Weekly Seminar SeriesDarwin Day seminar

The Department of Biological Sciences hosts a weekly speaker in both the fall and spring semesters. Our speakers come from across the country and their work encompasses a wide variety of biology disciplines.


(Virtual) Darwin Day

DARWIN DAY 2022: Darwin and Disease: The Evolution of new insect-transmitted diseases
Dr. Jason Rasgon, PennState University
Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Live-streamed talk. See link above for recording.

Discovered by Charles Darwin, evolution by natural selection is the central organizing principle of all the biological sciences, from biophysics to ecology. We celebrate Darwin's birth and the importance of his work with yearly seminars and events. Darwin Day seminars and events are free and open to public.

Pittsburgh Bacterial Meeting (PBM 2022)

confocal microscopy image of bacteria

PBM 2022 has been canceled due to the omicron variant of covid.

Every year, the Department of Biological Sciences hosts a one-day meeting to bring together the bacteriology community in the Pittsburgh and tri-state area. While Principal Investigators attend the conference, the focus is on student presentations. Post docs and graduate students present their research in short talks and posters. 

PBM 2023 will be organized and hosted by Dr. Joseph McCormick and Dr. Wook Kim. Funding is generously provided by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and Fisher Scientific. Send inquiries to

Save the date: PBM 2023 will be held on March 4, 2023.

Biological Sciences Annual Retreat

Biological Sciences 2019 retreat

The 2019 Department retreat was held August 23-24, 2019 at Pymatuning Research Station in Linesville, PA. All faculty, graduate students, staff, and trainees (research scientists, post-docs, etc.) were invited to attend. The 2021 retreat was held on campus due to COVID restrictions. In 2022 we hope to be back at Pymatuning!