Distinguished Lectures in Microbiology

Unless otherwise noted, Seminars are at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Ebling Auditorium in the Microbial Sciences Building. 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.

The Department of Bacteriology values and prioritizes increasing diversity, of both visible and invisible forms, in our invited speakers for the Distinguished Lectures in Bacteriology seminar series and departmental symposia.

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Past Seminars

  • groups  Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Lipid transporters that build the outer membrane in Gram-negative bacteria

    Speaker: Natividad Ruiz | The Ohio State University
    Host: Katrina Forest
  • groups  Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Life by a Thousand Cuts: Slashing and Squishing Archaea as a Model for Mechanosensing

    Speaker: Alexandre Bisson | Brandeis University
    Host: Jade Wang
  • groups  Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Dynamics, diversity and defense in phototrophic communities

    Speaker: Devaki Bhaya | Carnegie Science
    Host: Erica Majumder
  • groups  Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 3:30 pm


    Speaker: Laura Hug | University of Waterloo
    Host: Erica Majumder
  • groups  Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Beneficial bacteria influence epithelial and neuronal development in a symbiotic organ

    Speaker: Elizabeth Heath-Heckman | Michigan State University
    Host: Garret Suen
  • groups  Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Adaptations of Extremophilic Archaea: from Community Dynamics to Molecular Mechanisms

    Speaker: Jocelyne DiRuggiero | Johns Hopkins University
    Host: Betül Kaçar
  • groups  Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    A forty year journey towards understanding the genetics and biology of a poorly understood but increasingly important pine pathogen

    Speaker: Brenda Wingfield | University of Pretoria
    Host: Anne Pringle
  • groups  Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Targeting DXP synthase in bacterial central metabolism

    Speaker: Caren Freel Meyers | Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    Host: Michael Thomas
  • groups  Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Elucidation of Microbial Interactions and Niches Enables The Targeted Alteration of the Microbiome (from Rhizosphere to Humans)

    Speaker: Karsten Zengler | University of California San Diego
    Host: Jean-Michel Ané
  • groups  Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    From Genes to Mechanisms: Unveiling Functional Mysteries in Sequenced Genomes

    Speaker: Valérie de Crécy-Lagard | University of Florida
    Host: Jade Wang
  • groups  Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Decoding Ancestral Knowledge: Microbiome Research for Bicultural Restoration and Ecosystem Sustainability

    Speaker: Kiana Frank | University of Hawaii
    Host: Briana Burton
  • groups  Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Structure-function studies of bacterial transformation

    Speaker: Matthew Neiditch | Rutgers University
    Host: Mark Mandel
  • groups  Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    Leveraging evolutionary trade-offs in the development of phage therapy

    Speaker: Paul Turner | Yale University
    Host: MDTP Students
  • groups  Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Mapping the relationship between gene expression variation and bacterial growth rate phenotype with CRISPRi

    Speaker: Kim Reynolds | University of Texas Southwestern
    Host: Jason Peters
  • groups  Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Student Awards Ceremony

    Speaker: Student Awards Ceremony
    Host: Katrina Forest
  • groups  Friday, May 3, 2024 at 2:30 pm

    The Joy of a Lifetime in Science

    Speaker: Carol Gross | University of Califonia San Francisco
    Host: Tim Donohue