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.

videocam Virtual    groups In-person

2023 Seminars

  • videocam  Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    New players in Ftz-based cell division in Archaea

    Speaker: Sonja-Verena Albers, University of Freiburg

    Host: Katrina Forest
  • groups  Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    The intersection of nutrition and infection at the host-pathogen interface

    Speaker: Eric Skaar, Vanderbilt University
    Host: Mark Mandel
  • groups  Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Exploring the electric side of photosynthesis

    Speaker: Arpita Bose, Washington University in St. Louis

    Host: Michael Thomas
  • groups  Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Badger Watch Safety Training

    Speaker: Erik Pearce, UWPD
    Host: Katrina Forest
  • groups  Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER Decoding the immunomodulatory function of gut bacteria


    Philip Ahern, Lerner Research Institute @ the Cleveland Clinic


  • groups  Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    The Surprising Microbiology and Geomicrobiology of Caves

    Speaker: Hazel Barton, University of Akron, Ohio
    Host: MDTP Students
  • groups  Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Cell Division Regulation in Bacteria

    Speaker: Prahathees Eswara, University of South Florida
    Host: Briana Burton
  • groups  Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    A phage that deploys eukaryotic-like DNA compartmentalization to resist CRISPR-Cas nucleases

    Speaker: Joseph Bondy-Denomy, UCSF
    Host: Charlie Mo
  • groups  Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 12:00 am

    Translational research and findings from the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)

    Speaker: Amy Schultz & Adam Paulsen, Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW)
    Host: Erica Majumder & Karthik Anantharaman

  • groups  Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Conflict in symbiosis and the limits on host control

    Speaker: Joel Sachs, University of California, Riverside
    Host: Jean-Michel Ane
  • groups  Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Microbe-mediated asexual reproduction

    Speaker: Amelia Lindsey, University of Minnesota
    Host: Kerri Coon
  • groups  Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    The Predatory Bdellovibrio and like organisms: Hidden Figures in the Microbial Loop

    Speaker: Henry N. Williams, Florida A&M University
    Host: Erica L-W Majumder
  • groups  Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Stress eating:  Escherichia coli consumes nucleosides to fend off glucose-phosphate stress

    Speaker: Gregory Richards, UW-Parkside
    Host: Melissa Christopherson
  • groups  Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 3:30 pm
    Speaker: 551 poster session + dept awards
  • groups  Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 12:00 pm

    Bioinformatic approaches for phage-host interactions  NOTE: in MSB 1420

    Speaker: Alejandro Reyes Munoz
  • groups  Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    How a fungus protects itself when producing a secondary toxic metabolite

    Speaker: Gustavo Goldman -- University of São Paulo
    Host: Jae-Hyuk Yu
  • groups  Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Bits, Bytes and Bugs: Understanding Infectious Disease through Data Science and Informatics

    Speaker: Mark Hoffman - Children’s Mercy Research Institute
    Host: Jo Handelsman
  • groups  Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Planetary microbiology: From cells to ecosystems across space and time

    Speaker: Betül Kaçar -- Special Tenure Seminar
    Host: Katrina Forest
  • groups  Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Decoding the immuno-modulatory function of gut bacteria

    Speaker: Philip Ahern -- Cleveland Clinic
    Host: Federico Rey
  • groups  Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    War and Peace: Polymicrobial interactions in cystic fibrosis airway disease

    Speaker: Dominique Limoli -- University of Iowa
    Host: David Hershey
  • groups  Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    GPT: Transforming Science, Engineering, and Beyond

    Speaker: Kangwook Lee -- University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Host: Jae-Hyuk Yu
  • groups  Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    From Petri Dish to Patient: Mycobacteriophages and their Therapeutic Potential

    Speaker: Graham Hatfull -- University of Pittsburgh
    Host: Karthik Anantharaman
  • groups  Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Microbiology Meets Data Science: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of Archaea

    Speaker: Valerie De Anda -- University of Texas at Austin
    Host: Trina McMahon
  • groups  Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Mechanisms of defense and counter-defense in the battle between bacteria and their viruses

    Speaker: Asma Hatoum -- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Host: Charlie Mo
  • groups  Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    A tale of two blooms: the complicated ecology of diatoms, cyanobacteria and their viruses in Lake Erie

    Speaker: Steven Wilhelm -- University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Host: Trina McMahon
  • groups  Thursday, November 30, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    From warming to freezing: temperature as a driver of bacteria-phage ecology and evolution

    Speaker: Catherine A. Hernandez -- Yale University
    Host: Kerri Coon
  • groups  Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    Masters of One: Methylotrophy as a Lens into Formaldehyde Stress

    Speaker: Jannell Bazurto -- University of Minnesota
    Host: Melissa Christopherson
  • groups  Monday, December 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm

    AI for antibiotic discovery

    Speaker: César de la Fuente -- University of Pennsylvania
    Host: Katrina Forest