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Biology Seminar - Dr. William Soto 3/4

PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:45 pm
by cdouglas
A seminar by the Microbiology faculty candidate

" Microbial Experimental Evolution With the Vibrionaceae: Case Studies With Squid-Vibrio Mutualism"

by Dr. William Soto
NSF BEACON Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow
Michigan State University

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
3:00 ā€“ 4:00 PM
Science 2, room 109

To date, the Vibrionaceae (e.g., Vibrio and Photobacterium) have been underutilized in microbial experimental evolution research. This is a shame since this bacterial family possesses many traits that are useful studying evolutionary biology. For instance, the Vibrionaceae are capable of forming versatile and strong biofilms, which is a driver of ecological diversification in bacteria. The Vibrionaceae also possess a sophisticated quorum sensing machinery, which allows one to ask questions in social evolution and group selection. Additionally, the Vibrionaceae possess a propensity toward forming interactions with eukaryotic hosts, which comprise a continuum of commensalism, mutualism, and pathogenesis. This allows one to study the evolutionary transitions between these different host microbe interactions. In my seminar, Iā€™ll present examples of how experimental evolution with the sepiolid squid-Vibrio mutualism has been useful for addressing research questions in evolutionary biology.

Dr. William Soto has a B.S. in Biology from Fresno State and an M.S. in Biology from Wesleyan University. After a Ph.D. in Biology from New Mexico State University, Dr. Soto has pursued post-doctoral work at University of Arizona, University of Minnesota, and Michigan State University.

If you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access, please contact Lindasue Garner at the Department of Biology at 278-2001 or e-mail (at least one week prior to event).