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The Virginia Tech Life Science Seminars (VTLSS) is a university-wide seminar series funded by the Fralin Life Sciences Institute. The seminars take place on Fridays at 12:00pm at the Fralin Auditorium in Fralin Hall. These interdisciplinary seminars are open to undergraduate and graduate students, 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 are given by renowned scientists from the US and abroad whose research connects to the life sciences disciplines at Virginia Tech. Some past seminars are available on our Youtube playlist.

Seminars will be in-person, hybrid, or virtual.
Virtual seminars will be hosted at this Zoom link:
https://virginiatech.zoom.us/j/81458701257

Laura

Sept 2 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Laura Sanchez, University of California, Santa Cruz
Watch this: specialized metabolite production in microbes

Jose

Sept 9 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Jose Dinneny, Stanford University
Diversifying our understanding of plant-environment interactions

Karen

Sept 16 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Karen Litwa, East Carolina University
Synapses Under Construction: Cytoskeletal Regulation of Developing Neural Circuits

Jennifer

Sept 23 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Jennifer Hurley, RPI
Intrinsic Disorder in the Highly Ordered Circadian Clock

Ron Vale

Sept 30 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Ron Vale, Janelia Research Campus
Structural basis of sperm motility

Oct 14 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Isis Kanevsky, Pfizer
Advances in preclinical support of vaccine development

Ken

Oct 21 at 12:00pm via Zoom and in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person and streamed/recorded (Zoom Link)
Ken Birnbaum, New York University
Plant Root Regeneration and Reassembly of the Stem Cell Niche

Wayne

Oct 28 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Wayne Curtis, Penn State
Low Cost Biological Production Platforms - Fuels to Farming

Jian

Nov 4 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Jian Liu, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Membrane compression by synaptic vesicle exocytosis triggers ultrafast endocytosis

Joy

Nov 11 at 12:00pm via Zoom and in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person and streamed/recorded (Zoom Link)
Joy Pate, Penn State
What Studies of the Ovary Taught Me About Cells, Science and Life

Nov 18 at 12:00pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
In-person
Marcos Sotomayor, Ohio State University
The Molecular Machinery of Hearing

Harris

Dec 2 at 12:00pm via Zoom
Streamed/recorded (Zoom Link)
Harris Lewin, University of California, Davis
Biology’s moonshot: DNA sequencing to conserve biodiversity & sustain societies

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 Krystal Turner.

The VTLSS faculty committee consists of:

Committee Member Email
Michelle Olsen molsen1@vt.edu
Silke Hauf silke@vt.edu
Clay Caswell caswellc@vt.edu
Tim Jarome tjjarome@vt.edu
Ryan Senger senger@vt.edu
Jim Westwood westwood@vt.edu
Joel McGlothlin joelmcg@vt.edu