Past Events

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.

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.


Fall 2020 Online Seminar Series

Spring 2020 Events

January 16, 2020
3:30-4:30 PM, Cooke 121
Spring Seminar Series
Dr. Eric Strobel, Northwestern University

“Unraveling Mechanisms of Riboswitch-Mediated Transcription Regulation”

January 20, 2020
3:30-4:30 pm, Cooke 121
Dr. Jelena Erceg, Harvard Medical School
“Functional Regulation and Diploid Genome Architecture in Multicellular Organisms”

Jan 16, 2020
3:30-4:30 PM, Cooke 121
Dr. Eric Strobel, Northwestern University
“Unraveling Mechanisms of Riboswitch-Mediated Transcription Regulation”

January 22, 2020
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Cooke 121
Dr. Mi-Hyeon Jang, Mayo Clinic
Title TBA

January 23, 2020
Biological Sciences Research Symposium
Center for the Arts, Keynote at 4:00pm
Dr. Jenny Tung, Duke University

January 30, 2020
Amanda Larracuente - U of R
Host: Gokcumen

January 30, 2020
Amanda Larracuente - U of R
Host: Gokcumen

February 6, 2020 in NSC 216
Spring Seminar Series
Andrew Capaldi (Arizona) 
"Systems Biology of OTR Signaling and Cell Growth Control"
Host: Cullen

February 13, 2020
Sam Pfaff (Salk)
“Characterization of the cellular and molecular pathways that underlie spinal motor circuit function”

February 27, 2020
Christine Schaner Tooley (UB JSMBs) 
"Neurolgoical Consequences of NRMT1 Loss"

Host: Michael Yu

March 5, 2020
Dr. Ingo Braasch (Michigan State University)
Host: Trevor Krabbenhoft
Host: Soo Lee



December 3, 2019 

Cooke and Hochstetter
Tuesday, 4:00 pm


Poster Celebration.

14th Annual Biological Sciences Research Symposium

January 24, 2019 - Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:10 pm

Join us on Thursday, January 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. in the UB Center for the Arts for the 14th Annual Biological Sciences Research Symposium, presented by the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association and the UB Department of Biological Science.

Join us on Thursday, January 24, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. in the UB Center for the Arts Atrium for the 14th Annual Biological Sciences Research Symposium, presented by the Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association and the UB Department of Biological Sciences, and co-sponsored by the MFA Graduate Student Association.

The keynote address at 4:00 p.m. will be delivered by Dr. Irwin Gelman, Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dissertation Defense: Onta Lin Ph.D. Candidate

Onta Lin, Ph.D. Candidate.

Onta Lin, Ph.D. Candidate

“In search of the adaptive roles of
genomic structural variations (SVs)in human genome”
Advisor: Omer Gokcumen

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Cooke 127B at 8:00 a.m.




Graduate Program Virtual Information Session

Join the University at Buffalo Biological Sciences Department on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 3:00 p.m for a graduate programs virtual information session. The webinar will feature two current graduate students, Nicole Wong and Haniam Maria, who will discuss their experiences as students in the program. We will discuss their research and experience within the department, life as a graduate student, and admissions requirements. This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions of current students in our program, especially as deadlines for the program approach.


December 13, 2018
Thursday at 12:00pm, in 14 Knox Hall, North Campus

Dr. Soo-Kyung Lee, Department of Pediatrics at the Vollum Institute, Oregon Health & Science University.

Lecture title: “What does the FOX say? FOXG1 orchestrates cortico-cortical connections”

The goals of Dr. Lee's lab are to understand the gene regulatory mechanisms that govern generation of diverse neural cell-types with specialized function and connection pattern during central nervous system development and to understand how disruption of these processes leads to various neurodevelopmental disorders in humans. Learn more.

Biology Elevator Talks

September 6, 2018, "Biology Elevator Talks".

September 6, 2018, "Biology Elevator Talks"
Thursday, 4:00 pm in NSC 218
Special event featuring three-minute talks by our graduate students: Haniam Maria, Aditi Prabhakar, T.J. Krzystek, Indu Raghavan, Minakshi Mukherjee, Nicole Wong, Richoo Davis, Chris Rupert, and Marie Saitou. See the event flyer.

Spring 2018 Events

March 22, 10:00am -12:30pm
Rotation Showcase 2018

March 29, 4:00, Seminar
Congressman Brian Higgins: See article in UBNOW

April 15, Deadline
Fellowship Applications

April 19, 4:00, Seminar, 220 NSC
Dr. Nicolas R. Guydosh, NIH NIDDK

April 26, 4:00, Seminar, 220 NSC
Dr. Rong Lee, JHMI, Cell Biology

May 3, 4:00, Seminar, 220 NSC
Dr. Joy Alcedo, WSU, Sensory influence on C. elegans physiology

May 10, 4:00, Seminar, 220 NSC
Dr. Wenjun Zhang, CCHEM, UC Berkley

May 18, Friday, 1:00pm
Graduate Commencement  Center for the Arts, North Campus

May 18, 4:00, Norton 112 (Woldman Theatre)
Biological Sciences Graduate Commencement Celebration

May 19, 2 PM, Student Union Atrium
Undergraduate Honors Symposium
RSVP to Ms. Vickie Searight at 716-645-2525 or

May 19, 6:00 to 8:00pm, Student Union Theater and Atrium
Department of Biological Sciences Undergraduate Convocation
Guest speaker: Dr. Steve Finkelstein
RSVP to Ms. Vickie Searight at 716-645-2525 or

May 20, Sunday, 9:30-11:30am
Undergraduate Commencement Alumni Arena, North Campus

Contact us for further information.
Phone: 716-645-2363

Spring 2018 Seminar Series Poster

Past Events