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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.

Seminars will be held in-person (SE3126) or via Zoom (if indicated), starting at 3:00 PM on Mondays.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Brunkow ( or Dr. Faith Liebl (

Seminars for Spring 2023

Date Speaker Affiliation Title or Topic
Jan  9 -


Course Introduction and Logistics

Jan 16 - -

Martin Luther King Day - NO CLASS

Jan 23 - -

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (BIOL492 only)

Jan 30 Brittney Peterson, Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"Listen to the Gut: the diversity and importance of insect gut bacteria"

Feb 6 Kelsey Krus, M.D./Ph.D. candidate Washinton University St. Louis

"Loss of Stathmin-2, a hallmark of TDP-43-associated ALS, causes motor neuropathy"

Feb 13 Ellen Santos, Ph.D. Department of Applied Health, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

“Chagas disease and dengue in the Americas: climate and ecology”

Feb 20

Morgan Sturgeon, Ph.D. Integrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, IA

“Traditional and Non-Traditional Careers in Biotech Industry”

Feb 27 Sofia Origanti, Ph.D. Department of Biology, St. Louis University

“Fit to translate: 60S ribosomal subunit maturation and disease”

Mar 6 - -

Spring Break - NO CLASS

Mar 13 Allison Newton, M.S. Benson Hill


Mar 20 Paul Brunkow, Ph.D. Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

“Assessing the competitive value of tool use in a forest ant”

Mar 27 Brittany Wright, O.D. University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry TBA
Apr 3 Emily Petruccelli, Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville “Insights from Intoxicated Drosophila
Apr 10 - - MAPS Exam
Apr 17 - - BIOL 492m Student Oral Presentations - All student must attend
Apr 24 - - BIOL 492m Student Poster Presentations - only 492m students
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