March 9, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series continues with Katelyn Gostic’s talk, "Rational risk assessment of emerging influenza viruses with pandemic potential."
March 9, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series continues with Joseph Heras’ talk, "Genome meets phenome: identifying loci for complex adaptive traits in Pacific marine fishes."
February 23, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series continues with Troy Magney’s talk, "Can we see plant photosynthesis from space? Insights across leaf, tower, airborne, and satellite scales."
Troy Magney is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow in the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He completed his Ph.D. in the Geospatial Laboratory for Environmental Dynamics at the University of Idaho in 2015. He is interested in designing, testing, and deploying instrumentation that will enable improved monitoring of biosphere-atmosphere interactions in space and time. To accomplish this, he collects remote sensing and field data across a range of scales – from the leaf chloroplast, to canopy observation towers, to aircraft sensors, and earth-observing satellites.Read More
February 16, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series continues with Dr. Chris Wheeler’s talk, "Age-related killer T cells in brain malignancy, degeneration, and development."
February 10, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series continues with Gage Crump’s talk, "Using Zebrafish to Model Diseases of the Human Face and Skull."
February 2, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series continues with Susan Piacenza’s talk, "Fathoming Sea Turtles: How to Improve Population Assessments of Unstable Populations."
January 25, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series continues with Sergio Avila’s talk, "From fur to fuzz: protecting northern jaguars while studying monarch butterflies along the US-Mexico borderla
January 19, 2017
The Spring 2017 Biology Seminar Series commences with David W. Scott's talk, "Driving CARs to BARs: The road to engineered human antigen-specific regulatory and cytotoxic T cells."
The specificity of the immune system is powerful and has been harnessed in a novel therapy for cancer, called CARs (for Chimeric Antigen Receptors). Our lab has applied this approach to create regulatory police CARs that stop harmful immune responses in autoimmunity and hemophilia, and we have now driven them to BARs.Read More
November 22, 2016
The Fall 2016 Biology Seminar Series concludes with Dr. Jamie Voyles’ talk: How does it end? Shifts in the infectious disease chytridiomycosis and the fate of frogs.
The emergence of infectious disease rarely ends in the complete extinction of host species. Frequently, the level of virulence in a severe disease system shifts such that hosts and pathogens can persist in a shared environment. However, the mechanistic underpinnings of these transitions are not well understood. The lethal fungal disease known as amphibian chytridiomyocosis provides a compelling system to investigate such shifts in infectious disease dynamics. The pathogen that causes chytridiomycosis, Batrachochytrium dendrobatids (commonly called "Bd"), is renown for its ability spread rapidly into amphibian communities and cause extremely high levels of mortality in many different host species. However, some host species have survived initial...Read More
October 24, 2016
The Fall 2016 Biology Seminar Series continues with Sharon Stranford’s talk: The MAIDS model system: IL-10 and the role of immunosuppression in susceptibility to immunodeficiency
Sharon Stranford studies factors that influence the development of acquired immune deficiency. She and the undergraduate students who work in her research lab employ a mouse model of AIDS (MAIDS) in which some strains of mice develop immune deficiency following exposure to Murine Leukemia Virus (MuLV). This allows them to compare the early immune response patterns of MAIDS-susceptible and MAIDS-resistant mice for clues to immune pathways that bias towards resolution versus immunodeficiency. This is done using a combination of techniques, including comparative gene expression, flow cytometric analysis, enzyme-linked immunosorbant assays (ELISAs) and fluorescence microscopy.