Spring 2019 Microbiology Seminar Series

Tuesday/Thursday, 11:30am, 222 Morrill Science Center II
Coordinator: Yasu Morita, 545-4604

Next Steps in Understanding and Controlling Foodborne Viruses

Matthew Moore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Food Sciences, UMass Amherst
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:30am

Host: Yasu Morita

Protein Nanowires: Interspecies Electrical Communication and a Sustainable Electronic Material with Novel Energy Harvesting and Biomedical Applications

David Walker, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow, UMass Amherst
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:30am

The Role of a Viral RNase and Host RNA Processing in Influenza A Virus Takeover of Infected Cells

Marta Gaglia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:30am

Host: Mandy Muller

Fungal Redox Enzymes Involved in the Degradation of Plant Cell Wall Polysaccharides -Auxiliary Activities Family 9 and 12 Enzymes

Makoto Yoshida, Ph.D.
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:30am

Host: Barry Goodell

Investigating the Early Earth through Comparative Biology: Case Studies from the Chloroflexi

Lewis Ward, Ph.D.
Agouron Institute Fellow, Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:30am

Revealing the Hidden Lifestyle of an Ultra-Small Bacteria TM7

Batbileg Bor, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, The Forsyth Institute, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:30am

Master Microbial Manipulators: How Bacteria Shape Host and Microbial Biology

Tera Levin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:30am

Ancient Molecules in Modern Agriculture: Pleiotropic Consequences of Hopanoid Loss on a Legume-Rhizobia Symbiosis

Brittany Belin, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher, California Institute of Technology
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 11:30am

Evolving Together and Apart: New Tools and Perspectives on Symbiotic Rhizobia

Liana Burghardt, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Researcher, Plant & Microbial Biology, University of Minnesota
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:30am

Synthesis of Membrane Lipids in Archaea

Paula V. Welander, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Earth System Science, Stanford University
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 11:30am

Host: Jim Holden

Diet-Manipulation of the Microbiome to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Ana Luisa Maldonado-Contreras, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Physiological Systems, UMass Medical School
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:30am

Host: Kristen DeAngelis

Sensing More than a Quorum: The Role of Pheromones in the Light-Organ Symbiont Vibrio fischeri

Eric Stabb, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology, University of Georgia
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:30am

Host: Yasu Morita

Combating Antibiotic Resistance: Lex Marks the Spot

Rahul Kohli, M.D. & Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:30am

Host: Steven Van Alstine/MGSG

Microbial Symbiosis in Boring Clams: Sulphur Oxidation, Methanotrophy and Lignocellulose Carbon Cycling

Reuben Shipway, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, UMass
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:30am

Bacterial cGAS-like Enzymes at the Host-Pathogen Interface

Aaron Whiteley, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:30am

Note: This seminar will take place in Skinner 12