cryptococcus Sees the World.
Hosted by: Dr. Anne Rosenwald 

Mar. 2, 2017
Dr. Peter Olmsted
Georgetown University, Department of Physics 
Fun with Membrances
Hosted by: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf

Mar. 16, 2017
Dr. Rodrigo Maillard
Georgetown University, Chemistry department 
How do Protein Domains Talk to Each Other?
Hosted by: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf

Mar. 23, 2017
Dr. Adam Smith
George Washington University  
Social Behavior in The Bee Megalopta Genalis and The Evolution of Sociality in The Sweat Bees
Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss

April 6, 2017
Dr. Robert Miller
George Washington University 
Cellular and molecular interactions regulating CNS myelination and repair
Hosted by: Dr. Jeffrey Huang

April 20, 2017
Dr. Maciej Boni
Penn State University
Delaying drug resistance in malaria
Hosted by: Dr. Shweta Bansal

Fall 2016

Fall 2016 speakers include:

Sep. 8, 2016
Dr. Rebecca Katz
Georgetown University
Global Health Security at Georgetown
Hosted by: Dr. Anne Rosenwald

Sep. 15, 2016
Dr. Kristen Jenkins
Modeling for Understanding: An authentic scientific experience in the undergraduate biology classroom
Hosted by: Dr. Leslie Ries

Sep.29, 2016
Dr. Eric Skaar
Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine
The intersection of infection and nutrition at the host-pathogen interface
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Oct. 6, 2016
Dr. Cesar Nufio
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
George Washington University
Hosted by: Drs. Gina Wimp and Leslie Ries

Oct. 13, 2016
Dr. Brandyce St. Laurent
Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research,  NIH
Diverse Vectors, Outdoor Transmission, and Drug Resistance: Why Malaria Control gets Complicated in Combodia 
Hosted by: Dr. Peter Armbruster

Oct. 20, 2016
Dr. Joshua Benoit
University of Cincinnati
Viviparity and stress tolerance: examining physiological mechanisms of arthropods under diverse circumstances – Graduate Student Nominated Speaker
Hosted by: Grad Students

Nov. 3, 2016
Dr. Lisa Taneyhill
University of Maryland
A sticky question: The role of cell adhesion in neural crest cell development.
Hosted by: Dr. Thomas Coate

Nov. 10, 2016
Dr. I Fang Sun
National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
Plant reproductive decision-making and its consequences in a changing world — insights from two Asian tropical rain forests
Hosted by: Dr. Martha Weiss

Spring term 2016

Spring 2016 speakers include:

Jan. 21, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Gardner
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Functional Characterization of Cellulose Degradation in Bacterial Systems: Study of Requirement Versus Sufficiency
Hosted by: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Jan. 28, 2016
Dr. Courtney J. Robinson
Howard University
Dissecting Insect-Associated Microbial Communities
Hosted by: Dr. Anne Rosenwald

Feb. 4, 2016
Dr. Zack Adelman
Virginia Tech
Manipulating the mosquito genome to decipher the genetics of arboviral transmission
Hosted by: Dr. Peter Armbuster

Feb. 11, 2016
Dr. Sarah Johnson
Georgetown Univerity
Mars and the Search for Life
Hosted by: Dr. Elena Silva

Feb. 18, 2016
Dr. Joseph Neale
Georgetown University
A Research Life

Mar. 3, 2016
Dr. Glenda GillaspyGraduate student nominated  speaker!
Virginia Tech
Plant Cell Communication and Inositol Phosphates

Mar. 17, 2016
Dr. Danelle Devenport
Princeton University
Coordinating long-range tissue polarity in an expansive and regenerative epithelium
Hosted by: Dr. Jeffery Huang

Mar. 31, 2016
Dr. Joshua Weiner
University of IOWA
Match and grow: Specificity of Protocadherin cell-cell interactions drives dendrite arbor complexity
Hosted by: Dr. Maria Donoghue

May. 5, 2016
Dr. Paul C. Cross
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS & Department of Interior
Transmission across species and disciplines in disease ecology
Hosted by: Dr. Shweta Bansal 

Fall term 2015

Sep. 3, 2015
Dr. Michael C. Runge
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
The Polar Bear Conservation Management Plan: Cooperative management in a changing climate
Hosted by: Dr. Shweta Bansal

Sep. 10, 2015
Dr. Ira Daar
National Cancer Institute
Signaling Mechanisms Of EphrinBs In Cell Adhesion And Migration
Hosted by: Drs. Elena Silva and Maria Donoghue

Sep. 17, 2015
Dr. Mark Rose
Princeton University
Kar4p, a protein at the intersection of meiosis and mating
Hosted by: Dr. Ronda Rolfes 

Oct. 1, 2015
Dr. Mark Smeltzer
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Bad to the Bone: Staphylococcus aureus as an Orthopaedic Pathogen
Hosted: Dr. Shaun Brinsmade

Oct. 8, 2015
Dr. Santosh D’Mello
Southern Methodist University
Friend and foe: Histone deactylase-3 in brain development and neuronal survival
Hosted by: Drs. Elena Silva and Maria Donoghue

Oct. 15, 2015
Dr. Manus Patten
Georgetown University
The long reach of genetic conflicts

Oct. 22, 2015
Dr. Keryn Gedan
University of Maryland
Ecology of tidal wetland plant communities experiencing climate change and accelerated sea-level rise
Hosted by: Dr. Leslie Ries

Nov. 5, 2015
Dr. T’ai Roulston
University of Virginia
The Beast of the Belly: Ecological and Evolutionary Struggles Between Parasitoid Conopid Flies and their Bumble Bee Hosts
Hosts: Drs. Gina Wimp and Martha Weiss)

Nov. 12, 2015
Dr. Andrew Dacks
West Virginia University
Serotonergic Neuromodulation of Olfaction
Hosted by: Dr. Thomas Coate

Dec. 3, 2015
Dr. Daniel A. Gorelick
University of Alabama, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Using zebrafish to monitor environmental endocrine disrupting compounds
Hosted by: Dr. Tagide deCarvalho

Spring term 2015

Jan. 15, 2015
Dr. Erik Aschehoug
North Carolina State University
Biodiversity, species interactions, and plant community structure

Jan. 22, 2015
Dr. Leslie Ries
University of Maryland 
Big science for little insects

Jan. 29, 2015
Dr. Haldre Rogers
Rice University 
What is the fate of a silent forest? The importance of avian pollination, seed dispersal, and predation in plant communities

Feb. 5, 2015
Dr. Jesse Lasky
Columbia University 
Community demography reveals drivers of diversity and ecosystem function

Feb. 12, 2015
Dr. Stephen Hovick
Ohio State University 
Functional trait variation and invasion success in plant communities

Feb. 19, 2015
Dr. Matthew Helmus
VU University Amsterdam 
Biodiversity Science in the Anthropocene

Mar. 5, 2015
Canceled due to the weather; rescheduled to April 9

Mar. 19, 2015
Ian Carroll, Postdoctoral Fellow
Georgetown University
Does livestock market self-reporting fill the data gap on potentially disease transmitting cattle shipments?

Apr. 2, 2015
Rachel Horak, Postdoctoral Education Fellow
American Society for Microbiology
Using biogeochemistry, microbial physiology, and the “omics” to understand the changing nitrogen cycle of the Pacific Ocean

Apr. 9, 2015
Kathleen Maguire-Zeiss
Georgetown University
Neurodegenerative Disorders: The Role of Microglia and Astrocytes

Fall term 2014

Oct. 10, 2014

Dr. Jedd Wolchok
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Cancer Immunotherapy: The End Of The Beginning 
Hosted by: Dr. Steven Singer

Oct. 16, 2014
Ian Gallicano
Department Of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology, Georgetown University Medical Center 
How Do Micrornas Affect Development?
Hosted by: Dr. Heidi Elmendorf 

Oct. 30, 2014
Dr. Aaron Mitchell
Carnegie Mellon University
Rules Of Engagement – Pathogen Response To The Environment Of Invasive Infection

Nov. 6, 2014
Dr. Damien O’Hallora
 George Washington University
Mechanisms Of Neural Plasticity: From Genes To Behavior

Nov. 13, 2014
Dr. Mollie Manier
George Washington University
Evolutionary Genetics Of Post-Copulatory Sexual Selection In Drosophila