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Department of Biology

Seminars and Events

Students at the rim of the Grand Canyon

Students gathering plant specimens

Fridays 3:00-4:00 PM in MCL121  (unless otherwise noted)

All talks are open to the public. Upcoming speakers and their topics are listed below. Please click on the seminar titles for further details. If you have any questions or comments, please email the coordinator or call the Department of Biology at 559•278•2001. For other public science lectures, please check out the Central Valley Café Scientifique.

Fall 2023 Colloquium Speakers
Date Speaker Topic Institution
08/25/23 --- Introduction & Orientation ---

Dr. Alija Mujic
Dr. Cynthia Hsu
Dr. Kate Waselkov
Dr. Justin Shaffer
Dr. Joel Slade

Faculty Lightning Talks Fresno State University,
Department of Biology
09/08/23 Dr. Ulrike Muller
Dr. Francine Arroyo
Dr. Emily Walter
Dr. Joel Slade
Faculty Lightning Talks Fresno State University,
Department of Biology
09/15/23 Dr. Chelsey Juarez

Stories in the bones: Forensic Anthropology Research and Case Work at Fresno State

Fresno State University,
Department of Anthropology
09/22/23 Dr. Alija Mujic Biological Invasions, rare fungi, and oak woodlands: Metabarcoding applications in fungal ecology Fresno State University,
Department of Biology
09/29/23 Dr. Jacob Wenger Utilizing remote sensing technologies to monitor and quantify spider mite (Tetranychus spp.) damage in California almonds (Prunus dulcis) Fresno State University, Department of Plant Science
10/06/23 Allyson Brooks Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Protecting Open Spaces and Engaging our Community Sierra Foothills Conservancy
10/13/23 Dr. Rhonda Newman Fluorescence fundamentals: Shinning light on cellular function Thermo Fisher Scientific
10/20/23 Dr. Steve Blumenshine What are CSU Affinity Groups?  An overview of CSU-WATER (Water Advocacy Towards Education & Research) CSU-Water
10/27/23 Dr. Joseph Ross & Adriana Grieco Assessing Temperature Dependence of Developmental Delay Frequencies within Intra-species Hybrids of Caenorhabditis briggsae Fresno State University,
Department of Biology
11/03/23 Dr. Daniel Ojeda-Juarez Understanding neurodegenerative diseases: From Alzheimer's to Prion Disease" University of California,
San Diego

 Veteran's Day Holiday



11/17/23 Dr. Anil Shrestha Agroecosystems, Pests and Pesticides: Past, Present and Future Fresno State University,
Department of Plant Science
11/24/23 Thanksgiving Day Holiday    
12/01/20 Dr. Rosa Alcazar   Clovis Community College 


Graduate students in the Biology and Biotechnology Masters programs present their thesis research in a culminating Thesis Exit Seminar to the department's faculty and students.

Fall 2023 Exit Seminars
Date  Speaker Title Time & Location
10/09/23 Ashneet Kaur A Meta-Analysis of Cytokine/Chemokine Profiles Induced by SARS-COV2 and Other Viral Infections

Science I
RM 300
12:30 PM

11/21/23 Tyler Combs Stressful Times Call for Stressful Measures: Comparing Energetic and Hormonal Measures of Stress in Response to Simulated Threats in Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus Occidentalis) Science I
RM 141
11:00 AM
11/29/23 Arron Ridenour Dismantling Misinformation Using Civic Online Reasoning in a General Education Biology Course

9:00 AM

11/30/23 Aksa Anthony Elavinal CED4 Peptides Kill Caenorhabditis Elegans Nematodes Through Induction of the Endogenous PCD (Programmed Cell Death)

10:00 AM


Esther Fernandez
Lukyon Mendrin
Marcus Carranza
Muskan Bhatia
Arron Ridenour
Danielle Sublett

Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Mini-Symposium Science 2
RM 109
2:00 PM
12/4/23 Kelly Martin From Valley to Summit: Investigating Copper from Distant Sources in a Remote Alpine Lake Basin of Sequoia National Park Zoom
10:00 AM
12/4/23 Dahlia Ordaz The Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Neuronal Stem Cells

1:00 PM

12/4/23 Sonali Biswas Investigating Differential Expression of Palladin Isoform 3 in 2D and 3D Pancreatic Cancer Cell Cultures

3:00 PM


Carlos Gonzalez Nunez

Utilization of a Yeast Model to Study the Role of the Protein Bcl-2 in the Regulation of Carbohydrate Metabolism

Science I 
Room 141 
4:00 PM

12/5/23 Xara Vaidya Investigating Interactions Between Spheroids of Breast Cancer Metastatic to Bone Zoom 
2:00 PM


More information coming soon!