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Biology Colloquia

The Spring 2018 Biology Colloquium Series begins on Friday, February 23 at 12:30 pm in SCP 101. Benjamin Keep, a doctoral candidate in Learning Sciences and Technology Design at Stanford University, will speak on “Humans, Bots, and RNA Folding: Citizen Science in Biochemistry,” and explore the role of volunteer citizen scientists in scientific research.

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The Fall 2017 Biology Colloquium Series starts on Friday, September 22 at 12:30 pm in the Business Building Basement Lounge. Dr. Michael A. Bell, of Stony Brook University, will speak on “Vertical Integration of Evolutionary Mechanisms: Pelvic Reduction in the Threespine Stickleback Fish.”

Friday, October 13 – Field biologist and evolutionary ecologist Dr. Edmund “Butch” Brodie III, B.F.D. Runk Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia will speak on “Channel Surfing the Adaptive Wave: Convergence, Constraint, and Contingency in the Evolution of Resistance to a Deadly Toxin.” The talk will take place in P-101 of the Science Complex at 12:30 pm.




The Spring 2017 Biology Colloquium Series begins on Friday, January 27 at 12:30 pm in P-101, with a talk by Alita Miller, Head of Biology at Entasis Therapeutics. Her talk, entitled “Research Strategies to Combat Emerging Antibiotic Resistance,” will summarize some of her work and research in the area of antibiotics at Pfizer and Astra Zeneca over the past fifteen years or more.

Friday, February 10 – Brittany Graf, TCNJ Bio ’07, now of Rutgers University, on “The exploration of therapeutic properties of Latin American plants through a community-building approach.” P-101, 12:30 pm.

Friday, March 10Rebecca Lyczak, PhD, of Ursinus University, speaking on “Uncovering the role of the centrosome in polarization of the C. elegans embryo. P-101, 12:30 pm.


Additional talks will be listed here as they become available.



The Fall 2016 Biology Colloquium Series kicks off on Friday, September 23 and goes viral! The speaker will be Holly Ramage, PhD, a researcher and Assistant Professor of Microbiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her topic will be “The Discovery of Novel Host Factors Important for Viral Infection.” The talk will be held at 12:30 pm in Physics Room 101 (P101), and will end at 1:30.

Friday, October 28Lynda Delph of the Indiana University Department of Biology will speak on “Sexual dimorphism in a dioecious plant: patterns, selection, and sexual antagonism.” The talk will be held in P101 (Physics portion of the School of Science) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

Friday, November 11Daniel Rittschof of the Nicholas School of the Environment at the Duke University Marine Lab will talk on “Plastics – Habitats, Leachates and Toxicity: What Marine Animals Tell Us.” The talk will be held in P101 (Physics portion of the School of Science) from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. All are invited to attend.


Speakers for the Spring 2016 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series include:

Dr. Eric Goldwaser, TCNJ/Biology ’11, now affiliated with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, will speak on Friday February 12, in P-101, on “Alzheimer’s disease, autoantibodies, and the blood-brain barrier: new answers to old questions.”

Dr. Michael Reiskind, of the Department of Entomology at North Carolina State University, will speak on Friday, March 25, 2016, at 12:30 – 1:30 in SC-P101, on “Vector Ecology: Invasions, interactions and evolution in the world’s most dangerous organisms.”

Dr. Erik Cordes, of the Department of Biology at Temple University, will speak at 12:30 -1:30 pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 in SC-P101 on “The Ecology of the Deep Sea: What we have learned from exploration and exploitation.”

Dr. Michael Elnitsky of the Department of Biology at Mercyhurst University will speak on Friday, April 22.


Speakers for the Fall 2015 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series include:

Jason Wong (October 9, 12:30 pm, SC-P101), TCNJ alum currently at New York University, will discuss “V(D)J Recombination and Genome Integrity Using Cutting Edge Research Technologies.” Jason is a PhD candidate at the university, working in the Langone Medical Center’s Department of Pathology.

Christopher Dolanc, PhD  of the Department of Biology at Mercyhurst College will speak on “Using the past to predict the future of trees and forests” on Friday, November 6, 12:30 – 1:30 pm in P101 of the Science Complex.

Dr. David Ungar, MD (November 13, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, SC-P101) will speak as a part of the TCNJ-Novo Nordisk Colloquium on “Advancements in Understanding Bleeding Disorders.” Dr. Ungar is Director in the BioPharm Medical group for Novo Nordisk in North America.


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The Spring 2015 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series is still being firmed up. Speakers currently scheduled include:

Dr. Robert Pringle, of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He will discuss “How species interactions govern the structure, functioning, and robustness of African savannas.” (Wed, 2/18, 11 am to noon, BIO Room 209)

Dr. Neal Overstrom, Director of the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at the Rhode Island School of Design, speaks on “Multiple Ways of Seeing: What the Art/Design Studio Offers to Science” (Fri, 4/10, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, SCP 101)

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Speakers for the Fall 2014 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series are being arranged. So far, they are:

Dr. John Jungck, of the University of Delaware. He is a co-founder of BioQuest, an organization dedicated to infusing inquiry into biology curricula, which will be the subject of his talk. His research focus is on molecular evolution, bioinformatics and image analysis. His talk is entitled, “Biological Insight from Morphogenesis to Morphospace: Computational Biological Visualization, Quantitative Image Analysis, and Exploring Complex Data” (Wed, 9/17 at 11 am in P-101)

Dr. Raj Vadigepalli of Thomas Jefferson University will speak on “Molecular regulation and cell phenotypes governing the multi-scale control of liver repair.” He will be introduced by Dr. Lisa Kozlowski, Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs and Recruitment at Jefferson, who will speak about graduate school opportunities at the school. Accompanying them will be TCNJ alum Brian Corbett ’09 who is currently attending Jefferson. (Tues, 10/7 at 12:30 pm in P-101)

Dr. Dale Cameron of Ursinus College, speaking on “Rogue proteins or heritable molecular switches? The unfolding story of prions”. (Tues, 10/21 at 12:30 pm in P-101)

Dr. Emilie Snell-Rood, of the University of Minnesota, speaking on the evolutionary consequences of developmental plasticity and learning, particularly in insects. (Tues, 11/4, 12:30 pm in P-101)


Be sure to make every effort to attend these interesting talks.


Speakers for the Spring 2014 semester’s Biology Colloquium Series were:

Dr. Robert Pringle, of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, speaking on “Complex species interactions in savannas and on small islands” (Thursday, 2/13 at 11:30 in P-101);

Dr. Roger Hangarter, of the Department of Biology at Indiana University, speaking on the “Function and mechanisms of light-induced chloroplast movements in leaf cells” (Thursday, 2/27 at 11:30 in P-101);

Dr. Gregory J. Porreca, TCNJ Biology/Computer Science Class of 2002, and Founder and Vice President of Research and Technology at Good Start Genetics, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, speaking on “Developing DNA sequencing technology: from an idea to the clinic” (Thursday, 3/27 at 11:30 in P-101);

Dr. Michael Donoghue, of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, speaking on “Re-constructing past life and environments” (Thursday, 4/10 at 11:30 in P-101); and

Dr. Sybil Gotsch, of the Department of Biology at Franklin and Marshall College, speaking on “Life in the treetops: Ecophysiological strategies of eriphytes in a tropical montane cloud forest” (Thursday, 4/17 at 11:30 in P-101).