Biology Seminar Speaker Series

Spring forward with The Department of Biology for its Spring Semester Seminar Speaker Series. Join us as we host weekly talks over the course of the semester to open up the discussion on topics prevalent to the cutting-edge scientific community. For more information on guest speakers and series schedule please contact You can also download the schedule.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 1:00 pm, Campbell Hall (CH) 301
Dr. Trygve Tollefsbol, Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Seminar Title: “Epigenetics of Aging and Cancer: The Telomerase and Dietary Connection”
Host: UAB Department of Biology

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Malcolm Hill, Department of Biology, University of Richmond
Seminar Title: “Ecological Complexities of Coevolution in Symbiotic Associations on Coral Reefs: How Hosts May Benefit from Their Symbiont’s Deceit”
Host: Dr. Robert Thacker

Wednesday, 4 February 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Veronica Galvan, Department of Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Seminar Title: “TOR Dependent Pathways Controlling Brain Aging and Brain Disease”
Host: Dr. Steven Austad

*Special Event: Darwin Day Celebration*

Carl Zimmer, Author and New York Times Science Journalist
Seminar Title: “Darwin’s Ebola: The Evolution of Deadly Viruses (And Not-So-Deadly Ones)”
Thursday, 12 February, 6:00 pm, McWane Science Center

Dr. Frans de Waal, Department of Psychology, Emory University
Seminar Title: “War and Peace Among The Primates”
Friday, 13 February, 4:00 pm, UAB Hospital -Highlands, Media Center

Wednesday, 25 February 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Scott Hawley, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Seminar Title: “The Synaptonemal Complex: What It Is And What It Does”
Host: Dr. Nicole Riddle

Wednesday, 4 March 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Sang-Wook Park, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
Seminar Title: “Jasmonates and Salicylates – Key Players in Plant (and Human) Health”
Host: Dr. Shahid Mukhtar

Wednesday, 11 March 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Michael Bagnat, Department of Cell Biology, Duke University
Seminar Title: “Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Intestinal Development and Inflammation in Zebrafish”
Host: Dr. Stephen Watts

Wednesday, 18 March 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Tracy Langkilde, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University
Seminar Title: “Responses of Native Lizards to Invasive Predatory Fire Ants: Adaptation at What Cost?”
Host: Dr. Daniel Warner

Wednesday, 1 April 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Greg Lang, Department of Biological Science, Lehigh University
Seminar Title: “Genome Sequence Evolution in Experimental Populations of Yeast”
Host: Dr. Jeffrey Morris

Wednesday, 8 April 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Cole Easson, Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Seminar Title: “Ecology and Evolution of Sponge Microbiomes”
Hosts: Drs. Asim Bej & Robert Thacker

Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 1:00 pm, CH 301
Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University
Seminar Title: “Multilevel Mutualisms on Coral Reefs: Physiology and Ecology of Anemonefish Symbioses”
Host: Mrs. Lauren Fowler