Biology Department Events

List of Recent Biology Department Seminars and Events (2019-present)

November 9, 2020
Monday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Judette Louis, MD, MPH, University of South Florida (Tampa)
Topic: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Maternal Morbidity: Pregnancy as a Window to Cardiovascular Health
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

November 2, 2020
Monday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Joseph Davis, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Topic: Visualizing Molecular Machines in Motion
Host: Dr. Misty Thomas

October 19, 2020
Monday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Veronica Segarra, DDS, PhD, University of North Carolina
Topic: A Role for Clathrin in Autophagy
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

October 12, 2020
Monday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Lisa Limeri, PhD, University of Georgia
Topic: What do students think about intelligence, how do we know, and why does it matter?
Host: Dr. Kelsie Bernot

October 5, 2020
Monday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Jennifer Webster-Cyriaque, DDS, PhD, University of North Carolina
Topic: Viral Molecular Pathogenesis in Oral Disease
Host: Dr. Liesl Jeffers-Francis

September 28, 2020
Monday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Elli Theobald, PhD; University of Washington
Topic: Student Achievement and Ways to Disrupt Educational Inequities in Science
Host: Dr. Kelsie Bernot

November 20, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Mariyah Pressley, University of Southern Florida
Topic: Pseudohypoxia: Exploring Facultative and Constitutive Strategies in Cancer Cells in Response to Cycling Hypoxia
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

November 13, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. Nora Franceschini, UNC-Chapel Hill
Topic: Genome-wide Association Analyses of Kidney Traits in Selected Populations
Host: Dr. Scott Harrison

November 6, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. Steven Kridel, Wake Forest University
Topic: Wake Forest Summer Research and Graduate School Opportunities
Host: Dr. Perpetua Muganda

October 30, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. Christopher A. Abdullah, UNC-Chapel Hill (SPIRE Fellow)
Topic: The Role of SRC Kinase in Estrogen Receptor-positive Breast Cancer Cell Proliferation and Tumor Growth
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

October 9, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. Christie Ojiaku, Charles River Associates
Topic: Beyond Academia: Finding and landing alternative career opportunities with an advanced degree in the sciences
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

October 2, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Department of Biology MARC Program, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Lauryn A. Chadwick presents - "The Effects of Perfluorooctanoic Acid on E. coli"
Endia J. Fletcher presents - "Using Label-Free Multimodal Non-linear Optical Imaging to Assess Drug-Toxicity"
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

September 25, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Olusola Jeje, Applied Science and Technology PhD student
Topic: Evolution of Iron (III) and bacteriophage selection in Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655: Consequences on antimicrobial resistance and prospects for phage therapy
Host: Dr. Liesl Jeffers-Francis

September 18, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Summer Undergraduate Internship Showcase, Department of Biology MARC Program, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Kailyn M. Price presents - "Exploring principles of public service at the intersection of STEM and policy for undergraduates"
Kelyah M. Spurgeon presents - "Attenuation of the Staphylococcus aureus Strain 502A: Deletion of Alpha-hemolysin"
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

September 11, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Summer Undergraduate Internship Showcase, Department of Biology MARC Program, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Maria Ford presents - "Evaluating the antibody response elicited by Nano-11-based swine influenza intranasal vaccine for pigs"
Synphane Gibbs presents - "Examining the Effects of MrgprB4+ Neuron Optogenetic Activation on Reward Behavior and Pup Vocalizations"
Host: Dr. Simone Smith

April 17, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Anuoluwapo Odelade, Biology Masters Graduate Student, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Topic: mRNA expression of iron-responsive and oxidative stress genes in experimentally evolved iron-resistant Escherichia coli
Host: Dr. Jian Han

April 3, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Topic: Bridging the Gap, Faculty-Student Forum
Host: Tri-Beta Executive Board

March 27, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. MD A. Motaleb, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
Topic: Periplasmic Flagellar Assembly and Regulation of Motility in Pathogenesis of the Lyme Disease Spirochete
Host: Dr. Misty Thomas

March 20, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Daniela Chala Garcia, Biology Masters Graduate Student, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Topic: Identification of Complete Sequences and Potential Oncogenic Functions of Novel EBV MicroRNAs Up-regulated in Breast Cancer
Host: Dr. Perpetua Muganda

February 27, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Room 128
UNC SPIRE Scholars
Speakers and Topics:
Dr. Whitney Edwards, Identifying the TBX20 Interactome During Cardiac Development
Dr. Justin Watkins, The Hormonal and Redox Control of Guard Cell Signaling
Dr. Kelsey Kean, Understanding Recognition of Methylated Lysine by Histone Reader Proteins
Host: Dr. Roy Coomans

February 20, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Room 128
UNC SPIRE Scholars
Speakers and Topics:
Dr. Sonia Laurie, Epigenetic Regulation of Immune Cell Plasticity: Reprogramming Innate Lymphoid Cell Function and Fate
Dr. Justin Baumann, Impacts of Anthropogenic Stress Across Environmental Gradients on Caribbean Coral Reefs
Dr. Sheldon Lawrence, Using Arabidopsis thaliana to Investigate the Role of Thimet Oligopeptidases in Plant Defense
Host: Dr. Roy Coomans

February 13, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. Ronald Baynes, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Topic: Role of Quantitative Pharmacology/Toxicology in Chemical Risk Assessment and Chemical/Drug Food Safety
Host: Dr. Checo Rorie

January 30, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. Radiah Minor, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Topic: Promoting Health and Modulating Immune Responses through Dietary Supplements and Functional Foods: Studies in rodents and swine

January 23, 2019
Wednesday, 12 - 1 pm, Department Seminar
Barnes Hall Auditorium
Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Genetic and Behavioral Dissection of Pain Neural Circuits
Host: The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program