Current Biology Seminars

Everyone is encouraged to attend seminars in the Department. Seminars are normally held either in the D'Ambra Auditorium on the 2nd floor of the Life Sciences Building or in room 248A on the 2nd floor of the Biology Building.

  • Tuesday, January 28, 4:00 P.M., D’Ambra Auditorium. Aron Marquitz, RNA Cancer Biology Faculty Candidate, “The key role of Epstein-Barr virus noncoding RNAs in epithelial cell transformation” [Host: Marlene Belfort].
    Chalk talk, Wednesday, 9:30 A.M., LS 1143.
  • Tuesday, February 4, 4:00 P.M., D’Ambra Auditorium. Virginie Olive, RNA Cancer Biology Faculty Candidate. “The two sides of a polycistronic microRNA: from oncogenic to tumor suppressor functions” [Host: Cara Pager].
    Chalk talk, Wednesday, 9:30 A.M., LS 1143.
  • Thursday, February 6, 4:00 P.M., D’Ambra Auditorium. Scott Olejniczak , RNA Cancer Biology Faculty Candidate. “Regulating the regulators: How growth signals govern microRNA biogenesis and function” [Host: Rick Cunningham].
    Chalk talk, Friday, 9:30 A.M., LS 1143
  • Friday, February 7, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Jim Imlay, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. “Molecular Explanations for the Toxicity of Oxygen” [Host: Marlene Belfort].
  • Monday, February 10, 11:00 A.M., LS 1143. Stefania Bellini, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin (Ireland). “Functional investigation of neurodevelopmental effects of DISC1 and related psychotic risk genes” [Host: Annalisa Scimemi].
  • Monday, February 10, 4:00 P.M., D’Ambra Auditorium. Kristina Herbert , RNA Cancer Biology Faculty Candidate. “Regulation of microRNA biogenesis by phosphorylation and ribonucleoprotein complex stoichiometry” [Host: Alan Chen].
    Chalk talk, Tuesday, 9:30 A.M., LS 1143.
  • Thursday, February 13, 4:00 P.M., D’Ambra Auditorium. Ihab Younis , RNA Cancer Biology Faculty Candidate. “A Major Role for the Minor Spliceosome in Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation” [Host: Ben Szaro].
    Chalk talk, Friday, 9:30 A.M., LS 1143.
  • Tuesday, February 25, 4:00 P.M., D’Ambra Auditorium. Alex So , RNA Cancer Biology Faculty Candidate "Role of MicroRNA in Leukemia" [Host: Paul Agris].
    Chalk talk, Wednesday, 9:30 A.M., LS 1143.
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2:30 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. RNA Environmental Biochemist Faculty Candidate: Yang Yu, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. “Minotaur is critical for primary piRNA biogenesis in Drosophila” [Host: RNA Institute]
    Chalk Talk: Wednesday, March 5th at 9:30 AM – LS1143
  • Thursday, March 6, 4:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. RNA Environmental Biochemist Faculty Candidate: Sige Zou, NIH/NIA/IRP. “Uncovering the Multifaceted Nature of Aging and Neurological Disease” [Host: RNA Institute]
    Chalk Talk: Friday, March 7th at 9:30 AM – LS1143
  • Friday, March 7, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Angel Garcia, Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. "Simulations of the folding/unfolding of proteins under different solvent conditions" [Host: Pan Li]
  • Monday, March 10, 4:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. RNA Environmental Biochemist Faculty Candidate: Je-Hyun Yoon, NIH/NIA/IRP. “Long noncoding RNA in Cellular Senescence and Aging” [Host: RNA Institute]
    Chalk Talk: Tuesday, March 11th at 9:30 AM – LS1143
  • Friday March 14, 3:00 P.M. D'Ambra Auditorium. Kouacou Konan, Center for Immunology and Microbial Disease, Albany Medical College. . "The Sphingolipid Biosynthetic Machinery, an Unwilling Accomplice in Hepatitis C Virus Replication." [Host: Cara Pager]
  • Friday, March 28, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Sunney Xie, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University. "Life at the Single Molecule Level: from Single Molecule Enzymology to Single Cell Genomics" [Host: Marlene Belfort/Li Niu]
  • Thursday, April 3, 4:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Germano Cecere, Columbia University Medical Center. "Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation by short RNAs" [Host: RNA Institute]
    Chalk talk: Fri, 9:30 A.M., LS 1143.
  • Friday, April 4, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Camilo Khatchikian, Biology Department, University of Pennsylvania. "Recent population growth and range expansion of Ixodes scapularis in North America" [Host: Ing-Nang Wang]
  • Friday, April 11, 12:35 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Matthew Mitchell, PhD Dissertation Defense: “The Role of Landscape Variation in Shaping the Evolutionary Diversification of Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in a Biodiversity Hotspot”. [Chair: MK Gonder]
  • Friday, April 11, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. April Davis, Rabies Laboratory, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health. "Rabies virus maintenance in bats" [Host: Ing-Nang Wang]
  • Thursday, April 17, 4:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Richard Cardullo, Department of Biology, Unviversity of California, Riverside, "Building and kick-starting the male gamete:  spermatogenesis and motility regulation in insect sperm" [Host: Ben Szaro]
  • Tuesday, April 22, 9:30 A.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Sarah Peters, UAlbany. PhD Dissertation Defense: "Mouse Salivary Gland Development Requires Optimal Substrate Compliance" [Chair: M Larsen]
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2:30 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Shayoni Ray, UAlbany. PhD Dissertation Defense: "Computational Modeling-Driven Study of Signaling Pathways Affecting Cleft Formation during Submandibular Salivary Gland Development" [Chair: M Larsen]
  • Friday, April 25, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Florence Marlow, Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Roles for RNA regulation and feedback amplification in establishment of the oocyte animal-vegetal axis" [Host: Prash Rangan]
  • Friday, May 2, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Lynne Maquat, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Rochester Medical Center. "Making sense of nonsense: mRNA decay and human diseases" [Host: Pan Li]
  • Friday, May 23, 3:00 P.M., D'Ambra Auditorium. Eric Olsen, Department of Neuroscience and Physiology, SUNY Upstate Medical University. "Putting dendrites in their place: the function of Reelin-signaling during early cortical development" [Host: Greg Lnenicka]