Spring 2022 Seminar Series

Duquesne University | Department of Biological Sciences

Time and Place

Spring 2022 seminars will be in Maurice Falk Lecture Hall (Mellon Hall), unless otherwise noted.
2:00 p.m., Fridays


January 21, 2022

Dr. Russell Schwartz
Carnegie Mellon University
Computational Biology Department
"Studying cancer through the window of evolutionary biology and evolutionary biology through the window of cancer"


January 28, 2022

Dr. Guido Favia
University of Camerino (Italy)
School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine
"Microbial symbionts for the control of mosquito-borne diseases"


February 4, 2022

Dr. Jaci Billey
University of Pittsburgh
"Repairing the Damaged Heart: From Cell-based strategies to 3D bioprinting of cardiac structures"


February 11, 2022

Dr. Laura Sirot
College of Wooster
Department of Biology
"Of Flies and Men: Adventures in ejaculate research"


February 17, 2022
7:00pm

Darwin Day Talk:
Dr. Jason Rasgon

PennState University
Department of Entomology and Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
"Darwin and Disease: The Evolution of new insect-transmitted diseases"

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


February 18, 2022

PhD Student Data Blitz
Department of Biological Sciences
Duquesne University


February 25, 2022

Dr. Seema Lakdawala
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
"Emerging Respiratory Pandemic Viruses"


March 18, 2022

Dr. Edward Dudley
PennState University
Department of Food Science
"Virulence depends on the company you keep"


March 25, 2022

Dr. James Carr
Texas Tech University
Department of Biological Sciences
"The Frog Visual System as a Target for Neuropeptides Regulating Predator Avoidance/Prey Capture Tradeoffs"


April 1, 2022

Dr. Timothy Colston
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Department of Biology
"The Reptile Microbiome and Its Influence on Host Ecology and Evolution"


April 8, 2022

Bethann Wilson
Duquesne University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Exploring evolution and diversity within the DMSO reductase family"

Kyle Emerson
Duquesne University
Department of Biological Sciences
"Impacts of the environmental microbial species pool on the microbiota-gut-brain axis in larval amphibians"


April 22, 2022

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Presentations

Suzannah Costa
"The Impact of Zinc Pyrithione and Coconut Oil on the Microbes Associated with Dandruff"

Clancy McIntyre
"Characterizing Transglutaminase Activity on the Semenogelin 1 (SEMG1) Protein of Humans and Chimpanzees"

Madison Uhrin
"The Use of Isotropic Fractionation and Flow Cytometry to Study Brain Development in Northern Leopard Frogs (Lithobates pipiens)"


April 29, 2022

Dr. Tamra Mendelson
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Department of Biological Sciences
"Beauty and Speciation in North American Freshwater Fishes"