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.

Spring 2021 seminar series

Location: virtual (meeting invite to be sent by email in advance)
All seminars occur on Fridays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (except as noted for Jan. 29th)
Please contact Dr. Barkman ( with any questions or to request an invitation.
Dr. Todd Barkman, Faculty Coordinator

January 15, 2021
Organizational meeting for BIOS 6050 class

January 22, 2021
Rick Page (Miami University)
"Dynamic Protein Quality Control by the CHIP/Hsp70 Complex"

January 29, 2021
Bala Chaudhary (DePaul University)
"Trait-based aerial dispersal of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi"
Please note special time 10:45-11:45AM
(This seminar is co-hosted with Kellogg Biological Station)

February 5, 2021
Hector Quemada (Western Michigan University)
"Development of gene drives for malaria control"

February 5, 2021
Ricky Stull (Western Michigan University)
Seeing red – a novel cytochrome c is the natural electron acceptor for nicotine oxidoreductase

February 19, 2021
Aubrey Arain (Oakland University)
Exposures to metals from electronic waste recycling

February 26, 2021
Rick VanEnk (Bronson Methodist Hospital and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine)
"A general review of the COVID-19 landscape and the interesting story of the two mRNA vaccines"

March 5, 2021
Peter Quakenbush/Carol Beaver (Western Michigan University)
"The monophyly of Medinilla (Melastomataceae), its geographic origins, and the evolution of dimorphic stamens/Microbial Communities Associated with Changing Magnetic Susceptibility in Hydrocarbon-Contaminated Sediments"

March 12, 2021
Gabriel Almeida Alves/Alberto F. Cintron-Colon (Western Michigan University)
"The Effects of Exogenous Treatment Utilizing α-Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide in The Heart/Seeking the fountain of youth: the effects of exercise on muscle-derived GDNF
expression and motor neuron structural plasticity in rats from post-weaning to old age"

March 19, 2021
Brandon Cox (Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine)
"Notch signaling regulates cell survival in the neonatal cochlea"

April 9, 2021
Angela L. Strecker (Western Washington University)
"What are the roles of connectivity and the environment in structuring freshwater communities?"

April 16, 2021
Stacey D. Smith (University of Colorado, Boulder)
"Macroevolutionary dynamics of a rare trait: the origins and fates of red flowers in the tomato family"

April 23, 2021
Cheryl Sisk (Michigan State University)
"Not the usual place and time: new neurons and glia are added to sexually dimorphic brain regions during puberty"