Department of Biological Sciences

Spring 2014
Seminar Speaker Series
Schedule


All seminars are presented on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in Knox 110 unless specified otherwise
and are preceeded by refreshments at 3:45 p.m.

Note: This seminar series is partially funded by the Orrin E. Foster Lecture Fund,
through the College of Arts & Sciences, Office of the Dean.

Thursday
Jan. 30

Dr. Ian Willis
Professor
Departments of Biochemistry and of
Systems and Computational Biology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

“Signaling Repression of Transcription by RNA Polymerase III”
Host: Dr. Michael Yu

Thursday
Feb. 6
Dr. David Davido
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas

“Taking Control of the HSV-1 Life Cycle:
Role of Viral and Host Factors”
Host: Dr. Paul Cullen
Thursday
Feb. 13
Dr. Andy Samuelson
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Genetics
University of Rochester
Medical Center

“The Myc-Mondo/Mad interaction network integrates diverse signals in Caenorhabditis elegans aging”
Host: Dr. Denise Ferkey
Thursday
Feb. 20
Dr. Paul Laybourn
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Colorado State University

“Retrovirus HTLV-1 oncoprotein Tax reduces histone levels in human T-cells”
Host: Dr. Denise Ferkey
Friday
Feb. 21
11:00 AM
Dr. Paul Laybourn
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Colorado State University

“Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science:
Writing to Learn in Introductory Cell Biology”
Host: Dr. Denise Ferkey
Wednesday
Feb. 26

New Frontiers in Science & Technology Seminar Series
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Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific & The University at Buffalo Departments of Microbiology and Biological Sciences
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Dr. Jay Dunlap

“Photobiology in Two Fungi:
Richer and Poorer, in Sickness and in Health”

12:15 PM in 144 Farber
South Campus

Thursday
Feb. 27

New Frontiers in Science & Technology Seminar Series
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Sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific & The University at Buffalo Departments of Microbiology and Biological Sciences
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Dr. Jay Dunlap

Professor and Nathan Smith Chair
Geisel School of Medicine
Dartmouth University

“Genetic and Molecular Dissection of a
Simple Circadian System”

Hosts: Dr. Steve Free

Thursday
March 13

Dr. Anne Yoder
Professor
Departments of Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology
Duke University

SEMINAR CANCELLED

“Why are there so many mouse lemur species?: complexities and conundrums in linking genotype to phenotype”
Host: Dr. Charlotte Lindqvist
Thursday
March 27
Dr. Soroush Sadeghi
Assistant Professor
Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences
University at Buffalo.

“Signal processing in peripheral and central vestibular pathways”
Host: Dr. Matthew Xu-Friedman
Thursday
April 3
Dr. Wilma Hofmann
Assistant Professor
Department of Biophysics
State University of New York at Buffalo

“Myosin IC: A Versatile Molecular Motor with Functional Roles from the Outer Edges of the Cell to the Nucleolar Center”
Host: Dr. Paul Cullen
Thursday
April 10
Dr. Elaine Bearer
Professor and Vice-Chair for Research
Department of Pathology
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

“The many faces of axonal transport”
Host: Dr. Shermali Gunawardena
Thursday
April 17
Dr. John Cushman
Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nevada

“Exploiting Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) to Improve Water-use Efficiency in Bioenergy Feedstocks.”
Host: Dr. James Berry
Thursday
April 24
Dr. Govindjee
Professor Emeritus of Biophysics and Plant Biology
Department of Plant Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

“Photosynthesis: From Femtoseconds to a Minute.”
Host: Dr. James Berry
Thursday
May 1
Dr. Anthony Brown
Professor
Department of Neuroscience
The Ohio State University

“Annealing, severing and transport of neurofilaments in axons”
Host: Dr. Shermali Gunawardena
Thursday
May 8
Dr. Megan Frederickson
Assistant Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Toronto, Canada

“Ecology and Evolution of Mutualism:
Insights from Ant-Plant Interactions”
Host: Dr. Katharina Dittmar

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