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Biological Sciences


The Department of Biological Sciences hosts a series of weekly seminars each spring and fall semester in association with its colloquium courses for undergraduates (BIOL 492 and 492M) and graduate students (BIOL 592). Seminar speakers are usually invited from other universities and research institutions but occasionally the program will include faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences or other units at SIUE. Talks cover a wide range of topics in biology.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminars (and post-seminar discussions with the speaker) will be held via Zoom, starting at 3:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend the seminars.  For information on how to login to the Zoom meeting, please contact Dr. Peter Minchin ( or Dr. Tom Fowler (

In fall 2021, we are holding on-line seminars jointly with Department of Biological Sciences at  the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).  In the schedule below, entries in red font are hosted by SIUE and those in blue font are hosted by Missouri S&T.

Seminars for Fall 2021

Date Speaker Affiliation Title or Topic
Sep 13 Laura Musselman

Binghamton University, State University of New York

“Lipid metabolism and its role in physiology”

Sep 20 Janet Franklin University of California - Riverside

“Forecasting the vulnerability of biodiversity to global change”

Sep 27 Roel Verhaak Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

“Delineating treatment response in glioma”

Oct 4 Nicole Phillips The University of Southern Mississippi

“Gone, but not without a trace: using environmental DNA to study the ecology of threatened species”

Oct 11 Dave Jennings Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

“The gland scheme of things: hormones and the evolution of life-history strategies”

Oct 18 Denise Akob U.S. Geological Survey

“Microbial heroes: working with microbes to solve and respond to anthropogenic impacts”

Oct 25 Lloyd Sumner University of Missouri

“Metabolomics discovery and pathway elucidation”

Nov 1 Stacy Deblasio Robert W. Holley Center

“Affinity purification-mass spectrometry identifies a novel interaction between a plant virus and an immunity protein in its aphid vector that regulates transmission efficiency”

Nov 8 Shahla Farzan St. Louis Public Radio

“Turning science into stories: strategies for communicating your research” 

Nov 15 Daniel Simberloff The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“Managing biological invasions: what's worked, what hasn't, and what might”

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