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ALL SEMINARS FROM MARCH 13 THROUGH THE END OF THE SEMESTER HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

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

ALL SEMINARS FROM MARCH 13 THROUGH THE END OF THE SEMESTER HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

Ezenwa

Worms, germs, and buffalo: a coinfection story  
Dr. Venessa Ezenwa, Hosted by Dr. F. Schubot
January 24 at 12:20pm in the Steger Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Omaille

A Structural View of Enzyme Evolution in Chemical Communication
Dr. Paul O'Maille, Hosted by Dr. D. Tholl
January 31 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Lowman

Bridging Academia and Industry - Agtech Research at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Dr. Scott Lowman , Hosted by Dr. M. Williams
February 7 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Koonin

Global structure of the virus world and megataxonomy of viruses
Dr. Eugene Koonin, Hosted by Dr. F. Aylward
February 14 at 12:20 in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Quave

Medicinal plants as a resource for drug discovery in the post-antibiotic era
Dr. Cassandra Quave, Hosted by Dr. J. Metzgar
February 21 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Hirsch

Digging in the “Dirt”: Searching for Microbes that Help Plants Grow in Arid Soil
Dr. Ann Hirsch, Hosted by Dr. B. Scharf
February 28 at 12:20pm in the Skelton Conference Center
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Greenberg

Cardiolipin links mitochondrial lipid synthesis to TCA cycle function - Implications for Barth syndrome
Dr. Miriam Greenberg, Hosted by Dr. D. Capelluto
March 6 at 12:20pm in the Fralin Hall Auditorium
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Williamson

Plasmodium's dilemma: Should I stay or should I go?
Dr. Kim Williamson, Hosted by Dr. M. Klemba
CANCELLED
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Mukhtar

Foodfight among the ikes of plant and pathogens in Apoplastopoliss
Dr. Shahid Mukhtar, Hosted by Dr. J McDowell
CANCELLED
This seminar will be livestreamed on the Fralin YouTube channel, but will not be recorded.

 

Yingxie

Transcribing Memories: Memory Encoding by Transcriptionally-defined Active Neuronal Ensembles
Dr. Lin Yingxi, Hosted by Dr. D. Xie
CANCELLED
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

Overduin

Extending the genetic code to the lipidic code: membrane signaling and disease mechanisms
Dr. Michael Overduin, Hosted by Dr. D. Capelluto
CANCELLED
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Tosini

Understanding melatonin receptor function: latest insights from mouse models, and their relevance to human disease.
Dr. Gianluca Tosini, Hosted by Dr. C. Finkielstein
CANCELLED
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin Youtube channel.

 

birnbaum

Single-cell dissection of regenerating plant roots
Dr. Ken Birnbaum, Hosted by Dr. B. Bargmanmn
CANCELLED
This seminar will be livestreamed and recorded on the Fralin Youtube channel.

 

Godin

Nanomedicine for obstetrics: a posse ad esse
Dr. Biana Godin, Hosted by A. Soccio-Mallon and C. Murphy
CANCELLED
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed or recorded.

 

Stumpff

Centering the Genome: Why do chromosomes align during mitosis?
Dr. Jason Stumpff, Hosted by Dr. D. Cimini
CANCELLED
This seminar will NOT be livestreamed, but will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

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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