Fall Seminar Series 2017

The Department of Biology presents a series of lectures and seminars each fall and spring semester. All seminars unless otherwise noted are held at 4:00 pm Thursdays in Ellington Hall Auditorium (EH100) with a Reception at 3:30 pm in Ellington Hall Foyer.


September 7

Amy Abell, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Memphis, "Regulating the Cellular Phenotype of Stem Cells and Cancer Cells." Tenure and Promotion Talk. Host T&P committee.

September 14

Fatima Rivas, PhD, Assistant Member, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis. "Natural products in drug discovery." Host Dr. Chuck Lessman.

September 21

Hong Ma, PhD, Department of Biology and the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, the Pennsylvania State University & Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Biodiversity Sciences and Ecological Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. "Phylogenetic relationships using nuclear marker genes and evolution of fleshy fruit types in Rosaceae (the Rose family)." Host Dr. Jennifer Mandel.

September 28

Pam Soltis, PhD, University of Florida, Laboratory of Molecular Systematics & Evolutionary Genetics, Distinguished Professor and Curator, "Whole-Genome Duplication and Plant Diversification." Co-host Dr. Jennifer Mandel and Dr. Randall Bayer.

October 5

No seminar

October 12

Ronald N. Laribee, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Cancer Center, UTHSC, Memphis. "Mechanisms of environmental epigenetic and transcriptional regulation". Host Dr. Andrew Liu.

October 19

No seminar

October 26

Zhaohui Wu, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Cancer Center, UTHSC, Memphis. "DNA damage-induced NF-kB signaling and its implication in cancer drug resistance". Host Dr. Andrew Liu.

November 2

Joseph Dauer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Education, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "Modeling to Learn Biology: Research on how students construct and interpret biological system models." Host Dr. Jaime Sabel.

November 9

Steve Yanoviak, PhD, Associate Professor, Tom Wallace Endowed Chair of Conservation, Department of Biology, University of Louisville. "Ecology of the rainforest canopy from individuals to ecosystems." Host Dr. Duane McKenna.

November 16

Dr. Elizabeth Grice, PhD, Assistant Professor, Departments of Dermatology and Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania. "Skin microbiome and host responses in health, disease, and wound healing". Host Dr. Tom Sutter.

November 30

Dr. David Sherr, PhD, Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University. "An Environmental Chemical Receptor that Controls Multiple Contributors to Cancer Aggression". Host Dr. Tom Sutter.