Fall 2021 Seminar Series

Each semester, we host the Biological Sciences Seminar Series sponsored in part by the Orrin Foster Lecture Fund. Join us online for the Fall 2021 Seminar Series.

Thursdays, at 4:00 p.m. Location: Clemens 120, North Campus.
All seminars will be available via Zoom or in-person
UB community: log in to access the seminar Zoom link.
For those outside UB, please contact Laura Rusche ( to access the online seminar.

September 9: Kathryn Medler, University at Buffalo: Peripheral taste cell signaling: New proteins and new pathways

September 23: Research Showcase: Shin Jeon (J. Lee) and Ansuman Sahoo (Walker) 
Shin: Title tba 
Ansuman: Dynamic Phosphorylation Regulates Eukaryotic Translation Initiation Factor 4A Activity During the Cell Cycle; 

September 30: Joseph Breza, University of E. Michigan: Lightly Salted: Optogenetic Stimulation of GAD65+ and PKD2L1+ Taste-Bud Cells Illuminates Their Roles in Salt Taste Physiology and Behavior.

October 7: David Kimelman, University of Washington: Tales of tails: uncovering the molecular mechanisms that control formation of the vertebrate embryonic body. 

October 21: Chelsie Armbruster, University at Buffalo: Polymicrobial urinary tract infections: composition and consequences.

November 4: Vaishnavi Rajagopal, Bioverativ/Sanofi: Discovering peptide therapeutics using mRNA display technology.

November 18: Christian Landry, Leval University: Short and long-term impacts of gene duplications.

December 2: David Enard, University of Arizona: Ancient viral epidemics through the lens of host genomes.

December 9: Tatiana Mishanina, University of California San Diego



February 10: Tanja A Godenschwege, Florida Atlantic University, ir Roles in Salt Taste Physiology and Behavior

March 17: Gal Haspel, New Jersey Inst. of Technology

Spring 2021 Online Seminar Series

Seminars Series Spring 2021.

Thursdays, at 4:00 p.m.

UB community can log in to access the seminar Zoom link.
For people outside UB, please contact Laura Rusche ( to access the online seminar.

Feb 12: John Panepinto, UB Microbiology & Immunology Department, discusses: A Central Role of mRNA Decay in Cryptococcus neoformans Stress Adaptation.

Feb. 25: Patrick Lynch, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, US FDA, Scientific considerations for establishing critical quality attributes and control strategies for biopharmaceutical products.

March 4: Shraddha Sharma, Translate Bio, "Transforming mRNA Science into healthy expression".

March 11: Frederic (Freddy) Chain, UMass Lowell, Evolution of young genes across stickleback populations and their impacts on ecological and genomic differentiation.

March 18: UB BIO Research Showcase, Guolei Zhao & Matthew Vandermeulen, "Sirtuin deacetylases are essential for morphological transitions of Candida albicans" and Gene by Environment Interactions Reveal New Aspects of Signaling Network Plasticity.

March 25: Andrew Yoo, Washington University, Modeling late-onset neurodegenerative disorders through neuronal reprogramming.

April 8: Angels Almanar, Associate Project Scientist, UC San Diego, Complexity in Cell-Surface Adhesion Proteins as a marker of human brain maturity.

April 15: Khalid Alam, Stemloop, Inc., Controlling the Central Dogma to Build Point-of-use Biosensors.

April 29: Derek Taylor, UB Biological Sciences, RNA virus-host interactions: insights from paleovirology.

May 6: David Moore, Baylor College of Medicine, Regulation of liver energy balance by nutrient sensing nuclear receptors.


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