Distinguished Lectures in Microbiology

Unless otherwise noted, Seminars are at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, in 1220 Microbial Sciences Building (Ebling Symposium Center). The Department of Bacteriology Distinguished Lectures in Microbiology are supported in part by the J.B. Wilson Fund, the Perry Wilson Fund, the Dennis and Alicemay Watson Lectureship Fund, and the E.B. Fred Memorial Fund.

Upcoming Seminars

  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Making cell-fate-decisions: Lessons from Sporulating Bacteria
    Speaker: Oleg Igoshin, Rice University
    Host: Jade Wang

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  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Andrew Benson, University of Nebraska- Lincoln
    Host: Federico Rey
  • Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Duncan Krause, University of Georgia
    Host: Garret Suen
  • Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: JD Sauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Host: Federico Rey
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Anca Segall, San Diego State University
    Host: Garret Suen
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Andrei Kuzminov, University of Illinois
    Host: Jade Wang
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Marilyn Roossinck, Penn State
    Host: Anne Pringle
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Kalin Vetsigian, UW-Madison
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Heath Murray, Newcastle University
    Host: Rick Gourse
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Tom Silhavy, Princeton University
    Host: Tim Donohue
  • Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Beth Lazazzera, University of California, Los Angeles
    Host: Tricia Kiley
  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Eric Schmidt, University of Utah
    Host: J. Kwan
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Jeff Cox, University of California, Berkeley
    Host: Jade Wang
  • Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Joseph Heitman, Duke University
    Host: Jae-Hyuk Yu
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm
    Title: TBA
    Speaker: Dick Brennan, Duke University
    Host: Rick Gourse

Past Seminars

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Regulation of aggregation and colonization in a model microbiome
    Speaker: Mark Mandel, Northwestern University
    Host: Garret Suen
  • Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Understanding the Rumen Microbial Ecosystem and its Impact on Milk Production Efficiency in Cows
    Speaker: Garret Suen, UW-Madison
    Host: Chuck Kaspar

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  • Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: From Bacteriology to Engineering and Back Again: Toward a New Paradigm for Low-Cost Processing of Cellulosic Biomass
    Speaker: Lee Lynd, Dartmouth
    Host: Daniel Amador-Noguez

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  • Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Soil ecology and community diversity from deserts to tropical forests
    Speaker: Rachel Gallery, University of Arizona
    Host: Trina McMahon

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  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Quorum sensing and the coordination of complex developmental processes with population density in Bacillus subtilis
    Speaker: Kevin Griffith, UMass-Amherst
    Host: Jade Wang

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  • Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Identity information and its role in bacterial group behaviors
    Speaker: Karine Gibbs, Harvard University
    Host: Briana Burton

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  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Peering into the tangled bank of biofilms using experimental evolution
    Speaker: Vaughn Cooper, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    Host: Kalin Vetsigian

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  • Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Multidrug efflux transporter  in Campylobacter: function, regulation and inhibition
    Speaker: Qijing Zhang, Iowa State University
    Host: Chuck Kaspar
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Manufacture of the Bacterial Proteome
    Speaker: Carol Gross, UC-San Francisco
    Host: Tim Donohue & Patricia Kiley

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  • Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Microbial Matchmaking - The metabolism and ecology of a hydrogen-producing bacterial coculture
    Speaker: Jake McKinlay, Indiana University
    Host: Garret Suen

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  • Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Making Science Policy at the White House: What's a Government to Do?
    Speaker: Jo Handlesman
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Mechanisms of Long-Term Survival and Evolution of Bacteria
    Speaker: Steven Finkel, USC
    Host: Karen Wassarman

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  • Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: How gut Bacteriodes eat your veggies: A molecular view of glycan uptake by human gut bacteria
    Speaker: Nicole Koropatkin, University of Michigan
    Host: Federico Rey

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  • Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm
    Title: Hfq Gymnastics: Alternative modes for small RNA and mRNA use of an RNA chaperone

    Note this is RNA Maxi Seminar in Room 1360, Genetics and Biotechnology Center
    Speaker: Susan Gottesman, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, National Cancer Institute
    Host: Karen Wassarman
  • Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:30 am
    Title: Harnessing the Power of Terabase-scale Metagenomics to Determine the Structure and Functioing of Microbial Communities
    Speaker: Karthik Anantharaman - Banfield Group, Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management - UC Berkeley
    Host: Trina McMahon
  • Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Speaker: Amy Camp, Mount Holyoke College
    Host: Briana Burton

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  • Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Annual State of the Department Address and Group Photo Shoot
    Speaker: Charles Kaspar
    Host: Rick Gourse
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Bacteria-host interactions and the circadian clock
    Speaker: Lora Hooper, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    Host: Federico Rey

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  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Mining microbes for new antibiotics and signaling molecules
    Speaker: Bo Li, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Host: Michael Thomas

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  • Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Context-specific action of ribosomal anitbiotics
    Speaker: Shura Mankin, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Host: Rick Gourse

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  • Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: The evoluation of fungal chemodiversity
    Speaker: Antonis Rokas, Vanderbilt University
    Host: Jae-Hyuk Yu

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  • Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Anaerobic nitrogen cycling in the ocean
    Speaker: Bess Ward, Princeton University
    Host: Trina McMahon

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  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: The Entangled Bank: Evolutionary Ecology of Beneficial Plant-Microbe Interactions
    Speaker: Maren Friesen, Michigan State University
    Host: Jean-Michel Ané

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  • Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm
    Title: Us vs Them: Microbial Glycans as Cellular IDs
    Speaker: Laura Kiessling, UW-Madison
    Host: Federico Rey