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2021-2022 Biology Seminars

Friday, September 24 (12:30 PM - 1:20 PM)

Summer Research Student Presentations

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220

Tinglin Shi and Thomas Khodadad (Spritzer lab)

Dose dependent effect of dihydrotestosterone on spatial memory in adult male rats

Daphne Halley (Pask lab)

A Hairy Situation: An SEM investigation of Chemosensory Sensilla in Fireflies and Ants

Jenny Pushner (Spatafora lab

Investigating a Protein Interaction in Streptococcus mutans

Tina Cai (Moody lab

Determining levels of phosphorus in aquatic invertebrates

Friday, October 8 (12:30 PM - 1:20 PM)

Summer Research Student Presentations

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220

Ben Morris and Aiden Masters (Pask lab)

Frankenflies: Decoding Ant Olfactory Receptors Using Transgenic Fruit Flies

Olivia Olson (Mychajliw lab)

A Zooarchaeological Study of Sea Mink (Neovison macrodon) in Maine

Emily Bulczynski (Spatafora lab)

ChIPping away at identifying SloR binding sites throughout the S. mutans genome

Malia Armstrong (Moody lab)

Are our data fibbing? Data visualization of Fecal Indicator Bacteria (FIBs) through Shiny

Friday, October 15 (12:30 PM - 1:20 PM)
Kaela Singleton, Emory University

Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms in Neural Development and Neurodevelopmental disorders

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 216

Person doing paperwork in labBiography

Dr. Kaela S. Singleton is a Black multiracial Queer woman born in Texas and raised in Grayson, Georgia. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in neuroscience and classical history from Agnes Scott College in 2014 and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown University in May 2020. She is currently working as a postdoc in the Faundez lab at Emory University as well as an adjunct professor in biology at Agnes Scott College. She is a NIH BP-ENDURE alum, NINDS D-SPAN Scholar, and IRACDA FIRST Fellow, among other distinctions.

Though Kaela is early in her career, she has already made a tremendous impact on the fields of cellular and developmental neuroscience. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and professional development, and has been invited to speak at several institutions including Columbia University, Tulane Brain Institute, and Georgia State University. She has also used her voice to speak on numerous panels including ones sponsored by NINDS, NeuroMatch Conference, and National Academy of Science, Medicine and Engineering.

Kaela is the President-Elect and Co-Founder for Black In Neuro, an international organization becoming a non-profit that focuses on celebrating Black scholars in neuro-related fields. Through social media and public outreach, Kaela hopes to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, representation, and accountability (DEI & RA) within the scientific community. Most recently, Kaela and her Black In Neuro colleagues published a letter in Nature Reviews Neuroscience titled ‘An open letter to past, current and future mentors of Black neuroscientists’ with the goal of encouraging and advising future mentors how to most effectively mentor Black researchers.

When Kaela is not engaged in cellular neuroscience or her community service and mentoring efforts, she can be found cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs, listening to pop-punk music, or being the Beyonce of Neuroscience on Twitter.


Dr. Kaela S. Singleton’s research interests are driven by three key questions: How are mature, unique neurons generated and maintained in the brain? How do pathologic mechanisms disrupt molecular and cellular events during neuron generation and development? And why do rare genetic diseases preponderantly affect the nervous system of children? During her seminar she will address these questions by focusing on both her predoctoral and postdoctoral research. As a graduate student Dr. Singleton defined the role of Sox11, a prominent transcription factor in mammalian and non-mammalian neural development, using RNA-sequencing and protein mapping both in vivo and in vitro. Her postdoctoral research addresses the molecular and cellular events disrupted in Menkes disease, a progressive form of childhood neurodegeneration that is triggered by dysregulation of copper. She is investigating mitochondria integrity in Menkes disease using mouse and Drosophila models in order to shed light on how the brain protects itself from but also becomes susceptible to copper. Collectively, Dr. Singleton aims to use her training in cellular and molecular neuroscience as well as pedagogy and mentorship to understand on how neurons and future generations of scientists develop into mature, unique individuals.


Wednesday, October 27 (12:30 PM - 1:20 PM)
Jessica Corman, University of Nebraska

Nutrient cycling in flowing waters: Are grassland rivers pipes or reactors?

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 216


Dr. Corman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A limnologist, ecosystem ecologist, and biogeochemist, Dr. Corman combines insights from manipulative experiments and long-term ecological datasets to understand aquatic ecosystem processes. Dr. Corman's research is funded by the National Science Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust. She received her PhD from Arizona State University and her BS from Cornell University.

About the lecture

Rivers cut across the agrarian landscape of the midwest, but are often an afterthought in terms of their influence on nutrient cycling. In this talk, I will present research on the biological and biogeochemical activity of the Niobrara River, a tributary of the Missouri River, and how these findings influence our understanding of global nitrogen and phosphorus cycles.

Friday, December 3 (12:30 PM - 1:20 PM)
Siobhan Cooke, Johns Hopkins University - Title TBA

McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220


Department of Biology

McCardell Bicentennial Hall
276 Bicentennial Way
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753