Seminar Series

The Department of Biology’s Seminar Series will feature a diverse group of national and international scientists in the fields of Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Time: 12:30pm to 1:30 pm (unless noted otherwise).

Winter 2021

Date Host Speaker Topic
Feb. 1 Dr. Nikola Kovinich and Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi Dr. Dan Voytas, University of Minnesota Overcoming Bottlenecks in Editing Plant Genomes
Feb. 8 Dr. Lawrence Packer and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Silas Bossert, Cornell University  What can ultraconserved DNA tell us about bee evolution?
Feb. 15, No Seminar - - -
Feb. 22 Dr. Amro Zayed Dr.Rajendhran Rajakumar, University of Ottawa  From Cells to Societies: Interorgan Communication and the Developmental Evolution of Complex Phenotypes in Ants
March 8 Dr. Vivian Saridakis, Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi Dr. Ashleigh Tuite, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto  The COVID-19 End Game
March 15 Dr. Steven Connor, Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Julie Lefebvre, University of Toronto Strategies for wiring inhibitory neurons into circuits
March 22 Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Dorota Crawford, York University  Neurobiology of Lipid Signaling in the Developing Brain: Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders
March 29 Dr. Scott Kelly,  Dr. Amro Zayed and Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi Dr. Sima Jonusaite, University of Guelph Invertebrate septate junction proteins: roles in epithelial morphogenesis, transport, and beyond
Fall 2020 


Date Host Speaker Topic
Sept. 14 Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Stephanie Wales Tobin, Toronto General Hospital Research Institute The role of immune cell aging on skeletal muscle repair
Sept. 21 Dr. Vivian Saridakis, Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Aled Edwards, University of Toronto/Oxford University Open science - from genes to affordable medicines
Sept. 28 Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Ben Matthews, University of British Columbia Thirsting for blood and hunting for water: genetics and neurobiology of mosquito behaviour
Oct. 5 Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Nilay Yapici, Cornell University Neural control of foraging and food intake
Oct. 12,                NO SEMINAR/READING WEEK - - -
Oct. 15@11 am. Dr. Ron Pearlman Dr. Rolf Kemler & Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim - [(Dr. Rolf Kemler-2020 Canada Gairdner International Laureate, "Cadherins in Mouse Development")] [(Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim-2020 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate, "Preventing HIV in Young Women in Africa: A Public Health Imperative")]
Oct. 19 Dr. Chris Lortie and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Jacob Lucero, York University Earth's biodiversity is shrinking and homogenizing, and invasive species are a major cause. Here, I discuss how positive and negative species interactions interface with environmental change to affect the trajectory of biological invasions in changing ecosystems globally
Oct. 26@4:30 pm.  Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Andrew Walker, University of Queensland Structure and function of venom and silk polypeptides produced by arthropods
Nov. 2 Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Katie Marshall, University of British Columbia Mechanisms of plasticity in invertebrate cold tolerance at the continental and local scale
Nov. 9 Dr. Sapna Sharma and Dr. Amro Zayed Peter Soroye, University of Ottawa Climate change and land use change impacts on pollinators
Nov. 16 Dr.Raymond Kwong, Dr. Georg Zoidl, Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Marc Ekker, Dept. of Biology, University of Ottawa Development of dopaminergic and GABAergic neurons in zebrafish: from embryos to adults
Nov. 23 Dr. Chris Lortie and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Alex Filazzola, University of Alberta and York University Understanding extremes in ecology in a changing world
Nov.30 Dr. Amro Zayed and Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi Dr. Olav Rueppell, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta The obvious and the obscure of the honey bee ovary
Dec. 7 Dr.Jean-Paul Paluzzi and Dr. Amro Zayed Dr. Robert Huber, Trent University Using the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum to study Batten disease