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 2022 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.
Please contact Dr. McCullough ( or Dr. Schriever ( with any questions or to request an invitation.

January 21, 2022
Glenn Dolphin, Ph.D. University of Calgary 

"Teaching the biography of the theory of the earth: Using the developmental trajectory of the theory of plate tectonics to teach about earth dynamics and the nature of science"  

January 28, 2022

Oné Pagán, Ph.D. West Chester University

"A functional assay to assess planarian brain regeneration"

February 4, 2022
Leda Kobziar, Ph.D. University of Idaho
"The Life of Smoke: how discoveries in pyroaerobiology are reshaping the way we think about the microbiome"

February 11, 2022
Jen Lamb, Ph.D. St. Cloud State University

February 18, 2022
Yogesh Suryawanshi, M.D., Ph.D. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
"Balancing Safety And Efficacy: Optimizing The Outcome Of Oncolytic Mengovirus Therapy Through A Multipronged Approach" 

February 25, 2022
Yu Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
"The role of chromatin loop extrusion in antibody diversification"

March 4, 2022
Spirit Day - no seminar

March 11, 2022
Spring Break - no seminar

March 18, 2022
David Lowry, Ph.D. Michigan State University
"The genetic and physiological basis of local adaptation in plants"

March 25, 2022
Joy Alcedo, Ph.D. Wayne State University
"Neural insulin signaling in development and stress recovery"

April 1, 2022
Graduate student presentations

April 8, 2022
Majorie Weber, Ph.D. Michigan State University
"Linking ecology and macroevolution using plant-insect interactions"

April 15, 2022
Shannon McCauley, Ph.D. University of Toronto

"The metacommunity ecology of freshwater systems in a changing world"

April 22 2022
Graduate student presentations