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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

Paul Turner

Harnessing virus biodiversity to develop new therapies against multi-drug resistant bacteria    
Dr. Paul Turner, Hosted by Dr. F. Schubot
January 25 at 12:20pm in the B.I. Auditorium, Steger Hall
This seminar will not be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Stephanie Robel

Astrocyte Dysfunction Contributes to Post-traumatic Epilepsy
Dr. Stephanie Robel, Hosted by Dr. C. Finkielstein
February 1 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Nicolas Cermakian

Clocks, immunity and cancer in mice and night shift workers
Dr. Nicolas Cermakian, Hosted by Dr. C. Finkielstein
February 8 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

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Stress and Stem Cells in Plants - A Path to New Breeding Strategies for Plant Resilience?
Dr. Kathryn Barton, Hosted by Drs. E. Beers and A. Brunner
February 15 at 12:20 in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Julia Cooper

Centromeres impersonating telomeres, and other surprises about telomeric control of chromosome segregation
Dr. Julia Cooper, Hosted by Dr. S. Hauf
February 22 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Beth Weaver

Mitotic defects in tumor promotion, suppression, and response to chemotherapy
Dr. Beth Weaver, Hosted by Dr. D. Cimini
March 1 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Peihua Jiang

Taste loss, taste renewal, and beyond
Dr. Peihua Jiang, Hosted by Dr. D. Good
March 8 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Philipp Zerbe

Investigating the Metabolic Diversity of Plant Terpenoids Toward Biotechnology Applications
Dr. Philipp Zerbe, Hosted by Dr. D. Tholl
March 15 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Bettina Winckler

Proteostasis in dendrites: Regulating endosomal flux for lysosomal degradation
Dr. Bettina Winckler, Hosted by Dr. D. Capelluto
March 22 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recordeed on the Fralin Youtube channel.

 

Elizabeth Winzeler

Chemoprevention:  a new approach to ending malaria 
Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler, Hosted by Dr. P. Carlier
March 29 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Stacey Harmer

Circadian rhythms are turning heads: clock regulation of sunflower growth and development
Dr. Stacey Harmer, Hosted by Dr S. Kojima
April 5 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Wenquan Zou

Skin misfolded proteins and neurodegenerative diseases
Dr. Wen-Quan Zou, Hosted by Dr. B. Xu
April 12 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Ilya Raskin

Phytochemicals, food and health
Dr. Ilya Raskin, Hosted by Dr. D. Kingston
April 19 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Elizabeth Hazwell

Stretching the Imagination: Mechanosensitive Channels in Plants
Dr. Elizabeth Haswell, Hosted by Dr. X. Wang
April 26 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Marisa Roberto

Amygdalar synaptic neuroadaptations associated with alcohol dependence
Dr. Marisa Roberto, Hosted by Dr. M. Bczynski
May 3 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

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Instructions for Faculty Hosts (1).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