Spring 2020 Seminar Series

Duquesne University | Department of Biological Sciences

Time and Place

Unless otherwise noted, seminars will be held at the following time and location:

2:00 p.m. | Maurice Falk Lecture Hall | Mellon Hall


January 17, 2020

Dr. Christopher Maltman
Slippery Rock University
Department of Biology
"Heavy metalloid transformations by bacteria isolated from extreme environments"


January 24, 2020

Dr. Jennifer Gallagher
West Virginia University
Department of Biology
"MCHM, a coal cleaning chemical, alters diverse metabolic pathways in S. cerevisiae"


January 31, 2020

Dr. Matthew Nicotra
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Departments of Surgery and Immunology
"Hydractinia Allorecognition: How a cnidarian distinguishes self from non-self"


February 6, 2020
7:00pm, Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom (Power Center)

Darwin Day Lecture
Dr. May Berenbaum
University of Illinois
Departments of Entomology and Plant Biology
"Unnatural Selection: How humans affect insect evolution without even realizing it"


February 14, 2020

Dr. Louis Calistro Alvarado
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Anthropology
"Male aging and testosterone decline among smaller scale societies"


February 21, 2020

Dr. Miler Lee
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Biological Sciences
"Transcriptional reprogramming in the developing embryo"


March 13, 2020

Dr. Moriah Szpara
PennState University
Departments of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
"The individual human scale of herpes simple virus persistence, and its impacts on viral diversity and evolution"


March 20, 2020

Dr. Joel McManus
Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Unraveling the roles of mRNA 5' UTRs in translation using massively parallel reporter systems and machine learning"


March 27, 2020

Dr. Tim O'Connell
Oklahoma State University
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
"How Do You Lose Three Billion Birds"


April 3, 2020

Dr. Joanne Flynn
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
"Deep dive into tuberculosis: host-pathogen interactions and protection"


April 17, 2020

Duquesne University Undergraduate Senior Thesis Presentations

Hannah Johnstonbaugh: "Expression of semenogelin 1 in humans and chimpanzees to study molecular evolution of reproductive proteins"
Emily Simon: "DNA sequence analysis to support morphological species-level identification of freshwater sponges in western Pennsylvania"


April 24, 2020

Duquesne University Undergraduate Senior Thesis Presentation

Tiana Fleming Hogan: "The Characterization of Spore-Associated Protein A Assembly onto the Streptomyces Spore Surface"

Duquesne University Graduate Student Talk

Collin Kessler: "Diverse regulatory switches that modulate cyclic di-GMP production"