Virginia Tech®home

Virginia Tech Life Science Seminars

VTLSS Banner

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 via Zoom. These interdisciplinary seminars are open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as 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.

You can find the Zoom link for each seminar in the Schedule below.

Jan 22 at 12:00pm
Bryan Dewsbury, University of Rhode Island
MLK Speaker

Jan 29 at 12:00pm
Melina Schuh, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Mechanisms of chromosome segregation in oocytes

Feb 12 at 12:00pm
Frank Aylward, Virginia Tech
Larger than Life: The Underexplored World of Giant Viruses

Feb 26 at 12:00pm
Xunrong Luo, Duke University
Transplantation Tolerance Can Be Achieved…Now What?

Mar 5 at 12:00pm
Kodi Ravichandran, University of Virginia
Engulfment of apoptotic cells - the art of eating a good meal.

Mar 12 at 12:00pm
Marquis Walker, James Madison University
Identifying novel targets of ipRGCs at the intersection of light and pain response in the iris

Mar 19 at 12:00pm
Daniel Wilson, University of Hamburg
David vs Goliath: Ribosome-targeting antibiotics and bacterial resistance mechanisms

Apr 2 at 12:00pm
Rita Colwell, University of Maryland at College Park,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
A Lab of One’s Own: One Woman’s Personal Journey Through Sexism in Science

April 9 at 12:00pm
Bin Yu, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln
Micro RNA metabolism and function

April 16 at 12:00pm
Greg Ebel, Colorado State University
Talk Title TBD

April 23 at 12:00pm
Kevin Wickman, University of Minnesota
Drug-induced plasticity of inhibitory G protein signaling in the reward circuitry

April 30 at 12:00pm
John Campbell, University of Virginia
What Happens in Vagus – Unraveling Neural Circuits for Heart and Gut Control

Media Release Form.docx
Fralin Auditorium Help.docx

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 Angela Worrell.

The VTLSS faculty committee consists of:

Committee Member Email
Michelle Olsen
Silke Hauf
Clay Caswell
Tim Jarome
Ryan Senger
Jim Westwood
Joel McGlothlin