Fall Term 2021
September 29, 2021Chris Plaisier
Arizona State University
Finding new therapies for mesothelioma
October 13, 2021TRACE
Oregon State University
TRACE COVID Community Surveillance Project
October 27, 2021David Garcia
University of Oregon
Prion-based forms of RNA-modifying enzymes
November 10, 2021Ya-chieh Hsu
Harvard University
Deep: Stem Cells at the Nexus of the Niche, Physiology, and the External Environment
Winter Term 2022
January 5, 2022TBD
January 19, 2022Carrie Hanna
Oregon Health and Science University
Using genome editing technology to create biomedical models in the nonhuman primate
February 2, 2022Jennifer Nemhauser
University of Washington
Babbage’s Cabbage: The Logic of Information Processing In Plants
February 16, 2022Yanming Di
Oregon State University
What is a replicate?
March 2, 2022Dr. Shobhan Gaddameedhi
North Carolina State University
Environmental Regulation of Genomic Stability and Human Health through the Circadian Clock
Spring Term 2022
March 30, 2022Mike Harms
University of Oregon
Ensembles, epistasis, and evolution: how biophysics shapes evolutionary outcomes
April 13, 2022Andrew Gentles
Stanford University
Atlas of Clinically Distinct Cell States and Cellular Ecosystems Across Human Solid Tumors
April 27, 2022CANCELLED – Yehenew Agazie
West Virginia University
May 18, 2022 (rescheduled for Fall2022)Elias Fernandez
University of Tennessee
June 1, 2022 (rescheduled for Fall2022)Sourav Ghosh
Yale School of Medicine
Fall Term 2020
September 30, 2020Liang Huang
Oregon State University
Fighting COVID-19 with RNA Folding and RNA Design
October 14, 2020Mak Saito
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Host: Steve Giovannoni
Exploring the use of metals in biogeochemically important enzymes in the oceans, and development of the Biogeochemical AUV Clio and the Ocean Protein Portal
October 28, 2020Scott Doney
University of Virginia
Host: Kim Halsey
Developing models of marine planktonic systems
November 18, 2020A. Murat Eren
University of Chicago
Host: Maude David and Steve Giovannoni
High-resolution insights into the genomic dynamism of closely related gut microbial populations in unrelated humans
December 2, 2020Katherine Amato
Northwestern University
Host: Tom Sharpton
A case for comparative research: Using primates to gain insight into the human gut microbiome
Winter Term 2021
January 20, 2021Maria Clara Franco (Maca)
Oregon State University
Host: Michael Freitag
The relevance of oxidatively-modified proteins as therapeutic tumor-directed targets
February 3, 2021Bruce Hungate
Northern Arizona University
Host: David Myrold
Frontiers in ecosystem science: microbial ecology to biogeochemistry
February 17, 2021Yuanchao Wang
Nanjing Agricultural University
Host: Brett Tyler
The story of XEG1: From a core effector to broad spectrum resistance
March 3, 2021Francesca Marassi
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
Host: Elisar Barbar
Spring Term 2021
March 31, 2021Martin Egan
University of Arkansas
Host: Weihong Qiu
Forging the Rings of Power – Formation and remodeling of higher-order septin structures for plant invasion by the blast fungus
April 14, 2021Clare Bird
University of Stirling
Host: Jennifer Fehrenbacher
The microbiomes of single cells
April 28, 2021Zachary Lippman
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Host: Steven Strauss
Dissecting and exploiting mechanisms of quantitative trait variation in pl
May 12, 2021Xiangshu Xiao
Oregon Health & Science University
Host: Siva Kolluri
Cancer Drug Discovery Targeting Transcription and DNA Repair
May 26, 2021Peter Ralph
University of Oregon
Host: Aaron Liston
Fall Term 2019
October 9, 2019Marilyn Roossinck
The Pennsylvania State University
Lessons in Virus Ecology from Forty Years of Research
Host: Jerri Bartholomew
October 23, 2019Ran Blekhman
The University of Minnesota
Population and Functional Genomics of Host-Microbiome Interactions
Host: Tom Sharpton
November 6, 2019Mark Farman
UC Davis
Telomeric transposons: major drivers of fungal genome evolution and guards against genome change
Host: Michael Freitag
December 4, 2019Carolina Tropini
The University of British Columbia
Physical perturbations to the gut microbiota during health and disease
Host: Natalia Shulzhenko
Winter Term 2020
January 8, 2020Chris Hittinger
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Joey Spatafora
Genomic and metabolic evolution across budding yeasts
January 22, 2020Audrey Gasch
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Host: Michael Freitag
The genetic basis of aneuploidy tolerance in wild yeast
February 19, 2020Jill Banfield
UC Berkeley
Host: Steve Giovannoni
March 4, 2020Josh Cuperus
University of Washington
Host: Molly Megraw, John Fowler
Spring Term 2020
April 1, 2020Pankaj Kapahi
USC Leonard Davis
Host: Jaga Giebultowicz
April 15, 2020Jose Dinneny
Stanford University
Host: John Fowler
May 13, 2020TBD
May 27, 2020TBD
Fall Term 2018
September 26, 2018Andrew Cato
Karlsruhe Institutue of Technology, Germany
Development of Bag-1L as a Therapeutic Target in Androgen Receptor-Dependent Prostate Cancer
Host: Siva Kolluri
October 10, 2018Samara Reck-Peterson
UC San Diego
Molecular mechanisms of microtubule-based motors: how teams of motors work
Host: Michael Freitag
October 24, 2018Siobhan Brady
UC Davis
From networks to switches: systems approaches to unravel the control of biological processes necessary for plant life
Host: John Fowler/Molly Megraw
November 7, 2018Fitnat Yildiz
UC Santa Clara
Mechanisms and regulation of biofilm formation in Vibrio cholerae
Host: Claudia Hase
Winter Term 2019
Feruary 8, 2019William Hersh
Three amazing ideas about microbial biogeography that will blow your mind
Host: Denise Hynes
March 6, 2019Nadja Cech
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Anti-Virulence Strategies Against Drug Resistant Superbugs
Host: Sandra Loesgen
Spring Term 2019
April 3, 2019Chris Marx
University of Idaho
Phenotypic heterogeneity between genetically identical cells permits growth with letal levels of formaldehyde stress
Host: Patrick de Leenheer
April 17,. 2019Melissa Haendel
The Yellow Brick Road of Open Science: Barriers to bringing data to its highest valued use
Host: Brett Tyler
May 1, 2019Kristine Alpi
Host: Melissa Haendel
May 15, 2019Lucia Carbone
Host: Tom Sharpton
May 29, 2019Andrew Kern
University of Oregon
Putting the HAL in Haldane: leveraging supervised machine learning for population genetics
Host: Aaron Liston
Fall Term 2017
September 27, 2017Geoffrey Wahl
The Salk Institute
Understanding Intra-tumoral heterogeneity using a developmental lens
Host: Arup Indra
October 11, 2017David Thomas
Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics
University of Minnesota
Muscle Protein Structural Dynamics and Therapeutic Discovery 
Host: Weihong Qiu
October 25, 2017
Cosponsored by the Departments of Microbiology and Chemistry

**Withycombe 109**
Paul Jensen
Center for Marine Biotechnology & Biomedicine
UC San Diego
Ecological and evolutionary perspectives on secondary metabolism in marine actinobacteria
Host: Sandra Loesgen
November 8, 2017Brenna Henn
Stony Brook University
What do we gain by studying African genomes? : Examples from human evolution
Host: Thomas Sharpton 
December 6, 2017
Pat Schloss
University of Michigan
Understanding Disease through the Lens of the Microbiome
Host: Thomas Sharpton 
Winter Term 2018
February 7, 2018Scott Landfear
Dept of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Critical Roles for Glucose Transporters in Parasitic Protozoa: From Cell Biology to Drug Discovery
Host: Sandra Loesgen
February 21, 2018Jason Slot
Fungal Evolutionary Genomics
The Ohio State University
Investigating fungal chemical ecology with evolutionary genomics
Host: Michael Freitag
March 7, 2018Rosalie Sears
Molecular and Medical Genetics
Modeling and targeting intra-tumor phenotypic heterogeneity and cellular plasticity
Host: Siva Kolluri
Spring Term 2018
April 4, 2018John Taylor
UC Berkeley
The species problem for fungi in the era of genomics
Host: Nik Grünwald
April 18, 2018Catherine Royer
Biological Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Pressure-based mapping of protein conformational landscapes
Host: Elisar Barbar
May 2, 2018Maret Traber
Linus Pauling Institute
Oregon State University
Ferroptosis, Mechanism of Cell Death in Vitamin E Deficiency During Embryogenesis?
May 16, 2018Steve Reichow
Portland State  University
Native Lens Gap Junctions Visualized at Near-Atomic Resolution by CryoEM
Host: Elisar Barbar
May 29, 2018
NOTE: Date change
Tuesday, May 29   3:30-4:30    ALS 4001
Rebecca Fry
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
UNC Chapel Hill 
The placental epigenome as a driver of early and later life health effects
Host: Molly Kile
Fall Term 2016
September 28, 2016Matthew Andrews 
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Administration
OSU, Dept of Biochemistry & Biophysics
Genes that control hibernation in mammals
October 12, 2016Zhongchi Liu
University of Maryland
Genomic approaches to identify genes and gene networks that regulate strawberry fruit development 

Host: Steve Strauss
October 26, 2016Susannah Tringe
Joint Genome Institute
Microbial communities and greenhouse gas cycling in coastal wetlands
Host: Dave Myrold
November 9, 2016William Cresko
University of Oregon
The genomic basis of stickleback evolution in 50 years
Host: Brett Tyler
December 7, 2016
 Speaker rescheduled to February 1, 2017
Winter Term 2017
January 18, 2017Keith Dunker
Indiana University
A Toolkit for Developmental Biology:
Intrinsically Disordered Protein, Alternative Splicing, and Post-translational Modification (IDP-AS-PTM)
Host: Andy Karplus 
February 1, 2017Liang Huang
OSU, Computer Science
Linear-Time Prediction of RNA Secondary Structures 
February 15, 2017Sue Biggins
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
How do cells get the right chromosomes?
Host: Michael Freitag 
March 7, 2017Special Seminar
4:00 – 5:00 pm
ALS 4001
Yuanchao Wang
Nanjing Agricultural University, China
Defense and counter-defense during Phytophthora infection
Host: Brett Tyler
March 15, 2017Aaron Wright
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Activity-based profiling of nutrient acquisition and metabolism in microbes and microbial communities
Host: Dave Myrold
Spring Term 2017
April 5, 2017Noah Fierer
University of Colorado Boulder
Searching for simplicity amidst the complexity of the soil microbiome
Host: Thomas Sharpton 
April 19, 2017Lisa Fauci
Tulane University
Explorations in the bio-fluid-mechanics of locomotion
Host: Juan Restrepo 
May 3, 2017John Reinitz
University of Chicago
From Drosophilidae to Sepsidae…and Back Again
Host: David Hendrix
May 17, 2017Laura Heiser
Oregon Health & Science University
An integrative systems biology approach to study therapeutic response in breast cancer
Host: Siva Kolluri
May 31, 2017June Medford
Colorado State University
Plant Synthetic Biology:  From Computational Protein Designs and Engineering Approaches comes a pathway to sustainable systems
Host: Molly Megraw
Fall Term 2014
October 1, 2014Robert Cardiff
Center for Comparative Medicine
University of California, Davis
Overdiagnosis and Overtreatment in Cancer: Lessons from the Mouse
Host: Siva Kolluri
October 15, 2014John Hammer
Molecular Cell Biology Section
NIH: National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute
Using mouse coat color mutants to explore motor protein: organelle interactions
Host: Valerian Dolja
October 29, 2014Jennifer Pett-Ridge
Physical & Life Sciences Directorate
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
From cradle to grave: Microbial C transformations in the rhizosphere
Host: David Myrold
November 12, 2014James Van Etten
Department of Plant Pathology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Unusual Lifestyle of Giant Algal Viruses
Host: Thomas Wolpert
Winter Term 2015
January 21, 2015A.S.N. Reddy
Department of Biology
Colorado State University
Global analysis of targets of a splicing regulator in Arabidopsis: Implications in stress responses
Host: Sergei Filichkin
February 4, 2015Daniel Bikle
Department of Medicine & Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco
The vitamin D receptor as a tumor suppressor in skin
Host: Arup Indra
February 18, 2015Jason Stajich
Plant Pathology and Microbiology Dept
University of California, Riverside
Evolutionary and functional genomics in early diverging fungi
Host: Nik Grünwald
March 4, 2015Ilya Shmulevich
Institute for Systems Biology
Integrative Analysis of Data from The Cancer Genome Atlas
Host: Stephen Ramsey
March 10, 2015C. Titus Brown
UC Davis Genome Center
Concepts and tools for exploring very large sequencing data sets: how can we move more quickly to hypotheses?
Host:  Thomas Sharpton
Spring Term 2015
April 1, 2015Mike Waterman
National Academy of Sciences Member
Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Southern California
Using Word Counts for Alignment Free Sequence Analysis
Seminar co-sponsors:  Mathematics Department, Statistics Department,
School of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
April 15, 2015No seminar
April 29, 2015Adam Bogdanove
Plant Pathology & Plant-Microbe Biology
Cornell University
Diversity of TAL effectors in nature in relation to their utility in genome editing and other DNA targeting applications
Host: Steve Strauss
May 13, 2015Susan Tilton
Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
Oregon State University
An integrative systems toxicology approach to understanding environmental risk factors in lung disease
May 27, 2015Adreas Bäumler
Dept of Medical Microbiology & Iummunology
University of California, Davis
How the host response feeds Enterobacteriaceae
Host: Luiz Bermudez
Fall Term 2013
October 2, 2013William Muller
Department of Biochemistry
McGill University, Quebec, Canada
Oncogene-mediated signal transduction in transgenic models of breast cancer
Host: Siva Kolluri
October 16, 2013Steve DiFazio
Department of Biology
West Virginia University
Population Genomics of Populus trichocarpa
Host: Steve Strauss
October 30, 2013Jamie Cate
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California, Berkeley
From Neurospora to yeast: Pathways to sustainable biofuels
Host: Jon Galazka
November 13, 2013Vladimir Botchkarev
Boston University
Epigenetic regulation of Keratinocyte differentiation and reprogramming
Host: Arup Indra
Winter Term 2014
January 8, 2014Vanessa Sperandio
Department of Microbiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
EHEC sings: Pour some sugar on me

Host: Luiz Bermudez
January 22, 2014Trent Northen
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Metabolic dark matter: mass spectrometry explorations of bacterial metabolism
Host: Steve Giovannoni
February 5, 2014John Taylor
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
University of California, Berkeley
Population genomics of fungi: divergence, adaptation and genome wide association
Host: Joey Spatafora
February 19, 2014Nick Grishin
Department of Biochemistry
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Is bioinformatics beyond BLAST useful?
Host: Andy Karplus 
March 5, 2014Weihong Qiu
Department of Physics
Oregon State University
Shining Light on the Mechanism of Molecular Motor Proteins
Spring Term 2014
April 2, 2014Robin Buell
Department of Plant Biology
Michigan State University
Exploring the diversity of wild and cultivated potato through genomics
Host: Elizabeth Savory
April 16, 2014Nancy Keller
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Insights into the fungal secondary metabolome
Host: Joey Spatafora
April 30, 2014No seminar
May 14, 2014Eric Nielsen
Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology
University of Michigan
The roles of CSLD proteins in polarized cell wall deposition in Arabidopsis
Host: Valerian Dolja
May, 21, 2014Special Seminar3:30 – 4:30 pm
Crop Science Bldg
Room 122

Biswarup Mukhopadhyay
Department of Biochemistry
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Development of biological sulfate reduction and thioredoxin systems and methanogenic archaea
May 28, 2014Colin Johnson
Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
Oregon State University

The Emerging Roles of the Ferlin Family of Proteins in Membrane Trafficking and Human Disease
Fall Term 2012
October 3, 2012Sean Megason
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Harvard Medical School“In toto imaging and modeling reveal higher scale principles of embryonic patterning”

Host: Robert Tanguay
October 17, 2012Axel Brunger
Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University“Insights into the molecular mechanism of synaptic vesicle fusion”Host: Andy Karplus
October 31, 2012Yanming Di
Department of Statistics
Oregon State University

“Statistical methods for gene mapping with pedigree data: linkage, association and identity-by-descent (IBD)”
November 14, 2012Dennis Carson
Moores Cancer Center
University of California – San Diego

“Cancer stem cells as therapeutic targets”
Host: Siva Kolluri
November 28, 2012
Richard Caprioli
Department of Biochemistry
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

“Molecular Imaging of Tissue Sections by Mass Spectrometry”

Host: Craig Marcus
AnchorWinter Term 2013
January 9, 2013Victor Nizet
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of California – San Diego

Probing the Host-Pathogen Interface for New Therapeutic Targets

Host: Luiz Bermudez
January 23, 2013Iain Cheeseman
Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research “Generating a Dynamic Kinetochore-Microtubule Interface”Host: Michael Freitag
February 6, 2013Yi Liu
Univsity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center“Less is more, codon usage regulates protien expression, structure and function” 
Host: Michael Freitag
February 20, 2013Mark Martindale
Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
University of Florida“The jelly ball genome: insights from a ctenophore, an early metazoan lineage”Host: Barbara Taylor
March 6, 2013Eli Meyer
Department of Zoology
Oregon State Univeristy“2b-RAD, a cost effective method for genome-wide SNP genotyping”
March 20, 2013
 Additional seminar
Yuanchao Wang
Department of Plant Pathology
Nanjing Agricultural University, China“Functional analysis of Phytophthora sojae RxLR effectors”
Spring Term 2013
April 3, 2013Jeffrey Bennetzen
Department of Genetics
University of Georgia“Mechanisms and rates of local genome rearrangement in angiosperms”Host: Pankaj Jaiswal 
April 17, 2013  Richard Hamelin
Department of Forest Sciences
University of British Columbia“A tale of two poplar pathogens”Host: Nik Grunwald
May 1, 2013Vitaly Citovsky
Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Stony Brook University“Plant-Pathogen Arms Race: How Agrobacterium Subverts Host Defense”Host: Valerian Dolja
May 15, 2013Eric Selker
The Institute of Molecular Biology
University of Oregon“Genome defense, gene silencing and epigenetic dynamics in Neurospora”
Host: Michael Freitag
May 29, 2013Robbie Waugh
Cell and Molecular Sciences
The James Hutton Institute“Post domestication selection and adaptation in cultivated barley
Host: Pat Hayes 
May 30, 2013  11:00 – noon  LPSC 402
 Additional seminar
Gitta Coaker
Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis“Unraveling Plant Immune Perception and Signaling”
Host: Jeff Chang
Fall Term 2010
October 6, 2010Sophien Kamoun
The Sainsbury Laboratory
John Innes Centre
Norwich, United Kingdom

“The secrets of a plant killer: Evolution and function of Phytophthora effectors”

Host: Niklaus Grunwald
October 20, 2010Matteo Pellegrini
Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
University of California, Los Angeles

“Epigenetic and Transcriptomic Profiling using Illumina Sequencers”

Host: Jim Carrington
November 3, 2010Canceled
November 17, 2010Judith Berman
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
University of Minnesota

“Centromeres and neocentromeres in Candida albicans”

Host: Michael Freitag
December 1, 2010
Postponed to January 26, 2011
Inder Verma
Laboratory of Genetics
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

“Cancer: a malady of genes”

Host: Arup Indra
Winter Term 2011
January 12, 2011Cancelled
January 26, 2011Inder Verma
Laboratory of Genetics
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

“Cancer: a malady of genes”

Host: Arup Indra
February 9, 2011W. Kelley Thomas
Hubbard Center for Genome Studies
University of New Hampshire

“Ultra-deep 454 sequencing of the meiofaunal biosphere: practice, promises and pitfalls”

Host: Dee Denver
February 23, 2011Cancelled
March 9, 2011
Danny Schnell
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

“Studies of Chloroplast Protein Targeting and Membrane Expansion as a Model for Understanding Organelle Biogenesis and Homeostasis”

Host: Valerian Dolja
Spring Term 2011
April 6, 2011Ruedi Aebersold
Institute of Molecular Systems Biology
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
Zürich, Switzerland

“Proteomics and Systems Biology”

Host: Mark Leid
April 20, 2011Jeffrey Townsend
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Yale University
“Phylogenetic and comparative transcriptomic analysis of fungal fruiting body development”Host: Joey Spatafora
Friday, April 29, 2011Ellen Rothenberg
Division of Biology
California Institute of Technology
Transcriptional control of T-cell lineage identity” Host: Mark Leid
June 1, 2011Graham Hatfull
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
“Exploration and Exploitation of Mycobacteriophages” Hosts: Dee Denver, Theo Dreher and Barbara Taylor