Upcoming Seminar

September 2, 4:10 PM; Biology B-19
Transmission of an epigenetic "memory of germline" from parents to offspring in C. elegans
Susan Strome, Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz

All Biology Department Seminars are free and open to the public. Seminars take place Fridays at 4:10 PM in B-19 in the basement of the Biology Building on the Reed College Campus (unless otherwise noted on the schedule). Seminars are immediately preceded by a service of coffee, tea, and other refreshments.

The Reed College campus is located in southeast Portland at 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. (Online maps are available for getting to Reed and for the Campus).

2016-17 Schedule


4:10-5:00 in Biology B-19 (unless otherwise noted).
Directions to Reed.

Sept 2Transmission of an epigenetic "memory of germline" from parents to offspring in C. elegans
Susan Strome, Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz

Abstract: How epigenetic memory is passed from parents to offspring and through development are areas of intense investigation. In C. elegans, both sperm and oocytes transmit a memory of gene repression and gene expression to embryos in the form of modified histones, methylated H3K27 for repression and methylated H3K36 for expression. During DNA replication modified histones are passed to daughter chromatids and can provide chromatin memory for a few cell divisions. Histone-modifying enzymes (PRC2 for repression and MES-4 for expression) are needed to replenish histone modifications and provide long-term chromatin memory. Such memory is required for development of the next generation of germ cells.

Sept 9TBD
Boldmero Olivera, University of Utah

Research focus: discovery and characterization of venom components, identification of their molecular targets, and an exploration of potential biomedical applications in venomous marine snails.

Sept 13
Time: 12:10 PM
Forensic DNA transfer: Your DNA goes places you have never been.
Dr Georgina Meakin, University College London

Georgina conducts and directs research into the transfer and persistence of DNA and other trace evidence. She is particularly interested in the indirect transfer of DNA and how this affects the evaluation of trace DNA in casework. She collaborates with DNA experts from across the world to progress and raise the profile of this important area of research. Georgina still consults in casework to ensure that her research addresses the critical issues faced in forensic science practice, and also lectures on the Crime and Forensic Science MSc programme.

Sept 16
Location: Kaul
Student Summer Research Fellows Poster Session
Sept 23TBD
Erik Zonrik, Reed College

Research focus: fundamental principles of nervous system organization, function, and modification to understand how behaviors are generated and modified

Sept 30TBD
Becky Packard, Mt. Holyoke

Research focus: to understand how young people without easily identifiable role models and mentors in career domains (particularly in science and technology) manage to find the mentoring they need and sustain their desired possible selves, or who they hope to become in the future.

Oct 7TBD
Alex Wilson, University of Miami

Research Focus: insect/bacterial nutritional symbioses to advance understanding of the mechanisms and processes regulating host/symbiont interactions

Oct 14No seminar, Friday before Fall break
Oct 21No seminar, Fall break
Oct 28TBD
Kara Cerveny, Reed College

Research Focus: To understand how tissues of the appropriate size and composition are formed by learning how neuronal stem cells behave in the growing zebrafish retina

Nov 4TBD
Margot Quinlan , University of California, Los Angeles

Research focus: using biochemistry, microscopy and genetic approaches to study regulation of the cytoskeleton.

Nov 11TBD
Idelle Cooper , James Madison University

Research focus: investigating selection pressure through the social environment (mate choice and species recognition) and the ecological environment (viability)

Nov 18TBD
Arturo Casadevall, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Research focus: How microbes cause diseases & how hosts protect themselves against microbes.

Nov 25No seminar, Thanksgiving break
Dec 2No seminar, Thesis Parade


4:10-5:00 in Biology B-19 (unless otherwise noted).
Directions to Reed.

Seminar schedule coming soon.