Biology Seminar Series Focuses on Innovation and Transformation

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The Biology Seminar Series continues to establish UB as a premier venue for innovation and exploration of cutting-edge topics in ecology, genetics, and medicine. Held Mondays from 12:30 to 1:20 via Zoom, this series focuses on innovative biological research by renowned experts.

These lectures give the students in the Biology program and beyond a window into the current research today. “Having outside speakers keeps us up to date in various fields,” says Professor of Biology Spiros Katsifis. “By inviting these researchers, we expose ourselves and our students to new developments. It’s an opportunity to exchange ideas. That’s very important.”

Topics this semester range from the first lecture on “Ecological Homogenization of Urban America” to “The Birth, Growth, and Transformation of a Novel Gene.”

“We’re really excited to have speakers covering such a broad range of both disciplines and careers,” says the Chair of the Biology Department, Dr. Kathleen Engelmann. “This semester’s lineup includes scientists in industry and government as well as academia, and they’re studying everything from drug development to embryos to landscapes.”

The following lectures are open and available to everyone who registers. “This series brings top minds in the field to talk about their ground breaking work,” declares Dr. Sergio Bibis, Assistant Professor of Biology. “Topics cover a wide range of disciplines in biology and we hope you can join us!”


The Biology Program Seminar Series, Mondays, 12:30-1:20, on Zoom

Contact Kathleen Engelman at for more information.

Dr. Peter Groffman, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Ecological Homogenization of Urban America

January 25

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Dr. Christopher Pedigo, Angion Biomedica Corporation

Chronic Kidney Disease: A New Role for Podocytes and Kinase Regulation

February 8

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Jenny Dickson, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Wildlife Division

Conserving Connecticut’s Wildlife: On-the-ground, in our Communities, and Across our Nation

February 22

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Dr. Poulikos Poulikakos, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Targeting Oncogenic Signaling for Cancer Therapy: From Resistance Mechanisms to Novel Therapeutic Strategies

March 15

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Dr. Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University

From Soma to Germ Line: Birth, Growth and Transformation of a Novel Gene

March 29

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Dr. Simon Møller, St. John's University

Parkinson’s Disease: From Molecular Mechanisms to New Diagnosis and Prognostic Biomarkers

April 12

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