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2014-15 Seminars

  • 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
  • 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.

    Background
    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.