Biology Colloquium Spring 2021

Due to the continuing COVID 19 pandemic, the Biology Department's Spring 2021 Colloquium Series will be online.  

Department of Biology
Spring 2021 Colloquium
Mondays 12:00 - 12:50 pm 
To join the presentations, please send an email to

Date/Host Speaker/Title of Presentation
Jan 25 Introduction to Spring 2021 Biology Colloquium, Dr. Joseph Lin, SSU Department of Biology
Feb 1
Anthony Venida, PhD Candidate, University of California, San Francisco. "Lysosomal Degradation of MHC-I Promotes Immune Evasion in Pancreatic Cancer"
Feb 8
Dr. Brian Helmuth, Northeastern University. Title: TBD
Feb 15
Dr. Mary Markiewicz, University of Kansas School of Medicine. "The Multifaceted Roles of NKG2D in Autoimmunity and Tumor Immunity"s”
Feb 22
Ben Young Landis, Creative Externalities.  "Science Careers"
Mar 1
Dr. Peter Wilker, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Title: TBD
Mar 8
Dr. Elizabeth Dahlhoff, Santa Clara University. Title: TBD
Mar 15
Natalie Graham, PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley. "Biodiversity Dynamics During Community Assembly"
Mar 22 SPRING BREAK (No Class)
Mar 29
Dr. Sarah Gravem, Oregon State University, Title: TBD 
Apr 5
Dr. Sage Arbor, Marian University.  "Using Data Across All of PubMed: How to Utilize Humanity’s Scientific Knowledge"
Apr 12
Dr. Irina Khilyas, Kazan Federal University. "Endolithic Microorganisms as a Source of Novel Secondary Metabolites"
Apr 19

Dr. Aaron Jenks, “Molecular Systematics and Ethnobotany within the New World Salvia subgenus Calosphace”

Apr 26
Dr. Damhnait McHugh, Colgate University. Title: TBD 
May 3
Dr. Rachel Holser, UC Santa Cruz. "A Top Predator in Hot Water: Effects of a Marine Heatwave on Foraging and Reproduction in the Northern Elephant Seal"
May 10
Joanna Elmore, Sonoma State University. "Transcriptional Responses to Heat Stress in a Montane Ectotherm"
Elliott Smeds, Sonoma State University. "Genomic Basis of Thermal Adaptation in a Montane Insect"