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ALL FALL SEMINARS WILL BE HOSTED VIA ZOOM.
You can join the seminar each week by clicking this link.

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.

Lunches this semester have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

 

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 FALL SEMINARS WILL BE HOSTED VIA ZOOM

Childs

Modeling Infectious Disease Dynamics: Lessons from a Pandemic
Dr. Lauren Childs
September 4 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will NOT be recorded.

 

 

Gross

G-Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs): An underdeveloped target for arthropod control
Dr. Aaron Gross
September 11 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will NOT be recorded.

 

 

Bowers

Gene variants of FOXP1 and FOXP2 provide novel insights into the development of vocalization in rats.
Dr. Mike Bowers
September 18 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will NOT be recorded.

 

 

Pilot

An amino acid transporter plays a regulatory role in amino acid homeostasis in plants: evidence for a new transceptor?
Dr. Guillaume Pilot
September 25 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will NOT be recorded.

 

 

Chen

Who is to thank for the rhythms of my tail? – A mathematical study of circadian rhythmicity in poly(A) tail length
Dr. Jing Chen
October 2 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

 

Lahondere

The sweet tooth of mosquitoes: leveraging knowledge on sugar feeding for their control
Dr. Chloe Lahondere
October 9 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

 

Pruden

Advancing Next Generation DNA Sequencing for Water Quality Monitoring: Antibiotic Resistance and Opportunistic Pathogens
Dr. Amy Pruden
October 16 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

 

Jutras

How the peptidoglycan cell wall of Borrelia burgdorferi be used to diagnose, treat, and understand Lyme disease
Dr. Brandon Jutras
October 23 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will NOT be recorded.

 

 

Lemkul

Toward Computational Drug Design Against DNA G-Quadruplexes: Insights from Molecular Dynamics Simulations
Dr. Justin Lemkul
October 30 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

 

Lazar

On the Role of Mass Spectrometry in Cancer Research
Dr. Iuliana Lazar
November 6 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will be recorded on the Fralin YouTube channel.

 

 

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Title not yet available
Dr. Reza Ovissipour
November 13 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar will NOT be recorded.

 

 

Auguste

The enemy of my enemy: A novel insect-specific flavivirus offers a promising platform for safe and effective Flavivirus vaccines
Dr. Jonathan Auguste
November 20 at 12:20pm via Zoom
This seminar 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