Spring 2010 Seminar Series

Department of Biological Sciences

All seminars are at 3:00 p.m. in Pappert Lecture Hall, Bayer Learning Center (unless otherwise noted*). Refreshments are served at 2:30 p.m. outside 202 Mellon Hall.

January 15, 2010
Dr. William Costerton, Director of Biofilm Research, Allegheny-Singer Research Institute, Allegheny General Hospital
“Microbial Biofilms in Nature and Disease”

January 22, 2010
Dr. Panayiotis “Takis” Benos, Department of Computational Biology, University of Pittsburgh
“The Non-coding DNA Strikes Back.” (Subtitle: “DNA Motifs, MicroRNA Genes and Regulatory Networks”

January 29, 2010
Dr. Sidney M. Morris, Jr., Dept of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
“The Arginases in Roles That Hans Krebs Never Dreamed Of”

February 5, 2010
Dr. Lawrence P. Kane, Department of Immunology, University of Pittsburgh
“Regulation of NF-kappaB Activation during T Cell Activation”   

*Thursday, February 11, 2010: Darwin Day Seminar—CANCELLED, to be rescheduled
Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
“Influenza: The Evolution of a Pandemic”

February 12, 2010

February 19, 2010
Dr. Gerald F. Gebhart, Center for Pain Research, University of Pittsburgh
“Visceral Pain and Hypersensitivity”

February 26, 2010

March 5, 2010
Spring Break – NO SEMINAR

March 12, 2010
Dr. Kim C. Williamson, NIH/NIAID
“Plasmodium falciparum gametocytogenesis: The first step toward malaria transmission”

March 19, 2010
Duquesne University Ph.D. Students:

Allen Kotun:“ Unraveling the Mystery of FtsZ-Ring Formation and Localization During Aerial Filament Development of Streptomyces coelicolor"

Shrabani Basu: “Over Expression, Purification & Characterization of Respiratory Arsenate Reductase (ArrAB) from Alkalilimnicola ehrlichii strain MLHE-1”

March 26, 2010
Dr. Mathew Grober, Department of Biology, Georgia State University
“The Evolution and Development of Vertebrate Sexual Plasticity”

April 9, 2010
Dr. Saumendra N. Sarkar, Dept. of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Hillman Cancer Center, UPCI
“Innate Immune Signaling Pathways Engaged by Viruses & Double-stranded RNA”

April 16, 2010
Dr. Michael Palladino, Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (PIND), University of Pittsburgh SOM
“Modeling Complex Neurological Diseases in Drosophila”

April 23, 2010
Dr. Jon-Paul Bingham, Department of Molecular Biosciences & Bioengineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
“Life Saving Drugs from Killer Slugs”