Seminars Academic Year 2014 – 2015

Experts in all areas of biological sciences are invited to campus to provide a research seminar, meet with faculty and students, and to tour our academic and research facilities.

Biological Sciences, Fall 2015

Place: Monday 3PM WC-130, MMC Campus. Polycom to MSB-105, BBC Campus.

August 24

Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty, FIU

Coral Symbioses And Their Responses To The Surrounding Environment

August 31

Dr. Lidia Kos, FIU

In Search of Fate

September 7

No Seminar Scheduled.

Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 8

Dr. Eric von Wettberg, FIU

Explaining and Conserving Plant Genetic Diversity: From Model Species to Orphan Crops

September 14

Dr. Dee Mills, FIU

Forensic Microbiology – What’s that All About?

September 21

Dr. Steve Oberbauer, FIU

Watering the Rainforest; Testing Controls on Tropical Rainforest Tree Growth

September 21

Dr. Fernando Noreiga, FIU

Juvenile Hormone Synthesis in Insects: The Challenge of Doing Two Different Jobs.

September 28

Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh, Director BSI, FIU

Topoisomerases as “Double-edged Swords” in the Tree of Life

October 5

Dr. Emeline Maillet, Scientific Consultant

Sweet on anti-sweeteners: From Taste to Endocrine Systems

(This seminar has been cancelled)

October 12

DR. Mark Bush, Florida Institute of Technology

Forests and Megafauna in the Ice-Age Amazon-Andes

October 19

Dr. Tim Collins, FIU

Thinking About Confidence in Phylogenies: An Example From the Snails

October 19

Dr. Joel Trexler, FIU

Detecting Early Warning Signs of Ecological Regime Shifts Using Time Series: An Example From the Everglades

October 26

Dr. Jose Dubeux, University of Florida

Forage Legumes in Livestock Production Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

November 2

Dr. Suzanne Koptur, FIU

A Fishing Expedition to Discover the Pollinators of Several Subtropical Apocynaceae

November 2

Dr. Maureen Donnelly, FIU

Amphibian Conservation in the New Century:  Mitigation of Disaster

November 9

Dr. Laurel S. Collins, FIU

Uplift of the Isthmus of Panama

November 9

Dr. Jennifer Richards, FIU

Everglades plant biology:  from the plant to the landscape scale

November 16

Dr. Ivan Baxter, Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center (BSI sponsored seminar)

Ionomics and Genome-wide Association Studies

November 23

Dr. Thomas J. Givnish, University of Wisconsin (UGSRC)

Title TDB

November 30

Dr. Bill Browne, University of Miami

Patterns in Ctenophore Endoderm: Morphology, Function, and Molecules

December 7

No Seminar Scheduled.

Finals Week

Marine Sciences, Fall 2015

Time and place: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm at Biscayne Bay Campus, Room MSB-105 and Modesto Maidique Campus, Room HLS-216, Polycom.

September 2

Dr. Heather Bracken Grissom, FIU

Evolution of Bioluminescence and Light Detection in the Deep Sea

September 16

Dr. Jose Maria Eirin-Lopez, FIU

Environmental Epigenetic Responses in Marine Organisms

September 30

Dr. Piero Gardinali, Dr. Rudolf Jaffe, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, FIU

Assessing Environmental Dynamics of Natural Organic Mater in Aquatic Ecosystems

October 14

Dr. Mike Heithaus, FIU

Assessing the Ecological Importance of Top Predators in Coastal Oceans and Estuaries

November 4

Dr. Ana Tronholm, FIU

I. A Journey from Algal Species Delimitation to Genomics; II. Introduction of ALreG: a new Algae Research Group at Southern Florida.

November 18

Dr. Yuying Zhang, FIU

Impacts of Stock Spatial Structure and Connectivity on the Stock Assessment and Management of  the Caribbean spiny Lobster

December 2

Dr. Kevin Boswell, FIU

Ocean Drones

December 9

Dr. James Fourqurean, FIU

Diving for Science at FIU

Plant Talks 2015

For more information about the Plant Talks Seminars, please click here.

QBIC Confluence Seminars 2015

Like many universities, a large percentage of the biology majors at Florida International University are pre–medical students. As a department, we are committed to training them to the heights of their abilities.

However, in our biology department, we have identified a need for undergraduates to be exposed to subdisciplines in biology that they may not have seen during their K–12 years.

Confluence is a seminar series whose explicit aim is to introduce undergraduates to the lives and work of researchers in the field of biology. We aim not only to introduce students to the latest scientific questions being addressed in the field, but more importantly to talk about when, in the lives of these great men and women, did they decide to pursue the troubling questions of how this world works.

The seminar speakers talk about their work, what inspired them to pursue this work, and how they view a better mankind because of the questions they are trying to answer. Our guests give an hour–long seminar discussing their research to a largely undergraduate audience. Afterward, they give an interview where they talk more deeply about their life and their work. The QBIC program is proud to present these interviews for your viewing pleasure. View more.

Glaser Seminars 2015

Epigenetics & Chromatin
Dates: January 26 – 30, 2015
Time: 12;00 to 1:00 pm
Place; Room WC130 on the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus (MMC), simultaneously broadcast to room MSB105 on the Biscayne Bay Campus (BBC). [Wednesday, January 28 the presentation will be broadcast from BBC to MMC.]

A 30-minute period will be available for discussion following each presentation.

Dr. Steven Henikoff
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Howard Hughes Medical Institute. University of Washington.

Member of the National Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Epigenetics & Chromatin”

Visit Dr. Henikoff laboratory web site.
Visit Dr. Henikoff National Academy of Sciences profile.

For more than a century histone proteins, composed of a polymer known as chromatin, have been studied for their role in the physical organization of chromosomes. More recently interest in this complex has been greatly rekindled by the recognition of chromatin’s role in gene regulation, including acquired traits that are inherited without involving changes in the DNA sequence. In other words, chromatin plays a central role in the configuration and propagation of epigenetic information across generations. The rapid increases in “omic” data and analytical methods have provided new approaches for understanding the interaction between genetic and epigenetic information, adding a layer of complexity in DNA regulation that, while still poorly understood, will clearly be important for understanding how cells adapt to changes in external conditions.
The research of Dr. Steve Henikoff (BS University of Chicago, PhD Harvard University) and his team seeks to understand this elusive relationship between chromatin and epigenetic inheritance. Their work has applied pioneering research approaches combining molecular biology, genetics, evolution and bioinformatics to study the different mechanisms potentially encoding epigenetic information (i.e., histone variants and their chemical modifications, DNA methylation, transcription factor regulatory networks, among others). Among these works, the characterization of the mechanisms governing centromeric chromatin structure and evolution are specially groundbreaking, challenging the classic notion stating that our whole genome, our chromosomes, are filled up with nucleosomes and they’re all octamers. In recent years they have expanded their scope from chromatin structure, dynamics and evolution to interactions with other components of the epigenome including nucleosome remodelers, transcription factors and RNA polymerase II*.

Lecture Topics
Monday, Jan 26: Chromatin dynamics.
Tuesday, Jan 27: Transcription and chromatin.
Wednesday, Jan 28: Centromeric chromatin.
Thursday, Jan 29: Chromatin and cancer.
Friday, Jan 30: Chromatin and centromere evolution.
*From the Henikoff lab web site.

Graduate Defense Seminars 2015