Current Seminars

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology hosts several seminars each semester featuring on-campus faculty as well as prominent research scientists from other universities and institutions. These seminars are designed to broaden the knowledge of students, faculty and staff in the areas of current research and application of biochemistry and bio-technology.




Date Speaker Title Host
Mon, Aug 20 Reserved for Chair – Laurie Stargell
Mon, Aug 27 Kelly C. Wrighton, Ph.D.
CSU Department of Soil and Crop Science–
“From the deep biosphere to the human gut: tracking microbial methylamine metabolism across ecosystem”


Laurie Stargell
Mon, Sep 3 University Holiday
Mon, Sep 10 Katya Grishchuk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
“Chromosomes on the edge: coupling kinetochores to dynamic microtubule ends” Jake DeLuca, Ph.D.
Mon, Sep 17 Kassandra  Ori-McKenney, Ph.D.
UC Davis
Microtubule Cartography: The Role of Microtubule-Associated Proteins in Lattice Gating” Steven Markus, Ph.D.
Mon, Sep 24 Matthew Taliaferro from University of Denver  

“mRNA Localization: Delivering the Message”

Erin Nishimura, Ph.D.
Mon, Oct 15 Dr. Dileep Varma
Northwestern University
“Mechanisms controlling formation and stabilization of kinetochore-microtubule attachments during mitosis”


Jake DeLuca, Ph.D.
Mon, Oct 22 Dr. Srinivas Ramachandran
CU Anschutz Medical Campus
“Caught in the act: Mapping   chromatin dynamics during transcription and replication” Tingting Yao, Ph.D.
Mon, Oct 29 Steve Foster
Director, Licensing & Business Development
CSU Ventures
“Google, Gatorade, and GPS-
A world transformed by university ideas”
Matthew Saxton
Mon, Nov 5 Greg Hermann, Ph.D from Lewis and Clark College Santiago, Di Pietro, Ph.D.
Mon, Nov 19 Fall Break
Mon, Nov 26 Karine Gousset, Ph.D.
California State University -Fresno
“Microproteonomics and Transcriptomics analyses of laser capture microdissected cell protrusions” Erin Nishimura, Ph.D.
Mon, Dec 3 Dr. Edouard Bertrand – The Institute of Molecular Genetics at Montpellier “Imaging single mRNPs reveals new insights into RNA localization and translation” Tim Stasevich, Ph.D.
Mon, Dec 10 Finals Week


BMB Seminar: Monday January 28, 2019

Dr. Louise Cramer Presents:

Monday January 28th, 2019 at 1:00 PM in MRB 312

“Attractive and Repellent Chemotaxis start with distinct Actin-based Mechanisms”

BMB Seminar Monday, February 25, 2019

Dr. Ramanujan Hegde Presents:

Monday February 25th, 2019 at 10:00 AM in MRB 312

“Molecular basis of membrane protein biogenesis”

BMB Seminar Monday, March 11, 2019

Dr. Alexey Merz Presents:

Monday March 11th, 2019 at 10:00AM in MRB 312

Dr. Alexey Merz

BMB Seminar Monday, March 25, 2019

Ahmet Yildiz Presents:

Monday March 25th, 2019 at 10:00AM in MRB 312

“The Mechanism and Regulation of the Dynein/Dynactin Machinery”

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