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Seminars in the Department of Biology are typically held weekly or biweekly. The members of the Department invite speakers from other institutions and from within the University to give seminar lectures on their research. In addition, graduate students present their research as part of their degree requirements. Seminars are a valuable time for the members of Biology to come together for socialization and scientific discourse.


Department of Biology Seminar Series

Unless otherwise stated, all seminars begin on Thursdays at 4:15 p.m. in DeGrace 312.

Spring 2016 Seminar Schedule


Name Date Institution Seminar Title Topic Area Host


No seminar









Dr. David Costello





Kent State University

“Redefining ecotoxicology: Including ecological principals into the management of pollutants.”


Ecology toxicology


Dr. Mike Benard


Dr. Fulai Jin







CWRU- Department of Genetics


“The functions and dynamics of 3D genome.”




Dr. Radhika Atit


Dr. Heather Broihier





CWRU – Neurology


Molecular mechanisms directing synapse form and function.”



Neuromuscular junction


Dr. Jessica Fox


Dr. Ken Catania





Vanderbilt University


“The shocking truth about electric eels.”





Dr. Jessica Fox


Dr. Brian Inouye





Florida State University


” Sex, dispersal, and the spread of invasive species”.



CWRU Biology Graduate student-invited seminar.



Dr. Jordan Renna





University of Akron

  “A novel neural circuit in the mammalian retina: Melanopsin ganglion cell dendrites extend into the outer retina.”



Retinal neurobiology


Dr. Jessica Fox


Dr. Brent Sinclair





University of Western Ontario

“Winter is complicated: How overwintering mediates insect responses to a changing world.”


Thermal Physiology/Ectotherms


Dr. Sarah Diamond