Department of Biological Sciences

Dodge Hall Rm 375
118 Library Dr
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3550
fax: (248) 370-4225

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Departmental Seminars are open to the public. Please contact Renee Gabriel for more information. She may also be reached by calling (248) 370-3550.

Upcoming Seminars

Email for Zoom link

Dr. Michael Holinstat & Jim Van Loon
BGSO Career Seminar Series III
Patent rights and navigating a dual career path (Academia & Industry)
Friday, March 17, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
337 MSC

Dr. Stefanie Redemann
Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics
University of Virginia, School of Medicine
Uncovering the Mechanics of Chromosome Segregation Using 3D Tomography
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
12:00 - 1:00 PM
127 Dodge Hall
Host: Dr. Mi Hye Song

Sigma Xi Annual Lecture
Alecia Gabriel, Ph.D.

Motor City Steam & The Lab Drawer
Lost then Found: Building a foundation for change
Wednesday, April 5, 2023
4:00-5:00 PM
Oakland Center Ballrooms B & C

James Luyendyk, Ph.D.
Professor, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Institute for Integrative Toxicology
Clot Wars: The rise of fibrin in liver injury and repair
Thursday, April 6, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM
203 Dodge Hall
Host: Dr. Valance Washington

Grace Fuller
Director of Animal Welfare
Detroit Zoological Society
Animal Welfare Research Initiatives at the Detroit Zoo
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM
185 Mathematics and Science Center

Previous Seminars

Christopher Powell
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
Mentor: Dr. Fabia Battistuzzi
Assessment of taxon sampling on phylogenetic reconstructions and timetrees: a new methodology and application
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
2:00-3:00 PM
202 Dodge Hall

Zachary Osmond
Master’s Thesis Seminar
Mentor: Dr. Shailesh Lal
Bioinformatic analysis of co-splicing factors RBM48 and ARMC7 reveal conserved function between plants and humans
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM

Cody Howe
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
Mentor: Sang Hoon Rhee
Studying the Role of Pten in the Gut and the Gut-Brain Inflammatory Connection
Friday, March 10, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM

Blake Walker
Master's Thesis Seminar
Mentor: Dr. Sang Hoon Rhee
Studying an Association of Pyroptosis with the Spontaneous Colitis Development in Interleukin-10 Knockout Mice
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM

Mansi Verma & Saul Ruiz Palacios
BGSO Career Seminar Series II
Transition from Student to Industry
Friday, February 17, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM
337 MSC

Marvin Nieman, Ph.D.

Sigma Xi Research Seminar
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Vice Dean for Graduate Education, Graduate Education Office
School of Medicine, Case Western University
Protease Signaling: Mechanistic insights learned from protease activated receptors
Thursday, February 9, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM
202 Dodge Hall

Taras Oleksyk
C.4 Faculty Review
Local Genomic Diversity in Context: Origins of Populations, Adaptations, and Human Disease
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
185 Mathematics and Science Center

Gary Smith, Ph.D. H.C.I.D.

Director of MStem Cell Lab, University of Michigan
Invited Speaker
Host: Luis Villa-Diaz
Disease specific-human embryonic stem cells to model over 400 human monogenic diseases
Thursday, November 3, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Oakland Center, Ambassador Rooms A-B

Albi Ishmakej
Master's Thesis Defense
Mentor: Dr. Rasul Chaudhry
Efficacy of umbilical cord MSC-Derived neural progenitors in a rat model of Parkinson's disease
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
3:00-4:00 PM

Hunter Craig
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Raffel
Thermal biology of parasites and their hosts in the laboratory and classroom
Thursday, October 27, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM

Kevin Watts Ph.D.
Product Innovation Director, Cargill Health Technologies
Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecture
My scientific method: lessons learned in the pursuit of a scientific career.
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
12:00PM-1:00 PM
OC-Gold Rooms B/C or Zoom

Farzane Sivandzade
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
Mentor: Dr. Luca Cucullo
Traumatic Brain Injury: Assessing the pathogenic impact of chronic smoking and potential countermeasures
Monday, October 17, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM

Viktor Tóth Ph.D.
Fulbright Scholar Program, Bowling Green State University
Invited Speaker
Do shallow lakes have a future?
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
12:00PM-1:00 PM
Oakland Center, Ambassador A-B

James Noelker
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Raffel
Scaling temperature dependance of disease dynamics from individuals to populations
Friday, October 7, 2022
12:00PM-1:00 PM

Joseph DiPanni
Doctoral Dissertation Proposal
Mentor: Dr. Mi Hye Song
Proteolytic Regulation of Centrosome Assembly
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
12:00PM-1:00 PM