• Fall 2020


    Date Time Host Speaker Institution Title


    Penelope Higgs Dr. Josh Shrout University of Notre Dame The complexity of behavior exhibited by bacteria moving from here to there
    9/21 12:30p-Zoom       TBD
    9/28 12:30p-Zoom Lori Pile Dr. Sophia Lunt Michigan State University Deciphering metabolic reprogramming in cancer
    10/5 12:30p-Zoom Donna Kashian Dr. Mike Fracker University of Michigan Antipredator defenses in tadpoles: physiology to phenotype to performance 
    10/12 12:30p-Zoom Jared Schrader Dr. Sangjin Kim UIUC Probing birth and death of mRNAs in bacteria using single-molecule microscopy
    10/19 12:30p-Zoom BSGSA (Bianca Pereira) Dr. Victor Ambros University of Massachusetts Genetic control of developmental timing in C. elegans
    10/26 12:30p-Zoom Victoria Meller  Dr. Athar Ansari Wayne State University TBD
    11/2 12:30p-Zoom Penelope Higgs Dr. Sara Blumer-Schuette Oakland University TBD
    11/9 12:30p-Zoom Joy Alcedo Dr. Arjumand Ghazi Pitt TBD
    11/16 12:30p-Zoom Justin Kenney Dr. Karl Clark Mayo Clinic TBD
    11/23 12:30p-Zoom       TBD
    11/30 12:30p-Zoom Tom Dowling (Corush) Dr. Luke Harmon Univeristy of Idaho TBD
    12/7 12:30p-Zoom P.C Lee Dr. Mona Wu-Orr Armherst College TBD
    12/14 12:30p-Zoom       TBD


  • Winter 2020
    Date Time Host Speaker Institution Title

    12:30p- BSB 1167      

    Ed Golenberg Dr. Karen Hicks Kenyon College Dissecting the genetic basis of seasonal reproductive development in the moss Physcomitrella patens
    1/13 12:30p- BSB 1167 Miriam Greenberg Dr. Hanaa Hariri UT Southwestern  The emerging roles of organelle contact sites in metabolic homeostasis
    1/29 12:30p- BSB 1167 Victoria Meller Dr. Amit Joshi University of North Carolina Lipid droplet and peroxisome biogenesis at specialized ER subdomains 
    2/3 12:30p- BSB 1167        
    2/10 12:30p- BSB 1167 Victoria Meller Dr. Amy Rumora University of Michigan Saturated and monounsaturated fatty acides differentially regulate nerve function in murine models of prediabetes
    2/12 12:30p- BSB 1178 Lori Pile Dr. Laura Musselman Binghamton University  Using Drosphila to probe the effects of dietary excess
    2/17 12:30p- BSB 1167 BSGSA Dr. Philip Sharp

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Dynamic condensates formed by phase transition in regulation of transcription
    2/24 12:30p- BSB 1167 Weilong Hao Dr. Jian-Ping Xu McMaster University  TBD
    3/2 12:30p- BSB 1167 Jared Schrader Dr. Steph Weber McGill University  TBD
    3/16 12:30p- BSB 1167 Markus Friedrich Dr. Kate Feller University of Minnesota TBD
    323 12:30p- BSB 1167 Marianna Sadagurski Dr. Diane Fingar  University of Michigan TBD
    3/30 12:30p- BSB 1167 Justin Kenney Dr. Karl Clark  Mayo Clinic TBD
    4/6 12:30p- BSB 1167 Joy Alcedo  Dr. Arjumand Ghazi University of Pittsburgh TBD
    4/13 12:30p- BSB 1167 PC Lee Dr. Arne Rietsch Case Western Reserve University  TBD
    4/20 12:30p- BSB 1167 Lori Pile Sophia Hunt Michigan State University  TBD


  • Fall 2019
    Date Time Host Speaker Institution Title

    12:30p- BSB 1167      

    Marianna Sadagurski 

    Dr. Sang Won Park Harvard University The role of BRD7 in glucose metabolism
    9/16 12:30p- BSB 1167 Jared Schrader Dr. Anthony Vecchiarelli University of Michigan- Ann Arbor How do cyanobacteria spatially organize arguably the most important organelle on earth?
    9/30 12:30p- BSB 1167 Victoria Meller Dr. Jared Schrader  Wayne State University  Bacterial RNP Bodies Organize mRNA Decay
    10/7 12:30p- BSB 1167 Chuanzhu Fan Dr. Tim Karr Arizona State What mighty contest aries from trivial proteomics
    10/14 12:30p- BSB 1167 Victoria Meller Dr. Penelope Higgs Wayne State University Regulation of cell fate segregation in the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus: a complex signal transduction and gene regulation network
    10/21 12:30p- BSB 1167 Jared Schrader Dr. Jason Peters University of Wisconsin  CRISPR-based Functional Genomics in Bacteria
    10/28 12:30p- BSB 1167 Marianna Sadagurski Dr. Sabrina Diano Yale University Mitochondria and nutrient sensing in the brain
    11/11 12:30p- BSB 1167 Tim Dowling Dr. Corey Anderson Valdosta State University New insight into gopher tortoise burrow ecology and seed dispersal based on point-process modeling
    11/25 12:30p- BSB 1167 Haidong Gu Dr. Maria Kalamvoki University of Kansas Medical Center Biogenesis and functions of extracellular vesicles released during HSV-1 infection
    12/9 12:30p- BSB 1167 BSGSA Dr. Mackenzie Mathis  Harvard University Deep learning in the lab; how AI is enabling new insights into animal behavior


  • Winter 2019
    Date Host Speaker Institution Title
    1/7 Haidong Gu Dr. Yuan He Wayne State University Department of Biochemistry, Immunology and Micorbiology The inflammasomes: Role in diseases and mechanism of action
    1/14 Donna Kashian Dr. Vijay Kannappan Georgia Pacific  
    1/16 Victoria Meller Ben Koestler University of Texas Formate: Intracellular signal that promotes Shigella Pathogenesis
    1/28 Markus Friedrich Dr. Peter Hoffmann Wayne State University  
    2/4 Justin Kenney Dr. Thomas Mueller Kansas State University The Homologs of Isocortes & Amygdala in Zebrafish- An Intergrative Evolutionary Developmental Perspective on Brain Function
    2/6 Victoria Meller Dr. Ken Matreyek University of Washington Massively Parallel Assays for Protein Function in Disease
    2/11 Jill Steiner Dr. Alan Wilson Auburn University Consequences of nutrient enrichment and herbivore adaptation for phytoplankton in lakes
    2/13 Victoria Meller Dr. Eillen Tecle University of California, San Diego Investigating the regulation of the Intracellular Pathogen Response: A novel epithelial immune reaction.
    2/18 Lori Pile Dr. Jason Tennessen Indiana University Studies of Cancer Metabolism using Drosophila as a Model System
    2/20 Victoria Meller Dr. Pei Chung Lee NIH Hijacking the host Hippo pathway by a chimeric effector kinase of Legionella pneumophila
    2/25 BSGSA Dr. Yusuf A Hannun Stonybrook Neutral sphingomyelinases, mechanisms and regulation
    3/4 Victoria Meller Dr. Robert Blumenthal University of Toledo Global Regulation in Bacteria-Learning from Lrp
    3/18 Jared Schrader Dr. Seth Childers University of Pittsburgh Compositional regulation of biomolecular condensates enables cell polarity in a bacterium
    3/25 Haidong Gu Dr. Zhilong Yang Kansas State University Selective protein synthesis during poxvirus-induced host shutoff
    4/1 Aleksandar Popadić Dr. Ehab Abouheif McGill University What soldier and super soldier ants teach us about development and evolution
    4/8 Penelope Higgs Dr. Jonathan Dworkin Columbia University A mechanism for quiescence in bacteria and yeast
    4/15 Thomas Dowling Dr. Brian Verrelli VCU Evolutionary genomic applications to biomedicine and biodiversity
    4/22 Markus Friedrich Dr. Elke Buschbeck University of Cincinnati