Spring 2021 Seminar Series

Duquesne University | Department of Biological Sciences

Time and Place

Spring 2021 seminars will be online only.
2:00 p.m., Fridays


January 22, 2021

Brandon Hoenig
Duquesne University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Molecules, Mayflies, and Migratory Songbirds: Using laboratory techniques to understand the diet and development of nestling Louisiana waterthrush"


January 29, 2021

Kenzie Pereira
Duquesne University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Salamander immune defenses against microbial pathogens & immunomodulatory effects of stress"

Brooke Deal
Duquesne University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Pain and Sex"


February 11, 2021
7:00pm

Darwin Day Talk:
Dr. Michael Worobey

University of Arizona
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
"Trees and Disease: Evolutionary insights into viral pandemics"

Note special date and time. Zoom link will be provided.


February 12, 2021

Data Blitz
Department of Biological Sciences
Duquesne University

Kyle Emerson (Woodley Lab)
Victoria Hratch (Patton-Vogt Lab)
Jessica Packard (Dembowski Lab)
Anna Vietmeier (Trun Lab)
Bethann Wilson (Stolz Lab)


February 19, 2021

Dr. Molly Duman Scheel
Indiana University School of Medicine
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Notre Dame University
"RNAi applications for biorational control of disease vector mosquitoes"


February 26, 2021

Dr. Anne Burrows
Duquesne University
Physical Therapy Department
"The Evolutionary sotry of the human face"


March 5, 2021

Dr. Michael Romero
Tufts University
Department of Biology
"Scared, Cold, and Hungry: Stress from the Arctic to the Equator"


March 12, 2021

Dr. Louisa Hiller
Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Dancing on the Edge: How the Pneumococcus Adapts to Stress during Infection"


March 19, 2021

Dr. John A. Pollock
Duquesne University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Pain, educating and stories"


March 26, 2021

Dr. Tina Lee
Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Mechanism and regulation of ER membrane fusion by a large GTPase"


April 9, 2021

Dr. Kristof Koch
Allen Institute for Brain Science
"The Feeling of Life Itself: Why consciousness is widespread but can't be computed"


April 16, 2021

Undergraduate Honors Thesis presentations

Lauren Cocozza: Analysis of glycine receptor mutation K6C in open state using crosslinking mass spectrometry

Olivia Babyok: Analysis of pain-modulating neuropeptides in the central amygdala

Laura Reynolds: Sex differences in the infiltration of immune cells in a chronic nerve injury in rats identified with theranostic nanoemulsions


April 23, 2021

Undergraduate Honors Thesis presentations

Sumer Jasmine: Auxotrophic complementation in Asaia bogorensis to ensure plasmid stability in paratransgenic field strains

Raahi Modi: Expression of semenogelin 1 in humans and chimpanzees to study molecular evolution of reproductive proteins