Seminar Series

The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University invites you to explore the world of biology in through our seminar series each semester.

Fall 2017

All seminars take place Fridays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 1710 Wood Hall, unless otherwise noted.

Jian Yao
Faculty Coordinator
(269) 387-5869

Sept. 15

Dr. Daniel Ducat, Michigan State University
"PhotoSynthetics: Engineering Cyanobacteria to Cooperate with other Microbes and Farmers towards Sustainable Biotechnologies"

Sept. 22

Dr. Sheng Yang He, Michigan State University
"Bacterial pathogenesis in plants: basic principle and environmental and microbiome influences"

Sept. 29

Dr. Tammy Long, Michigan State University
"Modeling in introductory Biology: What practice-based assessment can teach us about student learning"

Oct. 6

Dr. Karsten Melcher, Van Andel Institute
"Epigenetic silencing of plant MYC target genes through Groucho/TLE family corepressors"

Oct. 13

Dr. David Hanson, University of New Mexico
"The importance of leaf cuticles in determining stomatal conductance"

Oct. 20

3 to 4 p.m.
Dr. Daniel Voytas, University of Minnesota
"Editing the Plant Genome"

Oct. 27

Dr. Wendy Beane, Western Michigan University
"Staying in Shape with Planarian Regeneration"

Nov. 3

Dr. Michael Clough, Iowa State University
"Impact of Historical Short Science Stories on Post-Secondary Biology Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science"

Nov. 10

Dr. Hannah Seidel, Eastern Michigan University
"Stem cell quiescence in the Caenorhabditis elegans germline"

Nov. 17

1260 Chemistry Building
3 to 4 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Russell, "Michael K. Bach Distinguished Visiting Lecture," Mayo Clinic
"Integrating oncolytic viruses into immune-based cancer treatment paradigms"

Dec. 1

Dr. Ingo Braasch, Michigan State University
"Fresh insights from old fish: Spotted gar reveals the genomic basis of vertebrate development and evolution and connects human biology with biomedical fish models"

Dec. 8

Dr. Ayub Khan, Zoetis
"Messenger RNA (mRNA): A new class of vaccines"