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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Genetic dissection of Chlamydia-mediated manipulation of host signaling pathways

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | November 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Raphael H. Valdivia, Duke University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



Author Event with Jennifer Doudna: A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution, Jennifer Doudna

Reading - Nonfiction | November 14 | 4:30-6 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Bioscience & Natural Resources Library


Dr. Jennifer A. Doudna, Professor, UC Berkeley

Library, Life & Health Sciences Division


Professor Doudna's new book chronicles the discovery of CRISPR and the ethical questions to come. Join us for a fascinating discussion with Professor Doudna on the timely and important issues explored in her book.


All Audiences

All Audiences

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mechanisms of DNA double-strand break repair

Seminar: Divisions of BBS, CDB and GGD | November 15 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Tanya Paull, University of Texas at Austin

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cell adhesion and signaling pathways governing CNS development and cancer

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | November 16 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Joseph McCarty, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fall Honors Poster Session

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | November 17 | 3-5 p.m. | Valley Life Sciences Building, Onderdonk Lobby


Fall Honors Poster Session

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lecture: Rules of engagement: molecular arms races between host and viral genomes

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | November 28 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Harmit Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lecture: Genetic conflicts: beyond the usual suspects

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | November 29 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Harmit Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Allan C. Wilson Memorial Lectures

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Information seeking and randomization in human exploration and exploitation

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | November 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Robert Wilson, University of Arizona, Department of Psychology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, December 1, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Defective viral genomes: strong drivers of antiviral immunity and virus persistence

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | December 5 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Carolina Lopez, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Pathobiology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "What makes the Lyme disease bacterium tick?"

Seminar | December 6 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Christine Jacobs Wagner, Yale University

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


Our laboratory is part of the Microbial Sciences Institute at the Yale West Campus. Our group studies the temporal and spatial mechanisms involved in bacterial physiology, with emphasis on chromosome dynamics, cell division, cell cycle regulation, cell morphogenesis and RNA biology. Our primary model organisms are Caulobacter crescentus, Escherichia coli and the Lyme disease pathogen Borrelia...   More >



Thursday, December 7, 2017

Neural oscillations: what, where, when, and why?

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | December 7 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition | Canceled


Bradley Voytek, University of California, San Diego

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



The Meyerhoff Scholars Program: A successful model for developing a more inclusive STEM PhD workforce

Lecture | December 7 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Haas School of Business, Spieker Forum, Connie & Kevin Chou Hall


Mike Summers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

College of Letters & Science, College of Chemistry


The Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields. The UMBC Meyerhoff family is now more than 1,300 strong, with over 1,000 alumni across the nation and nearly 300 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs.

This event is free and open to the public -- join us for talk & reception.


RSVP online.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Annual Capstone Lecture: "From In Vitro Biochemical Reconstitution to Single Molecule Live Cell Imaging: Breaking Down Gene Regulation"

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | December 8 | 3-4 p.m. | Bechtel Engineering Center, Sibley Auditorium


Robert Tjian, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Department of Molecular & Cell Biology Annual Capstone Lecture

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Optically probing the neural basis of perception

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | January 24 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Hillel Adesnik, University of California, Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Seminar

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | January 25 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building | Note change in date


Polina Lishko, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Time resolution in cryo-EM and resolution in state space

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | January 30 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Joachim Frank, Columbia University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Evolution in rapidly adapting populations"

Seminar | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Michael Desai, Harvard University

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


Natural selection and other evolutionary forces lead to particular patterns of evolutionary dynamics, and they leave characteristic signatures on the genetic variation within populations. We use a combination of theory and experiments to study the dynamics and population genetics of natural selection in asexual populations such as microbes and viruses.



Dissecting the form and function of host–microbe relationships within the intestine

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | January 31 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Travis Wiles**, University of Oregon

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Friday, February 2, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Transcription machinery and genome organization: A single molecule mechanistic view of how cellular machines assemble and function

Seminar: Division of Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD) | February 6 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Xavier Darzacq, University of California, Berkeley

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CANCELLED Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "RNA structure encodes specificity in intracellular phase transitions"

Seminar | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Amy Gladfelter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


The Gladfelter lab is interested in how cells are organized in time and space.  We study how cytoplasm is spatially patterned and how cells sense their own shape.  We also investigate how timing in the cell division cycle can be highly variable yet still accurate.



A natural mouse model of cryptosporidiosis

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 7 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Adam Sateriale**, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Inhibitory control of learning signals

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


**Jason Christie**, Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Close encounters of the microbial kind: How Mycobacterium tuberculosis traverses the mucosal barrier

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | February 13 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Michael Shiloh, University of Texas Southwestern

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CRISPR-guided insights into the physiology and evolution of methanogenic archaea

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 14 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Dipti Nayak**, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Developing new immunotherapeutics by exploiting structural insights with protein engineering

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | February 20 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


K. Christopher Garcia, Stanford University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Life on the inside: the evolutionary consequences of intracellular parasitism in cryptic Fungi"

Seminar | February 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Alisha Quandt

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


I'm interested in all aspects of fungal biology. My research is focused on addressing three fundamental questions in mycology: (1) How do fungi evolve the ability to switch hosts or adapt to utilize various substrates? (2) How do fungi interact with other microorganisms? and (3) Where are potential unexplored habitats of novel fungal diversity? Genomics, metagenomics, transcriptomics,...   More >



Thursday, February 22, 2018

“Purinergic signaling pathways in testis”

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 22 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Marc Spehr, Aachen University, Germany

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

You take my breath away: How healthy guts exclude oxygen

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | February 28 | 12-1 p.m. | 125 Li Ka Shing Center


**Mariana Byndloss**, University of California, Davis

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Friday, March 2, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Necroptosis beyond death: new roles for a cell death pathway in infection and immunity

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | March 6 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Andrew Oberst, University of Washington, Department of Immunology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Friday, March 9, 2018

“Immune system regulation by microbiota in intestinal barrier homeostasis”

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | March 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Dan Littman, Skirball Institute and New York University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, March 12, 2018

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | March 12 | 1-2 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


**Andreas Tolias**

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Closing the Loop on Social Communication: From Circuits to Behavior and Back Again

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | March 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


**Mala Murthy**, Princeton University | Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Chiron Lecture: From energy input to signal output I: A glimpse of glucose uptake through GLUTs

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | March 20 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Chiron Lectures

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "The critical roles of (p)ppGpp in Gram positive bacteria"

Seminar | March 21 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Jade Wang, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


Our research focuses on how living systems accurately duplicate and process their genetic information by regulating the central dogma processes of replication, transcription, and translation. Conserved from bacteria to humans, the central dogma lies at the heart of all cellular activities and its regulation is essential for survival and genome stability.



Chiron Lecture: From energy input to signal output II: – Snapshots of the voltage-gated Na+ and Ca2+ channels

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | March 21 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Nieng Yan, Tsinghua University

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Chiron Lectures

Friday, March 23, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Antibody responses to conserved epitopes on the influenza virus surface glycoproteins

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | March 27 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Krammer Florian, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Department of Microbiology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, CEND (Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases)


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Division of Immunology and Pathogenesis

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | April 3 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Aravinda Desilva

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The gut microbiome: a master regulator of metabolism

Seminar: Divisions of BBS, CDB and GGD | April 4 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Lora Hooper, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | April 5 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Amita Sehgal, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Friday, April 6, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Ants, agriculture, and antibiotics"

Seminar | April 11 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Cameron Currie, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


Our research focuses on the ecology and evolution of symbiotic associations between animals and microbes. We utilize a cross-disciplinary approach incorporating ecological, evolutionary, behavioral, genetic, and microbiological approaches and employ molecular ecology and phylogenetic techniques to examine how microbes shape the biology of higher organisms.



Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Honors Poster Session

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | April 13 | 3-5 p.m. | Li Ka Shing Center, 2nd Floor Lobby


Spring Honors Poster Session

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Monday, April 16, 2018

BBS Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBS) | April 16 | 3-5 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


BBS Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

IandP Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | April 17 | 4-6 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


I&P Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CDB Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) | April 18 | 12-2 p.m. | 2063 Valley Life Sciences Building


CDB Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH



GGD Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Genetics, Genomics & Development (GGD) | April 18 | 4-6 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


GGD Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEURO Honors Symposium

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | April 19 | 4-6 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


NEURO Honors Symposium

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Monday, April 23, 2018

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Regulated protein degradation in bacteria growth and stress response"

Seminar | April 25 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 Barker Hall


Peter Chien, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Department of Plant and Microbial Biology


We are an interdisciplinary lab focused on understanding regulated protein degradation and quality control using biochemistry, structural biology and cell biology. Our primary approach is to use both molecular and cellular techniques to understand the mechanisms that lead to specific substrate processing during basic cellular events.



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Division of Neurobiology and H. Wills Neuroscience Institute

Seminar: Division of Neurobiology & H. Wills Neuroscience Inst (Neuro) | April 26 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Emery Brown , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Friday, May 4, 2018

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology Annual Alumni Seminar

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | May 4 | 3-4 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus


Iain Cheeseman, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Department of Molecular & Cell Biology Annual Alumni Seminar

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Host adaptations to microbial diversity

Seminar: Division of Immunology & Pathogenesis (I&P) | May 8 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 101 Life Sciences Addition


Kenneth Cadwell, Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine, Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


This seminar is partially sponsored by NIH

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Neuroscience Student Seminar Series

Seminar: Neuroscience Student Seminar Series | May 24 | 4-5 p.m. |  UC Berkeley Campus


Kia Nobre, University of Oxford

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Into the Natural Microbial World: the Beginnings of Metagenomics

Seminar: Department of Molecular & Cell Biology | October 3 | 3:30-4:30 p.m. | 100 Genetics & Plant Biology Building


Norman Pace, University of Colorado, Boulder

Department of Molecular and Cell Biology


Roger Y. Stanier Memorial Lecture