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Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar Series

This seminar series offers graduate students in Biology an opportunity to communicate their proposed research or research findings in progress in a setting not unlike thesis assessment and defence presentations, and conference platform presentations. Individual student seminars are followed by question/answer or discussion sessions. Students attending the seminars provide written comments to the presenter regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the seminar content and form. The coordinator will discuss the seminar with the student either after the talk or in an office appointment.  The discussion will focus on effective aspects of the presentation, and strategies for strengthening other aspects of the seminar.

Guests welcome.


April 22

Gigi Allam (Supervisor Dr. Abdelali Hannoufa) will present a talk entitled "Investigating the Role of the miR156/ SPL Network in Aluminum Stress Response in Medicago sativa L.".

Sandra Grahovac-Nemeth (Supervisor Dr. Robert Cumming) will present a talk entitled "Characterization of metabolic dysfunction in a mouse model of Alzheimer's Disease using MALDI-TOF Imaging".

Join us Thurs. Apr. 15, 12:30 PM EST via ZOOM at https://westernuniversity.zoom.us/j/97886907303


The Western on campus seminars are cancelled until further notice.


*This seminar series represents Part 2 (Communication) of Bio 9100/9150. Although an occasional absence may be understandable, seminar attendance is mandatory.  Absence without a good reason will result in a grade of “Unsatisfactory” for this course in this semester, with implications for withdrawal from the graduate program.

Instructions for Graduate Students have been provided.

You may contact Robert Cumming for further information.

Past Seminars

April 15

Sufyan Tahir (Supervisor Dr. Lining Tian) will present a talk entitled "Investigating the relationship of HD2 family histone deacetylases in plant growth and response to drought stress in Arabidopsis thaliana".

Shabman Shamriz (Supervisor Dr. Rima Menassa) will present a talk entitled "Developing plant-produced vaccine candidates against Salmonella infection in chicken".


April 8

Sebastian Heine (Supervisor Dr. Amanda Moehring) will present a talk entitled "Aggression behaviours of pC1 hyperactivated Drosophila melanogaster females".

Jolaine Smith (Supervisor Dr. Alexander Timoshenko) will present a talk entitled "The effects of recombinant galectins on neutrophilic differentiation and O-GlcNAc homeostasis of HL-60 cells".


April 1

Vida Nasrollahi (Supervisor Dr. Abdelali Hannoufa) will present a talk entitled "Investigating the Role of SPL12 in Root Architecture and Stress Response in Medicago sativa (alfalfa)".


March 25

Aimaiti Aikeremu (Supervisor Dr. Jim Karagiannis) will present a talk entitled "The role of the SAGA complex HAT module in preventing LatA induced cytokinesis failure in fission yeast".

Donovan McDonald (Supervisor Dr. Martin Duennwald) will present a talk entitled "A yeast model of mistranslation: investigating mistranslation in neurodegenerative disease.".


March 18

Matei Dan-Dobre (Supervisor Dr. Abdelali Hannoufa) will present a talk entitled "Characterization of the SPL4 Role in Drought Response and Trichome Development in Alfalfa".

Xin Xie (Supervisor Dr. Yuhai Cui) will present a talk entitled "Epigenetic Regulation of the Plant Response to Nitrogen Availability".


March 11

Kaitlyn Ludba (Supervisor Dr. Cameron Donly) will present her talk entitled "Effects of plant transformation strategy and resulting dsRNA localization on orally delivered RNA interference in insects".

Petar Miletic (Supervisor Dr. Krzysztof Szczyglowski) will present his talk entitled "Engineering cis-regulatory alleles at the Lotus japonicus HAR1 locus for improved plant performance".


March 4

Adam McTague (Supervisor Dr. Alexander Timoshenko) will present his talk entitled "The roles of galectins and O-GlcNAc on neutrophilic differentiation of HL-60 cells".

Jordan VanderBurgt (Supervisor Dr. Rima Menassa) will present his talk entitled "Production of self-assembling protein nanocages and virus-like particles displaying PRRSV epitopes in Nicotiana benthamiana".


February 25

Daniel Olteanu (Supervisor Dr. Kathleen Hill) will present his talk entitled "Rapid emergent species classification using genomic signatures".


February 18

Wes Robinson (Supervisor Dr. Ann Simon) will present his talk entitled "Characterizing the neural influences on Drosophila melanogaster social spacing".

Hanna Varonina (Supervisor Dr. Grbic) will present her talk entitled "Establishment of a pesticide resistance monitoring tool for the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae".