Biology Colloquium

Fridays at 3:00-4:00 PM online  (unless otherwise noted)

All talks are open to the public. Upcoming speakers and their topics are listed below. Please click on the seminar titles for further details. If you have any questions or comments, please email the coordinator or call the Department of Biology at 559•278•2001. For other public science lectures, please check out the Central Valley Café Scientifique.

Spring 2021 Seminars: 







Introduction & Orientation



Dr. Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

A tale of two teosintes: new evidence on the hybrid origin of modern corn

University of California, Davis


Dr. Evita Weagel

Biomarker Analysis and Clinical Significance of Thymidine Kinase 1 in Solid and Hematological Malignancies

Brigham Young University and 
Utah Valley University, Provo, UT


Dr. Michelle Digman

Non-invasive metabolic imaging for single cells and embryo development

University of California, Irvine, Department of Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Ruhul Kuddus

Association of angiotensin I converting enzyme insertion/287bp deletion polymorphisms and proliferative prostatic diseases among Lebanese men

Utah Valley University, Orem, UT


Dr. Mohammad Kamal

Biases and Decision-Making, A Cytogenetic Example in Barrett's Esophagus

Founder and CEO, OMNI Pathology


Dr. Allie M. Graham

From the Mountains to the Sea:  Comparative Genomics of Mechanisms Underlying the Physiological Response to Low Oxygen

University of Utah, Eccles Institute of Human Genetics


Dr. Michelle Hays

How brewer's yeast battles a genetic parasite: natural variation in an esssential host gene underlies resistance to a parasitic plasmid.

Stanford University, Department of Genetics


Dr. Omar Amin

Understanding Parasites in the USA

Institute of Parasitic Diseases (IPD) and Parasitology Center, Inc. (PCI), Scottsdale, AZ


Dr. Zaki Sherif

Magnification of racial health disparity in the era of the coronavirus pandemic

Howard University College of Medicine, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology






Dr. Stephen Hart

The Fire-Plant-Microbe Triad: Indirect Fire Effects Drive Ecosystem Processes

University of California, Merced, Department of Genetics


Dr. Kate Laskowski

What can clonal fish tell us about the development of individuality?

University of California, Davis, Department of Ecology & Evolution


Dr. Kimberly Cooper

How (and why) the jerboa got its long legs

University of California, San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences


Dr. Joseph Ross

The molecules that define species

California State University, Fresno, Department of Biology



Thesis Exit Seminars

Graduate students in the Biology and Biotechnology Masters programs present their thesis research in a culminating Thesis Exit Seminar to the department's faculty and students.