Seminar Series

The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University invites you to explore the world of biology through our seminar series each semester.

Fall 2022 seminar series

Location: Wood Hall, Room 1710 unless otherwise indicated
All seminars occur on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Please contact Dr. Karim Essani ( with any questions or to request an online invitation.

September 16, 2022
Dr. Karen Alofs, Assistant Professor, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan
"Approaches for Understanding the Impact of Climate Changes on Freshwater Fishes"

September 23, 2022- ONLINE SEMINAR
Dr. Carmen Montaña, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Austin State University, TX 
"Everything is bigger here: Conservation challenges of fishes in Texas" 

September 30, 2022
Dr. Yan Lu, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, WMU
"Chloroplast Biology"

October 7, 2022
Dr. Christine Sprunger, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, Kellogg Biological Station, MSU
"The Integration of Nematode Communities into the Soil Health Framework"

October 14, 2022
Dr. Erica Wehrwein, Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, MSU
"Science Teaching" 

October 28, 2022
Dr. Steve Quay; Bach Lecture, Founder of Atossa Therapeutics Inc. (Seattle, WA)
"Valley Doc: From Pseudomonas to Silicon Valley & Stanford to the US Senate" 

November 4, 2022   CANCELLED
Dr. Antonio Chiocca; Bach Lecture, Neurosurgeon-in-Chief and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA)
"Oncolytic Viruses and Brain Cancer" 

November 11, 2022
Dr. Takeshi Shimamura, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois Medical School
"Facing the Challenge of Lung Cancer Drug Resistance" 

November 18, 2022
Dr. Tom Rothstein; Bach Lecture, Professor and Chair of the Department of Investigative Medicine, Director of the Center for Immunobiology, WMed
"Human B1 Cells and Natural Antibodies in Health and Disease" 

December 2, 2022
Dr. Neal Hammer, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
"Metabolism of Pathogenesis and Antibiotic Resistance"

December 9, 2022
Michael Monaco, Zach Stoner, and Jacob Mastenbrook, Western Michigan University Department of Biological Sciences
Graduate Student Mini Seminars