Department of Biological Sciences

Spring 2015
Seminar Speaker Series
Schedule


Unless specified otherwise all seminars are presented on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
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.

Tuesday
January 6

Dr. Douglas Bernstein
Postdoctoral Fellow
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

“A novel modification of messenger RNA
and fungal morphogenesis”

Host: Dr. Denise Ferkey

Thursday
January 8

Dr. Germano Cecere
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Columbia University Medical Center

“Transcriptional and Epigenetic
Regulation by Short RNAs”

Tuesday
January 6

114 Hochstetter

Dr. Stephen Techtmann
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

"Environmental Controls on Marine Microbial
Community Composition, Activity, and Evolution"

Host: Dr. Omer Gokcumen

Thursday
January 15

Dr. Lars Schreiber
Center for Geomicrobiology
Aarhus University, Denmark

"From the blue side of the earth:
Of tunicate symbionts and cable bacteria"

Host: Dr. Victor Albert

Thursday
January 22

114 Hochstetter

Dr. Joanne Emerson
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Colorado at Boulder

"Metagenomic insights into viral and
microbial ecology in natural systems"

Host: Dr. Paul Cullen

Monday
January 26

121 Cooke

Dr. Andres Gomez
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

"The primate gut microbiome:
From host ecology to human evolution"

Host: Dr. Omer Gokcumen

Tuesday
January 27

114 Hochstetter

Dr. Xu Wang
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University

CANCELLED

"Mechanism and evolution of X chromosome inactivation in
marsupials and placental mammals"

Thursday
January 29

215 NSC

Dr. Alice Ortmann
Assistant Professor
Department of Marine Sciences
University of South Alabama
and
Senior Marine Scientist I
Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Metagenomics Faculty Candidate

"Characterizing the Effect of Environmental Variation on the Diversity of Aquatic Bacterial Communities"

Host: Dr. Chris Loretz

Thursday
February 12

215 NSC

Dr. Mark Mandel
Assistant Professor
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Metagenomics Faculty Candidate

"Genome-wide Discovery of Colonization and Host-specificity Determinants in the Squid Symbiont Vibrio fischer"

Host: Dr. Chris Loretz

Thursday
April 16

Dr. Stephen Free
Department of Biological Sciences
SUNY Buffalo

"Fungal cell wall organization and biogenesis"

Host: Dr. Denise Ferkey


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