Virginia Tech Life Science Seminars

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The Virginia Tech Life Science Seminars (VTLSS) is a university wide seminar series funded by the Fralin Life Sciences Institute at Virginia Tech. The seminars run throughout the Spring and Fall semesters and take place on Fridays at 12:20pm in the Fralin Auditorium, Fralin Hall Room 102.  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 have been given by high caliber scientists, including some who serve as officers in Federal agencies and a Nobel prize-awardee. You can view the list of previous seminars in our archive and watch some of them on our Youtube playlist.

We also extend an invitation to graduate students to join the speaker after the talk over a free lunch, to continue the discussion in a more informal setting.  Lunch places are limited so please email the host to sign up.  Don’t forget to add the seminar dates to your schedules. We look forward to seeing you!

 

What do previous presenters think about the VTLSS?

“I just wanted to thank the Life Sciences Seminar committee members for the opportunity to visit VT as part of the series. It means a great deal to me to have been invited, especially since when I looked over the series I noticed how senior were many of the other speakers. I do appreciate your questions and active participation during my seminar, and I do hope that I gauged the audience background well in terms of the content and delivery.  I was particularly impressed with the graduate student lunch. Sometimes it is difficult to get graduate students to talk freely about their scientific work and aspirations, but the attending students really stepped up and I thought we had a positive and useful discussion.”

John Meitzen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences 
North Carolina State University

 

“I had such blast hanging out with you at Virginia Tech. You are truly wonderful people, and I thank you for your generosity of picking me up and dropping me back to the airport. I loved the food, company, and science. It was an all around wonderful visit.”  

Samer Hattar
Chief and Senior Investigator
National Institute of Mental Health

 

“I wanted to thank you again for helping with all those arrangements for my trip and seminar. I had a great time.
I am especially enjoying the VT life-sciences shirt, which I wore to the office the other day and got several comments on what a nice shirt it was, and also how I was a traitor for not wearing University of Washington apparel.”

Evan Gallagher
Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
University of Washington

 

" Thank you so much for inviting me and hosting a wonderful visit to Virginia Tech. I had a great time and learned a lot from your colleagues and your trainees. You have an all-around fantastic community there! ”

Elizabeth Haswell
HHMI-Simons Faculty Scholar
Director of Research, NSF Center for Engineering MechanoBiology
Associate Professor
Washington University in St. Louis

 

"Thank you all for a wonderful visit. I was very impressed by the students, faculty members, and campus."

Joy Wolfram
Assistant Professor
Mayo Clinic

Wolfram

Synthetic and biological nanoparticles for cancer and beyond    
Dr. Joy Wolfram, Hosted by Dr. E. Boeding
August 30 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Ou

Hepatitis C Virus and Autophagic Response
Dr. James Ou, Hosted by Dr. X.J. Meng
September 6 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Konstantinidis

CANCELLED

Dr. Kostas Konstantinidis , Hosted by Dr. B. Vinatzer
September 13 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Blank

Linking microscale processes with the macro world: Microbes & moisture through the soil profile
Dr. Joshua Schimmel, Hosted by Dr. J. Barrett
September 20 at 12:20 in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Shvartsman

Embryogenesis: a cascade of dynamical systems
Dr. Stanislav Y. Shvartsman, Hosted by Dr. Tyson
September 27 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will not be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Ding

Antiviral RNAi in plants and mammals
Dr. Shou-Wei Ding, Hosted by Dr. X. Wang
October 4 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Molinger

Mitotic spindle assembly: Search-And-Capture model revised
Dr. Alex Mogilner, Hosted by Dr. J. Chen
October 11 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Ottemann

Helicobacter pylori chemotaxis in the stomach: signaling diversity and niche colonization
Dr. Karen Ottemann, Hosted by Dr. B. Scharf
October 18 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Vinauger

Plasticity in mosquito-host interactions
Dr. Clement Vinauger, Hosted by Dr. C. Finkielstein
October 25 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Liu

Decipher the transcriptional and translational regulation underlying wound-responsive gene expressions in tomato
Dr. Ming-Jung Liu, Hosted by Dr. D. Haak
November 1 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Hertzog

Chronotherapy: Circadian physiology applied to glioblastoma
Dr. Erik Herzog, Hosted by Dr. C. Finkielstein
November 8 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Gamble

Diet, Plasticity, and Memory: the Clock is Ticking
Dr. Karen Gamble, Hosted by Dr. S. Clinton
November 15 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin Youtube channel.

 

Pendergast

Sex differences in circadian rhythms underlying diet-induced obesity
Dr. Julie Pendergast, Hosted by Dr. S. Kojima
November 22 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Plijkeren

The gut symbiont Lactobacillus reuteri as a model to study the interplay between diet and phage-host interactions
Dr. Jan-Peter van Pijkeren , Hosted by Dr. X. Luo
December 6 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed, but will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

You can find our VTLSS YouTube playlist here.

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

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Instructions for Faculty Hosts (1).doc
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Virginia Tech Life Science Seminar Series Media Release Form.docx
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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: 

Carla Finkielstein
VTLSS Seminar Committee Chair
Biocomplexity Institute
1015 Life Science Cirlce
Blacksburg VA 24061
finkielc@vt.edu
(540) 231-1159

Debbie Hairston
VTLSS Coordinator
Fralin Life Science Institute
360 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061
debbie1@vt.edu
(540) 231-6933

VTLSS Team
The VTLSS Team