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Biology Seminar Series

Biology – the science of life – is an excitingly diverse and multifaceted area of research. The Department of Biology’s seminar series provides the opportunity for Laurier community to be exposed to new ideas and discoveries from across the spectrum of biological research, and to engage in conversation and collaboration.

All graduate and senior honours Biology students are expected to attend the seminar series.

2017/18 Schedule

All seminars take place at the same time and place unless otherwise indicated.

  • When: Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Where: Bricker Academic Building, room BA202

Join us after each seminar at Veritas for refreshments and continued interaction.

Fall 2017

  • Sept. 15, 2017: Integrative Biology Talks. Join us for an engaging discussion on what Integrative Biology is, as seen by our graduate students!
  • Sept. 22, 2017: Ontario Universities Fair.
  • Sept. 29, 2017: Anne Simon, PhD, Western University. Topic: Genetics of social behaviour: what can we learn from the fly space bubble.
  • Oct. 6, 2017: Wade Abbott, PhD, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Topic: Streamlining the discovery of new enzymes from the microbiomes of livestock.
  • Oct. 13, 2017: Reading Week.
  • Oct. 20, 2017: BI499‡ Thesis Proposals.
  • Oct. 27, 2017: Kateri Salk, PhD, University of Waterloo. Topic: Biogeochemical drivers of harmful algal blooms across lake systems.
  • Nov. 3, 2017: Barb Katzenback, PhD, University of Waterloo. Topic: Elucidating the contribution of frog skin epithelial cells to innate antiviral responses using novel Xenopus laevis cell lines.
  • Nov. 10, 2017: Amila De Silva, PhD, Environment Canada.Topic: Ice cold: Accumulation of organofluorine and organophosphate contaminants in Canada’s High Arctic. Note: Joint seminar with Chemistry, with a start time at 3:30 p.m. instead of 2:30 p.m.).
  • Nov. 17, 2017: Graduate Student Presentations.
  • Nov. 24, 2017: Nguyen (Nathan) Vo, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University. Topic: The sine qua non of anamniote invitromes today and tomorrow: from discovering ranaviruses' cellular receptors to delineating radiation risks on aquatic health.
  • Dec. 1, 2017: Hector Riveros-Rosas, PhD, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Topic: TBD.

Winter 2018

  • Jan. 12, 2018: Sapna Sharma, PhD, York University. Topic: On thin ice: are lakes feeling the heat?
  • Jan. 19, 2018: Catherine Dieleman, PhD, University of Guelph. Topic: TBD.
  • Jan. 26, 2018: Hugh Broders, PhD, University of Waterloo. Topic: Social and population biology of temperate bats.
  • Feb. 2, 2018: Peter Kotanen, PhD, University of Toronto-Mississauga. Topic: Invasive Species.
  • Feb. 9, 2018: Lesley MacNeil, PhD, McMaster University. Topic: TBD.
  • Feb. 23, 2018: Reading Week.
  • March 2, 2018: Richelle Mader-Monaghan, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus. Topic: TBD.
  • March 9, 2018: Douglas Deutschman, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University. Topic: TBD.
  • March 23, 2018: BI499‡ Posters.

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