Biology Seminar Series

When: Fridays, 12-1pm (unless otherwise indicated)

Where: CC2150 Fall Semester/DV2082 Winter Semester (unless otherwise indicated)

Every Friday during the academic year, the Department of Biology hosts an exciting seminar given by a guest speaker. Topics cover every aspect of biology, from whole organisms to molecular biology. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided. Please bring your own mug if possible, to help us reduce waste.

Upcoming Seminar:

Our seminar series has concluded for the year. Please check back in the fall for the new seminar schedule.

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2018-2019 Seminar Schedule

Date Room Speaker / Title Host
Sept 14 CC2150

Dr. Kathryn Harris, UTM

Syntaxin 4, a postsynptic t-SNARE that regulates the development and function of synapses

Ms. Celina Baines, UTM

Natural enemies alter adaptive dispersal plasticity

Seminar Poster

Dr. Adriano Senatore
Sept 21 CC2150

Dr. Joseph Ryan, The Whitney Laboratory, FL USA

How to  make a Ctenophore tentacle: a step-by-step guide using phylogeny, development, and transcriptomics

Seminar Poster

Dr. Adriano Senatore
Sept 28 CC2150

Dr. Simon Chen, University of Ottawa, ON CAN

Dissecting neural circuits underlying motor learning in normal and disease mouse models

Seminar Poster

Dr. Baohua Liu
Oct 5 CC2150

Dr. Ying Sun, Cornell University, NY USA

Probing photosynthesis from remote sensing of solar-induced chlorophyll fluorescence: Scaling up from ground, airborne to satellite platforms

Seminar Poster

Dr. Ingo Ensminger
Oct 12   Fall Reading Week - No Seminar  
Oct 19 CC2150

Dr. Arneet Saltzman, University of Toronto, ON CAN

Histone methylation ‘readers’ ensure robust development and germline immortality in C. elegans

Seminar Poster

Dr. Katharina Braeutigam
Oct 26 CC2150

Dr. Thomas Fazzio
University of Massachusetts, MA USA

Profiling of pluripotency factors in individual stem cells and early embryos

Seminar Poster

Dr. Ho Sung Rhee
Nov 2 CC2150

Dr. Brian Langerhans, North Carolina State University, NC USA

Dr. Marc Johnson
Nov 9 CC2150

Dr. Karla Kaun, Brown University, RI USA

Seminar cancelled

Dr. Joel Levine
Nov 16 CC2150

Dr. Ryan Franckowiak, Queen’s University, ON CAN

Two sides of the same coin: disentangling adult and offspring fitness components

Seminar Poster

Dr. Helene Wagner
Nov 23 CC2150

Dr. Mike Wilson, The Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto, CAN

Comparative Epigenomics: evolution and function of cardiovascular enhancers

Seminar Poster

Dr. Ho Sung Rhee
Nov 30 CC2150

Dr. Sally Aitken, University of British Columbia, BC CAN

Long, slow lives facing rapid change: Climate adaptation in conifers


Seminar Poster

Dec 7 CC2150

Dr. Daniel Vasiliauskas, Paris-Saclay Institute of Neuroscience, France

Natural variation of the fly retinal mosaic

Seminar Poster

Dr. Ted Erclik
Jan 11 DV2082

Dr. Zhe-Xi Luo, University of Chicago, IL USA

Insight into early mammal evolution from new evidence on diversification of Mesozoic mammaliaforms

Seminar Poster

Dr. Robert Reisz
Jan 18 DV2082

Dr. Kate Boersma, University of San Diego, CA USA

Understanding community assembly in freshwater habitats: a graphical hypothesis-evaluation approach to functional diversity

Seminar Poster

Dr. Shannon McCauley
Jan 25 DV2082

Dr. Raju Soolanayakanahally, University of Regina, SK CAN

Exploiting natural variation to accelerate genetic gains in Salix

Seminar Poster

Dr. Katharina Braeutigam
Feb 1 DV2082

Dr. Janet Iwasa, University of Utah, UT USA

Animating Molecular Biology

Seminar Poster

Dr. Marc Dryer
Feb 8 DV2082

Dr. Jonathan Armstrong, Oregon State University, OR USA

How fish and wildlife exploit shifting mosaics of habitat: examples from Alaska to Oregon

Seminar Poster

Dr. Bailey McMeans
Feb 15 DV2082

Dr. Kenta Asahina, The Salk Institute, CA USA

Genetic and neural basis of action choice during social behavior in Drosophila

Seminar Poster

Dr. Joel Levine
Feb 22 DV2082 Winter Reading Week - No Seminar  
Mar 1 DV2082

Dr. Karl Obrietan, Ohio State University, OH USA

Circadian timekeeping within the CNS: Cellular and system-wide oscillators, and their effects on neuronal plasticity

Seminar Poster

Dr. Mary Cheng
Mar 8 DV2082

Seminar Cancelled

Dr. Lars Schmitz, Claremont McKenna College, CA USA

Adaptive Signals in the Evolution of Vertebrate Eyes

Seminar Poster

Dr. Sanja Hinic-Frlog
Mar 15 DV2082

Dr. Andy Jones, Oregon State University, OR USA

Loss of pollinator functional diversity in regenerating tropical forests reduces plant genetic diversity

Seminar Poster

Dr. Helene Wagner
Mar 22 DV2082

Dr. Lauren Schroeder, University of Toronto Mississauga, ON CAN

Evolutionary processes shaping skull diversity in the Homo lineage

Seminar Poster

Dr. Darryl Gwynne
Mar 29 DV2082

Dr. Martin Chalfie, Columbia University, NY USA

Apr 8 DV2082

Dr. Huizhong Tao, University of Southern California, CA USA

Dr. Baohua Liu
Apr 12 DV2082

Dr. Penney Gilbert, University of Toronto, ON CAN

Making 3D models that matter: Engineering skeletal muscle tissue in a dish

Seminar Poster

Dr. Bryan Stewart