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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. Kurt Schulz ( or Dr. Britt Peterson (

In spring 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 Spring 2021

Date Speaker Affiliation Title or Topic
Feb 1 Brittny Davis Lynn National Cancer Institution/Food & Drug Administration

“Racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer etiology and progression in the U.S. and abroad”

Feb 8 Kathryn McEachern U.S. Geological Survey, Channel Islands Field Station

“Matching restoration tools to rare plant recovery needs in invaded Channel Island landscapes”

Feb 15 Tom Anderson Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

“Timing isn’t everything: the (lack of) importance of variability in phenology in amphibian populations”

Feb 22 Debra Finn Missouri State University

“Multi-scale connectivity and habitat heterogeneity promote diversity in natural stream networks”

Mar 1 David Gorchov Miami University of Ohio

“Interacting impacts of invasive plants and White-tailed deer in eastern U.S. forests, with a focus on Amur honeysuckle”

Mar 8 Andrew Bartlow Los Alamos National Laboratory

“Biosurveillance of zoonotic diseases to promote global health security”

Mar 15 Monika Gulia-Nuss University of Nevada, Reno

“An overview of tick genetics and genomics”

Mar 29 Niranjana Krishnan Iowa State University

“Developing a novel adverse outcome pathway for neonicotinoid insecticides”

Apr 5 Wei Luo Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University

“From germinal center signaling to a universal flu vaccine” 

Apr 12 Brad Jakubison National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute

“ID2 is essential to maintain hematopoietic stem cell quiescence through HIF1α stabilization”

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