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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 2012 semester will start at 2:10 pm. in room 103 of the Animal Science/Molecular Biology building.

Molecular Biology Spring 2012 SEMINARS


Speaker & Affiliation

Seminar Title


1/13/2012 Jennifer DeLuca
Colorado State University
Mitotic chromosome segregation:
Tuning the binding affinity between kinetochores
and microtubules
1/20/2012 Thomas Gerken
Case Western Reserve University
The Initiation of Mucin Type O-Glycosylation:
It’s Really Getting Complicated!
1/27/2012 Christopher Marx
Harvard Biological Labs
Selective pressures on enzymes and adaptation of
metabolic systems
Heather Rothfuss
Postdoc Ward
2/3/2012 Kirsten Hagstrom
Univ. of Mass Medical School
A new role for the chromosome architectural condensing proteins in gene silencing during RNA interference Fay
2/10/2012 Loy Volkman
University of California Berkeley
Baculovirus nucleocapsid transport in vivo and in vitro Jarvis
2/17/2012 Soman Abraham
Department of Pathology
Duke University
TLR4 mediated immunity to bacterial challenge in the bladder Jarvis
2/24/2012 Michael Pierce
Dept. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
University of Georgia Athens
Development of Glycomics technologies and applications to stem cell differentiation and cancer diagnostics Jarvis
3/2/2012 Joan Strassmann
Department of Biology,
Washington University, St. Louis
3/9/2012 Allison Frand
3/16/2012 SPRING BREAK None NONE
3/23/2012 Katrina Forest
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Using Structural Biology to Understand and Modify the Red Light Photoreceptor, Phytochrome Gomelsky
3/30/2012 Orna Cohen-Fix
Nuclear shape- when bad things happen to good nuclei Levy
4/6/2012 NONE NONE
4/13/2012 David Zarkower
Univ. Minnesota
Decisions, decisions: establishing and maintaining male cell
fates in the mammalian gonad
4/20/2012 Ma J
Dept. Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, Ohio SU, Columbus
Generating a prion with bacterially expressed recombinant
prion protein
Christopher Voigt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

(Grad Student)
TBA NONE NONE; Jarvis will choose a primary paper. N/A

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