News and Events


May 6-13, 2016 * Biology | MBBC | Neuroscience *

(Theses with Biology faculty thesis advisers) 

Friday, May 6 – MBH 220 @ 12:30pm (lunch available at 12:15pm)

John J. Desmarais, MBBC    “Designing a Biosensor for Lyme Borreliosis Using Toehold Riboswitches”

Carter Merenstein, MBBC “The deer-tick microbiome and implications for disease”

Monday, May 9 – MBH 216 @ 12:30pm (lunch available at 12:15pm)

Lauren Bougioukas, MBBC  “The Effect of Glycation on Cytochrome c's Ability to Induce Apoptosis”

Alison Cook, MBBC               “Using Next-Generation Sequencing to Profile Chromatin Heterogeneity in Virulent Yeast”

Tuesday, May 10 – MBH 220 @ 12:30pm (lunch available at 12:15pm)

Reshma Gogineni, NSCI       “Morality of Neuroscientific Reductionism: Predicting Problem Populations?"  

Wednesday, May 11 – MBH 220 @ 12:30pm (lunch available at 12:15pm)

Samantha Horn, MBBC                    “Characterization of RNF212 Protein Interactions during DNA Recombination “

Ethan Churchill Strayer, BIOL          “The Expression and Characterization of FN3KRP: a deglycating enzyme”

Thursday, May 12 – MBH 220 @ 12:30pm (lunch available at 12:15pm)

Erin Miller, NSCI                    “The Effects of Age and Testosterone on Spatial Memory and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor“

Luc Pomerance, MBBC        "Effects of Optogenetic Vesicle Acidification on Neurotransmitter Release"

Friday, May 13 – MBH 220 @ 12:30pm (lunch available at 12:15pm)

Annie Taylor, BIOL    “The aftermath of California's historic drought: mapping pine mortality and recovery on the Channel Islands.”

Vera Chan, BIOL        “Is buckwheat an effective cover crop?: Effects on soil nutrients, mycorrhizal populations, and subsequent crop yields”

 Sponsored by the Department of Biology, Program in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, and Program in Neuroscience


All talks begin at 12:30pm unless otherwise noted.
Lunch is available at 12:15pm.

FALL 2015:

Oct. 2, 2015 (MBH 220):
Karen Hinkle, Norwich University:
"The Beauty of Molecular Switches: Functional Implications for Newly Identified Phosphorylation Sites in Src Family Kinases"

Oct. 9, 2015 (MBH 220):
Glen Ernstrom, Biology Department & Neuroscience Program, Middlebury College:
"Regulation of neurotransmitter release by the acidification of synaptic vesicles."

Oct. 29-30, 2015 (MBH 216):
Richard S. Ostfeld, Senior Scientist for the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies:

Thurs, 10/29:  General talk at 4:30pm: 
Conventional Wisdom and Reality in the Ecology of Lyme Disease  (refreshments)

Friday, 10/30:  Science talk at 12:30pm:  The Ecology of Pathogen Amplification in Communities of Tick Hosts  (lunch at 12:15pm)


Nov. 6, 2015 (MBH 220):
Leif Richardson,  Gund Institute, UVM:
Chemical ecology of multispecies mutualisms: implications for plants, bees and agriculture

Nov. 13, 2015 (MBH 220):
Robert Haney, Post-doctoral Researcher; University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Department of Biological Sciences 
"Spider venom: new technologies yield insights into an ancient predatory adaptation"

Dec. 11, 2015 (MBH 220):
Thesis Presentation by Hayden Shea, Biology 2015.5
"Testing the Limits of Species Distribution Modeling for Conservation Planning: A Case Study of the Brown Bog Sedge in New York State"
(Lunch available 12:15pm.)

SPRING 2016:

All talks begin at 12:30pm unless otherwise noted.
Lunch is available at 12:15pm.

Mar. 3-4, 2016, 12:30pm:
Danielle Harlow, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Biology Class of '88 Speaker

Mar. 3 @ 4:30p (MBH 216): General Audience Talk - "Lessons in glial biology: from the bench to clinical trials"

Mar. 4 @ 12:30p (MBH 220): Science Talk - "The Role of B Cells in the Pathophysiology of Multiple Sclerosis"

Mar. 11, 2016, 12:30pm (MBH 220):
Charlie Bettigole ('05) & Kris Covey, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies:
"Seeing the Forest for the Trees: Mapping Tree Density at the Global Scale"

Mar. 18, 2016, 12:30pm (MBH 220):
David Miller, Vanderbilt University: 
"Stop and Go Signals for Remodeling the Nervous System"

April 8, 2016, 12:30pm (MBH 220):
Melissa Glenn, Colby College:

"A Beautiful Mind: The Neuroprotective Properties of Dietary Choline"

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