Biology Seminar Series


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

Where: Zoom

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.

If you want to watch again: UTMBiology 2020-2021 Seminar Series Recordings


Date Speaker Title Host Poster
      WINTER BREAK    
Jan. 8, 2021

Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo,
Stanford University

Disruption of species interactions in the Anthropocene: Consequences for ecosystems and humans Dr. Marc Johnson



Jan.15, 2021

Dr. Marcus Noyes,
The Institute for Systems Genetics at the NYU School of Medicine

Using old techniques in a genomic age to understand molecular function Dr. Adriano Senatore



Jan. 22, 2021

Dr. Kate Jones,
University College London

Our Planet, Our Health - Ecosystem approaches to forecasting zoonotic diseases  Dr. John Ratcliffe



Jan. 29, 2021

Dr. Stephanie Hampton,
Washington State University

Ecology under lake ice Dr. Shannon McCauley



Feb. 5, 2021

Dr. Gaël McGill,
Center for Molecular and Cellular Dynamics, Harvard Medical School

Knowledge Synthesis Through Scientific Visualization: How the SARS CoV-2 Spike Drives Membrane Fusion Dr. Jodie Jenkinson



Feb. 12, 2021

Ruth Rivkin,
University of Toronto Mississauga

The effects of urbanization on the ecology and evolution of species interaction Dr. Marc Johnson




Feb. 12, 2021 Aravind Harikumar,
University of Toronto Missisauga
Tree Physiology on the fast track - high-resolution remote sensing of vegetation dynamics Dr. Ingo Ensminger



Feb. 26, 2021 Dr. Christopher J. Schell, University of Washington Tacoma

Socio-eco-evo dynamics: Exploring how society shapes the biology of cities

Dr. Marc Johnson


Mar. 5, 2021

Dr. Stuart Trenholm,
McGill University

Retinal circuit computations and how the brain adapts following vision loss Dr. Baohua Liu



Mar. 12, 2021 Dr. Kelley Harris,
University of Washington
A wild-derived mutator allele drives mutation spectrum differences among common laboratory mouse strains Dr. Rob Ness


Mar. 19, 2021 Dr. Deborah McGregor, York University’s Osgoode Hall  Decolonizing Conservation: Living in Harmony with Nature SUPER SPEAKER


Mar. 26, 2021 Dr. Jessica Ware,
Rutgers University
Insect evolution: dragonfly, damselfly and Dictyoptera systematics SUPER SPEAKER


Abstract & Bio


Sep. 11, 2020 Chris Lowden, PhD student,
University of Toronto Mississauga

Deciphering the Transcriptional Mechanisms Orchestrating Cellular Metabolism in the Brain

Dr. Mary Cheng  


Sep. 11, 2020 Dr. Hossam Abdel Moniem, PDF, University of Toronto Mississauga

Mapping the flow: Building, testing, and using connectivity models in urban landscapes

Dr. Helene Wagner


Poster/ Bio

Sep. 18, 2020

Dr. Kim Joe,
McMaster University

Lessons learned from teaching a large introductory psychology course: What works and what doesn’t, and what isn’t worth the effort Dr. John Ratcliffe  


Sep. 25, 2020 Dr. Heather McFarlane,
University of Toronto
Sending the right signals for plant cell wall synthesis and remodelling Dr. Ingo Ensminger



Oct. 2, 2020 Dr. Julian Resasco,
University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Biodiversity under environmental change in large-scale and long-term studies Dr. Helene Wagner



Oct. 9, 2020 Dr. Mark Lange,
Washington State University, USA
Evolution of chemical diversity in glandular trichomes – from seed ferns of the Late Carboniferous to present day cannabis Dr. Michael Phillips




Oct. 23,

Dr. Josef Penninger,
Live Sciences Institute, University of British Columbia
ACE2- from discovery to COVID-19 Dr. Mary Cheng



Oct. 30, 2020

Dr. Alemu Gonsamo,
McMaster University
Changes in phenology and carbon uptake of the high latitude ecosystems during the satellite era Dr. Ingo Ensminger



Nov. 6, 2020 Dr. Judith Denkinger,
Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Humpback whales off Ecuador in a changing climate Dr. Christoph Richter




Nov. 13, 2020 Dr. Stefan Grunder,
RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Neuropeptides - agonists and modulators of DEG/ENaC channels Dr. Adriano Senatore


Nov. 20, 2020 Dr. Aleeza Gerstein,
University of Manitoba
Drug resistance and virulence in human fungal pathogens through the lens of evolutionary genetics Dr. Marcus Dillon



Nov. 27,

Dr. Imogen Coe,
Ryerson University, Canada
We are working on rescheduling this seminar early 2021. Stay tuned! SUPER SPEAKER  
Dec. 4, 2020 Jiashu Liu,
University of Toronto Mississauga
Mechanisms underlying the cortical modulation of optokinetic reflex (OKR) Dr. Baohua Liu



Dec. 4, 2020 Dr. Qianshi Lin,
University of Toronto Mississauga
Phylogenetics and evolution of a newly demonstrated lineage of carnivorous monocots Dr. Sasa Stefanovic




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