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 2020 seminar series

Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 1710 Wood Hall
Dr. Kathryn Docherty, Faculty Coordinator

January 17, 2020
Dr. Hernán López-Fernández,  University of Michigan
"Macroevolution of Neotropical cichlid fishes: a model for understanding the origin of the largest fish diversity on earth"

January 24, 2020
Dr. Lars Brudvig, Michigan State University
"Interpreting variation in restored prairie plant communities"

January 31, 2020
Dr. Kelly Teske, Western Michigan University
“Identifying a small molecule inhibitor of microRNA-18a maturation for the treatment of prostate cancer.”

February 7, 2020
Dr. Prentiss Jones, WMed
"Identification of Opioid Receptor Agonists in Postmortem Samples: A Toxicological Perspective"

February 14, 2020
Student Presentations

February 21, 2020
Dr. Gideon Bradburd, Michigan State University
"Putting population genetics in space"

March 13, 2020
Student Presentations - 2 sessions
Noon-1:30 p.m. 1220 Chemistry Building
3:30 - 5 p.m. 1710 Wood Hall

March 20, 2020
Dr. Donna Fernandez, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"Adapting to life as an organelle: Solutions to the challenge of trafficking chloroplast membrane proteins"

March 27, 2020
Dr. Kelly Tseng, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Title TBD

April 3, 2020
Dr. Megan Rύa, Wright State University
"Mycorrhizal Mayhem:  Explorations of the Ecology and Evolution Describing Host-Microbe Interactions"

April 10, 2020
Dr. Neal Hammer, Michigan State University
"You are what you eat: Mechanisms of Staphylococccus aureus nutrient sulfur acquisition during infection"

April 17, 2020
Dr. David Raible, University of Washington
"Zebrafish models of hearing loss - lessons from the lateral line."

April 24, 2020
Student Presentations