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Virginia Tech Life Science Seminars


The Virginia Tech Life Science Seminars (VTLSS) is a university wide seminar series funded by the Fralin Life Science Institute.

The seminars run throughout the Spring and Fall semesters and take place on Fridays at 12.20pm in the Virginia Bioinformatics Conference Center (room 145).  These seminars are open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff.  You are not required to be in life sciences to attend; if a subject matter is of interest to you, we welcome your participation.  We also extend an invitation to join the speaker after the talk over a free lunch, to continue the discussion in a more informal setting.  Lunch places are limited so please email the host to sign up.  Don’t forget to add the seminar dates to your schedules. We look forward to seeing you!

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Seminar Schedule

Date Name of Speaker Title Contact Information Host
08/28/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Chuan Xiao VTLSS: Dr. Chuan Xiao, "The Magic of Cryo-EM: from Tiny to Gigantic" Dr. Carla Finkielstein
09/04/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Ken Nealson VTLSS: Dr. Ken Nealson, "Electric bacteria and extracellular electron transport (EET): a 'new' metabolic wrinkle" Dr. Biswarup Mukhopadhyay
09/11/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Ziaur Rahman VTLSS: Dr. Ziaur Rahman, Penn State College of Medicine, "Spontaneous development of the germinal centers and lupus-like autoimmunity" Dr. X. Luo
09/18/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Grant McFadden VTLSS: Dr. Grant McFadden, "The Curious Road from Poxvirus Tropism to Oncolytic Virotherapy" Dr. X.J. Meng
09/25/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Horacio De la Iglesia VTLSS: Dr. Horacio De la Iglesia, "To sleep or not to sleep: Why, how and when" Dr. Carla Finkielstein
10/02/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Ana Fernandez-Sesma VTLSS: Dr. Ana Fernandez-Sesma, "Immune modulation mechanisms of dengue virus" Dr. Carla Finkielstein
10/09/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Cristian Danna VTLSS: Dr. Cristian Danna, "A scorched earth strategy to keep most microbes at bay" Dr. Pilot
10/16/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Michael Strand VTLSS: Dr. Michael Strand, "Mosquito-microbiome interactions: impacts on growth and reproduction" Dr. J. Zhu
10/23/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. George Carman VTLSS: Dr. George Carman, "Physiological functions and regulation of phosphatidate phosphatase in lipid metabolism" Dr. X. Wang
10/30/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Damien Coudreuse VTLSS: Dr. Damien Coudreuse, "Beyond Complexity: Insights from Simplifying the Cell Cycle in Fission Yeast" Dr. John Tyson
11/06/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Erich Grotewold VTLSS: Dr. Erich Grotewold, "Transcription in color: Combinatorial gene regulation modulated by small molecules" Dr. B. Winkel and Dr. J. Westwood
11/13/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Giovanni Bosco VTLSS: Dr. Giovanni Bosco, "Condensins and mechanical forces that shape the 3D genome" Dr. I. Sharakhov
11/20/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Amita Sehgal VTLSS: Dr. Amita Sehgal, "Control of behavior and physiology by clocks within us" Dr. C. Finkielstein
12/04/2015 - 12:20pm Dr. Jean-Jacques Letesson VTLSS: Dr. Jean-Jacques Letesson, "Once upon a time: Brucella and Erythritol" Dr. C. Caswell