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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2020 Seminars

  • Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Evolution, ecology, and structure of Shigella phages

    Speaker: Sarah Doore - Michigan State University
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Monday, January 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Photosensing and quorum sensing converge to control bacterial collective behaviors

    Speaker: Sampriti Mukherjee - Princeton University
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Mechanical Determinants of Surface Colonization in Caulobacter crescentus

    Speaker: David Hershey - The University of Chicago
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Unraveling the molecular basis of chromosome organization: from the single-molecule to the genomic scale

    Speaker: Monica Guo - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Monday, February 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Ribozymes and noncoding RNAs in bacteria

    Speaker: Kimberly Harris - Yale University
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Molecular mechanisms of anti-viral immunity by RNA-targeting CRISPR-Cas systems

    Speaker: Alexander Meeske - The Rockefeller University
    Host: Charles Kaspar
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Superheroes of the human microbiota and Beyond: An Introduction to Mechano-Micro-Biology

    Speaker: Nicolas Biais, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center
    Host: Katrina Forest
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    The Role of Trehalose Metabolism, Signaling, and Defense in Ralstonia solanacearum Bacterial Wilt Disease of Tomatoes

    Speaker: April MacIntyre, Postdoc in the Ane Lab
    Host: Jean-Michel Ane
  • Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Design of Synthetic Human Gut Microbiome Assembly and Function

    Speaker: Ryan Clark, Postdoc in the Venturelli Lab
    Host: Ophelia Venturelli
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    The Complexities of Coordinating the Life Cycle of Bacteria

    Speaker: Paola Mera, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Host: Michael Thomas
  • Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    The Dark Side of Science: Misconduct in Biomedical Research

    Speaker: Elisabeth Bik, Harbers Bik, LLC
    Host: Jean-Michel Ane
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    The Peril and Promise of Sunlight in Non-traditional Phototrophs

    Speaker: Maureen Coleman, University of Chicago
    Host: Trina McMahon
  • Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Microbial Metabolism is a Determinant of Antibiotic-induced Disruption of the Gut Microbiome

    Speaker: Peter Belenky, Brown University
    Host: Federico Rey
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Mechanisms to Survive: Understanding the role of ABC Transporters in Nutrient Uptake and Pathogenesis

    Speaker: Heather Pinkett, Northwestern
    Host: Katrina Forest
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Small RNA Control of Gene Expression in E. coli: Integration into Regulatory Networks and Mechanisms of Regulation

    Speaker: Maude Guillier, Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique
    Host: Rick Gourse