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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 via Zoom or in the Fralin Auditorium, which is located in Fralin Hall. 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.

Some seminars will be hosted in person, and some will be virtual.
You can find the location or Zoom link for each seminar in the Schedule below.

Jan 21 at 12:00pm via Zoom
Karine Gibbs, UC Berkeley
Micro-Crowdsourcing: how swarming bacteria integrate signals to build communities
View the recording

Jan 28 at 12:00pm via Zoom
Fumika Hamada, UC Davis
Temperature homeostasis: Circadian rhythms and Hunger
View the recording (Requires VT login)

Feb 4 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Matthew R. Olm, Stanford University
Metagenomics of Modern Hunter-gatherers to Understand the Human Microbiome

Feb 11 at 12:00pm via Zoom
Ariane Briegel, Leiden University
Exploring the structure and function of microbial motility: chemotaxis and intermicrobial transport
View the recording

Feb 18 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Virginia Tech Multiple Speakers
Communicating Science: Celebrating Opportunities and Outreach
View the recording

Feb 25 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Yusuke Sekine, University of Pittsburgh
Molecular links between acetyl-CoA metabolism and the nucleolar stress response
View the recording

Mar 4 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Simon Gilroy, University of Wisconsin
Do plants feel pain? Wound signaling in Arabidopsis

Mar 18 at 12:00pm via Zoom
Rafael Guerrero, North Carolina State University
Hybrid incompatibilities in gene networks // Early sex-chromosome evolution in nightshades
View the recording

Mar 25 at 12:00pm via Zoom
Bjoern Hamberger, Michigan State
Building nature-inspired chemical spaces through Plant Synthetic Biology
View the recording

Apr 1 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Wallace Marshall, University of California
Pattern formation and regeneration in a single cell
View the recording

April 8 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Joanna Chiu, UC Davis
Non-transcriptional regulation of circadian physiology
View the recording

April 15 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Michael Burton, UT Dallas
Neuroimmune crosstalk in acute TLR4-induced inflammatory pain
View the recording

April 22 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Daven Presgraves, University of Rochester
Selfish genes, sex chromosomes, and speciation in Drosophila
This seminar will NOT be recorded

April 29 at 12:00pm in Fralin Auditorium and via Zoom
Catherine Marler, University of Wisconsin
The importance of context for understanding the function of hormonal signals


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
Silke Hauf
Clay Caswell
Tim Jarome
Ryan Senger
Jim Westwood
Joel McGlothlin