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The Virginia Tech Life Science Seminars (VTLSS) is a university wide seminar series funded by the Fralin Life Science Institute. The seminars run throughout the Spring and Fall semesters and take place on Fridays at 12:20pm in the Fralin Auditorium, Fralin Hall Room 102.  These interdisciplinary seminars are open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff. You are not required to be in life sciences to attend; if a subject matter is of interest to you, we welcome your participation. 

Seminars have been given by high caliber scientists, including some who serve as officers in Federal agencies and a Nobel prize-awardee. You can view the list of previous seminars in our archive and watch some of them on our Youtube playlist.

We also extend an invitation to graduate students to join the speaker after the talk over a free lunch, to continue the discussion in a more informal setting.  Lunch places are limited so please email the host to sign up.  Don’t forget to add the seminar dates to your schedules. We look forward to seeing you!

 

What do previous presenters think about the VTLSS?

“I just wanted to thank the Life Sciences Seminar committee members for the opportunity to visit VT as part of the series. It means a great deal to me to have been invited, especially since when I looked over the series I noticed how senior were many of the other speakers. I do appreciate your questions and active participation during my seminar, and I do hope that I gauged the audience background well in terms of the content and delivery.  I was particularly impressed with the graduate student lunch. Sometimes it is difficult to get graduate students to talk freely about their scientific work and aspirations, but the attending students really stepped up and I thought we had a positive and useful discussion.”

John Meitzen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences 
North Carolina State University

 

“I had such blast hanging out with you at Virginia Tech. You are truly wonderful people, and I thank you for your generosity of picking me up and dropping me back to the airport. I loved the food, company, and science. It was an all around wonderful visit.”  

Samer Hattar
Chief and Senior Investigator
National Institute of Mental Health

 

“I wanted to thank you again for helping with all those arrangements for my trip and seminar. I had a great time.
I am especially enjoying the VT life-sciences shirt, which I wore to the office the other day and got several comments on what a nice shirt it was, and also how I was a traitor for not wearing University of Washington apparel.”

Evan Gallagher
Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington

Debra Bangasser

Sex differences in Stress Regulation of Arousal and Cognition    
Dr. Debra Bangasser, Hosted by Dr. Sarah Clinton
August 24 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel. It will NOT be recorded.

 

Randy Nelson

Effects of Light at Night on Brain and Behavior    
Dr. Randy Nelson, Hosted by Dr. Kendra Sewell
August 31 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Laxmikant Deshpande

Unraveling the neurobiology of Gulf War Illness
Dr. Laxmikant Deshpande, Hosted by Dr. Kristin Phillips
September 7 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and archived on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Beth Weaver

THIS SEMINAR HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1, 2019
Mitotic defects in tumor promotion, suppression, and response to chemotherapy
Dr. Beth Weaver, Hosted by Dr. Daniela Cimini
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed, but will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Timothy Hoover

Biosynthesis of the sheathed flagellum in Helicobacter pylori
Dr. Timothy Hoover, Hosted by Dr. X.J. Meng
September 21 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and archived on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

David Davido

To be lytic or not to be lytic: a question of HSV-1-host interactions
Dr. David Davido, Hosted by Dr. Andrea Bertke
September 28 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Catherine Woolley

Brain Estrogens and Epilepsy: Evidence for latent sex differences in mechanisms of neuromodulation
Dr. Catherine Woolley, Hosted by Dr. Georgia Hodes
October 5 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Victor DiRita

DNA recognition and uptake by Campylobacter jejuni
Dr. Victor DiRita, Hosted by Dr. Ann Stevens
October 12 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed, but will be archived on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Donna Huryn

Adventures in Academic Cancer Drug Discovery:  Novel Inhibitors of the AAA ATPase p97
Dr. Donna Huryn, Hosted by Dr. Webster Santos
October 19 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin Youtube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Barbara Kazmierczak

Flagellar decision-making in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: Should I stay or should I go?
Dr. Barbara Kazmierczak, Hosted by Dr. Birgit  Sharf
October 26 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed to the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Martin Zanni

Cats but not Rats? Hominids but not Hamsters? A Study into the Molecular Mechanism of Type 2 Diabetes Using 2D IR Spectroscopy
Dr. Martin Zanni, Hosted by Dr. Justin Lemkul
November 2 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Manyuan Long

New gene evolution under sexual selection and sexual conflict
Dr. Manyuan Long, Hosted by Dr. Igor Sharakhov
November 9 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Natalia Toporikova

Spiders on fast time: using mathematical modeling to understand the mechanism of an exceptionally short-period circadian clock
Dr. Natalia Toporikova, Hosted by Dr. Shihoko Kojima
November 16 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and archived on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

George Bloom

Amyloid-β and Tau: the Trigger and Bullet in Alzheimer’s Disease Pathogenesis   
Dr. George Bloom, Hosted by Dr. Carla Finkielstein
November 30 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and archived on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Luis Larrondo

Developing Optogenetics Applications and Obtaining an Accurate Picture of Light-sensing Dynamics in Vivo
Dr. Luis Larrondo, Hosted by Dr. Carla Finkielstein
December 7 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

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Instructions for Faculty Hosts Fall 2018.doc
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Virginia Tech Life Science Seminar Series Media Release Form.docx
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Fralin Auditorium Help.docx

In order to nominate a speaker please fill out the form found here. Please note that only VT faculty are allowed to nominate and host VTLSS speakers. The VTLSS faculty committee will review the nomination and email the faculty member with permission to extend a formal invitation to the nominated speaker. Faculty are allowed to submit multiple nominations, but each faculty member is only allowed to invite and host one speaker per semester.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact: 

Carla Finkielstein
VTLSS Seminar Committee Chair
Biocomplexity Institute
1015 Life Science Cirlce
Blacksburg VA 24061
finkielc@vt.edu
(540) 231-1159

Debbie Hairston
VTLSS Coordinator
Fralin Life Science Institute
360 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061
debbie1@vt.edu
(540) 231-6933

VTLSS Team
The VTLSS Team