Students attend a lecture in Knox Hall on first day of classes in August 2021. The class is taught by Charlotte Lindqvist in biological sciences. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

Each semester, we host the Biological Sciences Seminar Series sponsored in part by the Orrin Foster Lecture Fund. We invite you to attend our events in-person this semester.

Fall 2022 Seminar Series

Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) 215, UB North Campus

September 8, 2022
Dr. Georg Jander, Cornell, Boyce Thompson Institute, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Glucosinolates and Cardiac Glycosides”

September 15, 2022
Dr. Derek Daniels, Professor and Chair, UB Biological Sciences,  “Separate but overlapping glucagon-like peptide-1 circuits that control feeding and drinking"

September 22, 2022
Dr. David Heppner, UB Chemistry,  “Overcoming drug resistance in EGFR mutant cancer: Molecular insights for modern drug design”

October 6, 2022
Graduate Research Showcase
-Beatriz Gonzales, 
“Regulation of Cdc42 Protein Levels Impacts a Cell Differentiation Program in Yeast”
-Emily Carroll, “Sterol cleaving enzyme identified in the foxglove plant”

October 13, 2022
Dr. David Shechner,
 University of Washington, “Meet the neighbors: A universal technology for probing RNA-interactions and RNA-scaffolded subcellular compartments in situ”

October 20, 2022
Dr. Xiuqian Mu,
UB JSMBS, “Genetic and epigenetic control of retinal cell differentiation”

October 27, 2022
Dr. Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen,
UB Chemistry, “Ceramide-1-phosphate regulates cellular senescence”

November 3, 2022
Dr. Nicole Martinez,
Stanford, “Uncovering new functions of RNA modifications in mRNA processing”

November 10, 2022
Dr. Stephanie Gupton,
UNC, “Coordinating Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Membrane Remodeling in Neuronal Morphogenesis”

November 17, 2022
Dr. Sarah Walker,
UB Biological Sciences, “Translational control of gene expression: Unexpected mechanisms and consequences of eIF4 factor regulation”

December 1, 2022
Dr. Dave Toczyski,
UCSF, “Regulation of the cell cycle and metabolism by the ubiquitin pathway (and visa versa)”

December 8, 2022
Dr. Adam Session,
SUNY-Binghamton, “K-mer identification of allopolyploid subgenomes”


Fall 2022 Series Poster

Spring 2022 Seminar Series

Thursdays, at 4:00 p.m.
*Location: 228 Natural Sciences Complex and/or via Zoom as listed.

February 10, 2022 (Zoom)
Tanja A Godenschwege, PhD,
Florida Atlantic University
Attraction: A link between metabolism, behavior, and neurodegeneration
Hosted by Dr. Shermali Gunawardena.

February, 17, 2022 (In-person & Zoom)
Dae-Kyum Kim, PhD,
Roswell Park Cancer Center
Environment-dependent binary protein interactome of a cell
Hosted by Dr. Jae Lee.

February 24, 2022 (In-person & Zoom)
Graduate Student Research Showcase
Crystal Tomlin (Lindqvist), Genomic insights into rapid speciation within the world’s largest tree genus
and Petar Pajic (Gokcumen), A novel mechanism of gene evolution
Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences. 

March 3, 2022  (In-person & Zoom)
Naoki Masuda, PhD,
UB Mathematics
Gene network analysis: Revealing adaptive structural variants and quantifying omnigenic models
Hosted by Dr. Sarah Walker.

March 10, 2022  (Zoom)
Robert Last, PhD,
Michigan State University
The tip of the trichome: Evolution of metabolic diversity in tomato and its relatives
Hosted by Dr. Zhen Wang.

March 31, 2022 (In-person & Zoom)
Derek Daniels,
PhD, UB Biological Sciences
Glucagon-like peptide-1 and the control of thirst and salt appetite
Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences.  

April 7, 2022  (Zoom)
Adam Frankel, PhD,
The University of British Columbia
Methylarginine formation and metabolism in baker’s yeast
Hosted by Dr. Michael Yu.

April 21, 2022  (Zoom)
Lorenz Hauser, PhD,
University of Washington
Evolution at the rear edge of distribution shifts in marine fishes: Implications for adaptation to climate change
Hosted by Dr. Trevor Krabbenhoft.

April 28, 2022  (Zoom)
Mattias Jakobsson, PhD,
Upssala University
Archaic and modern humans in Island Southeast Asia
Hosted by Dr. Omer Gokcumen.

May 5, 2022  (In-person & Zoom)
New Frontiers Distinguished Speaker
Harmit Malik,  PhD,
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Genetic conflicts shape meiosis, centromeres, and species
Hosted by Dr. Chelsie Armbruster.

May 12, 2022  (Zoom)
Claudio De Virgilio, PhD, University of Fribourg
Metabolic Control of TORC1
Hosted by Dr. Paul Cullen.

-Events are subject to change.
-Seminars held in-person are also streamed via Zoom. Selected seminars are held via Zoom, only.
-UB community members: log in for Zoom details here.
-Community-at-large: to access the seminars please contact Dr. Laura Rusche,


Spring Seminars 2022.

Past Events

Fall 2021 Seminar Series

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


Spring 2021 Online Seminar Series

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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