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Department of Biology

Seminars and Events

Students at the rim of the Grand Canyon

Students gathering plant specimens

Fridays at 3:00-4:00 PM online  (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.

Colloquium Speakers
Date Speaker Topic Institution
08/26/2022 --- Introduction & Orientation ---

Dr. Rory Telemeco
Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea
Dr. Alija Mujic
Dr. Karine Gousset
Dr. David Lent

Research Lightning Round #1 California State University, Fresno, Biology Dept.
09/09/2022 Dr. Katherine Waselkov
Dr. Alexandria Hansen
Dr. Joseph Ross
Dr. Jason Bush
Dr. Francine Arroyo
Research Lightning Round #2

California State University, Fresno, Biology Dept.


Dr. Rhonda Newman

Life Science R&D at Thermo Fisher Scientific: Innovating to Support Life Science Research Across the World Thermo Fisher Scientific R&D

Dr. Kwame Acheampong

Understanding the mechanisms underlying cytokinin-dependent root responses Director of R&D, Opti-Harves
09/30/2022 Dr. Diego Calderon The continuum of Drosophila embryonic development at single-cell resolution University of Washington
10/07/2022 Dr. Jason Cantley Exploring evolutionary processes promoting adaptive divergence within the flora of the Hawaiian Islands San Francisco State University
10/14/2022 Dr. Aravind Natarajan Ghosts of COVID past - The Chronicles of Poop Stanford University
10/21/2022 Dr. Jacob Francis Tripartite interactions in the floral marketplace- connecting plant, insect, and microbe perspectives to understand how chemistry mediates pollination University of California, Davis
10/28/2022 Dr. Michelle Scribner
Romy Lum
Janell Barlow
KP Charpentier
Non-academic Career Panel

Theiagen Genomics

CA Department of Justice
TriLink BioTechnologies

11/04/2022 Paola Lopez-Duarte Rhythms of the Seashore: Searching for Tide-Associated Pacemakers University of North Carolina, Charlotte
11/11/2022   Veteran's Day Holiday  
11/18/2022 Dr. Catherine Armbruster Tracking migration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa variants throughout the respiratory tract of people with cystic fibrosis Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine
11/25/2022   Thanksgiving Break  
12/02/2022 Dr. Jackie Lebenzon
Mitochondrial homeostasis and metabolic suppression during insect diapause University of California, Berkeley


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 2022 Exit Seminars
Date  Speaker Title Time & Location
10/27/2022 Emma Guerrero Evidence-Laden Narratives, Science Denial, and COVID-19: A Study of Student Thinking, Motivation, and Risk Perception in General Education Biology.

9:00 AM

11/15/2022 Chad Chapman Measuring the Sucess of the Invasive Brown Widow Spider and its Impact on the Native Western Black Widow Spider 10:00 AM
Science 1 Room 324
11/22/2022 Kevin Helwick Measuring the frequency of paternal mitochondrial transmission in the nematode species Caenorhabditis briggsae 9:00 AM

12/1/2022 Lesly Pereira-Fita Genetic incompatibilities affect fecundity and X-chromosome nondisjunction in Caenorhabditis briggsae hybrids 10:00 AM
Science II Room 107 & Zoom 
12/2/2022 Tilly M. Duong Developing Virtual Field Trips in an Era of COVID-19: A Pilot Study Evaluating Science Experiences for Second Grade Children

4:00 PM

12/5/2022 Arwa Alsubhi Identification and Isolation of Chalcone Mutants of Caenorhabditis elegans

10:00 AM

12/5/2022 Emeline E. Pano Identification and Syntenic Analysis of DNA Methylatransferases in Rhizopogon

4:00 PM

12/6/2022 Carina Araceli Villegas Modular Cloning of Recombinant MUC1 and MUC16 Antibodies by Assembly of Synthetic Domain Genes

10:00 AM

12/6/2022 Sriram Balasubramanian Effect of Individual and 6-Carbon Linked Chalcones on Caenorhabditis Elegans Nematode's Lifespan

11:00 AM

12/7/2022 Michael A. Castro Characterizing the Transcriptome of Xylella Fastidiosa Dinjrele and Hicab Mutants 11:00 AM

More information coming soon!