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Department of Molecular Biology

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Departmental Seminars

The Molecular Biology Department’s seminar program is one of the very best on campus. We make a strong effort to bring in visiting scientists who can provide a entertaining, enlightening, and current research report on an important area of molecular biology. Shown below is a listing of the current semester’s seminar speakers. Note that departmental seminars during Spring 2008 semester will start at 2:10 pm. in room 103 of the Animal Science/Molecular Biology building.

Molecular Biology Spring 2008 SEMINARS


Speaker & Affiliation

Seminar Title


Jan. 18

Marcelo Jacobs-Lorena
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Genetic Modification of Insect Vectors of Disease: Past Accomplishments and Future Prospects

Christoph Geisler
Graduate student

Jan. 25

Byron Caughey
Rocky Mtn Labs

Prion diseases: agent characterization, detection and treatment


Feb. 1

Dr. Carol Blair
Colorado State University

RNA interference as an innate immune response to arboviruses in mosquitoes


Feb. 8

Mark Gomelsky

Sabbatical report


Feb. 15

Hiten Madhani

Chromatin fine structure determinants and their implications for gene control

Amit Thakar

Feb. 22

Oliver Rando
UMass Medical School

Static and dynamic genome-wide views of yeast chromatin


Feb. 29

Tim Galitski
Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle

Systems Genetics


March 7

Mary Hunzicker-Dunn
Washington State University

Glycoprotein hormone signaling pathways in ovarian granulosa cells

Amy Albertson
Graduate student

March 14

Erik Nielsen
University of Michigan

A Role for Phosphoinositides in Polar Secretion During Root Hair Development

Daniel Hill
Graduate student

March 21

 Spring break



March 28

Valeria Souza
UNAM – Mexico

Cuatro Cienegas Coahuila a microbial Galapagos

Jackson & Ward

April 4

Bruce Lahn
University of Chicago

Probing the genetic basis of human brain evolution


April 11

Dan Gold
Favrille, Inc.

Immunotherapy of Non-Hodgkin’s B cell lymphoma; an Intersection of Basic and Applied Science

Reinvite from last semester

April 18

Carla Koehler
Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, UCLA

Understanding how defects in mitochondrial assembly lead to disease


April 25 Belinda Chang
University of Toronto
Reconstructing ancestral visual pigments Steven Massey
May 2
Pete Okkema
U. Illinois @ Chicago
Transcriptional control of C. elegans pharyngeal development and function Fay

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