Biological Sciences

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Designing new tools for synthetic biology in mammalian cells
Dr Velia Siciliano (Imperial College London)
Thu 23 Nov 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Michael Swann building, seminar room 7.20 King's Buildings
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The evolution and function of oxygen sensing in plants
Professor Mike Holdsworth, Plant and Crop Science Division, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham
Mon 27 Nov 2017, 12:05 - 13:00
Swann 7.15

Shared resources by the numbers
Andras Gyorgy (NYU Abu Dhabi)
Tue 28 Nov 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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Function and execution of RTEL1 activities at vertebrate telomeres
Dr simon Boulton, Francis Crick Institute, London
Mon 04 Dec 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Daniel Rutherford G.27

Still to be confirmed
Christian Kurts (Bonn)
Thu 07 Dec 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT1)

IEB Seminar 8th December
Vanessa Ezenwa (Georgia)
Fri 08 Dec 2017, 15:00 - 16:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT1)

IEB Seminar 13th December 2017
Naomi Pierce (Harvard)
Wed 13 Dec 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


IEB Seminar 17th January 2018
John Parsch (Munich)
Wed 17 Jan 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 24th January
Alison Wright (Sheffield)
Wed 24 Jan 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 7th February
Diethard Tautz (Max Plank Institute, Ploen)
Wed 07 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 14th February 2018
Sara Sawyer (Colorado)
Wed 14 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 21st Feb 2018
John James Wilson (Beijing)
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


IEB Seminar 21st March 2018
Peter Sarkies (MRC, London)
Wed 21 Mar 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 28th March 2018
Thomas Flatt (Fribourg)
Wed 28 Mar 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Seminar 4th April 2018
David Duneau (Toulouse)
Wed 04 Apr 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Feathers and function; homology and deep homology
Mike Benton (Bristol)
Wed 09 May 2018, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



Meiotic recombination and chromatin landscapes in plant genomes
Dr Ian Henderson, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge
Mon 13 Nov 2017, 12:05 - 13:00
Swann 7.20



IEB Seminar 8th November
Luis Miguel Chevin (Montpellier)
Wed 08 Nov 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Visualising the regulation of bacterial DNA repair and mutagenesis using single-molecule and single-cell microscopy
Dr Stephan Uphoff, Department of Biochemistry, Oxford
Mon 06 Nov 2017, 12:05 - 13:00
Swann 7.15



The impact of the host microenvironment on plant disease development
Professor Gail Preston, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
Mon 30 Oct 2017, 12:05 - 13:00
Swann 7.15



Soon to be confirmed
Professor Gary Karpen, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California Berkeley, USA
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 12:05 - 13:00
Swann 7.15

Probing host-pathogen interactions with chemical genetics
Corrie Detweiler (Colorado)
Thu 19 Oct 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT1)


To be confirmed
Dr Marina Lusic, Department of Infectious Diseases, Virology, Universität Heidelberg
Mon 09 Oct 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Daniel Rutherford G.27



NanoBiotechnology and Synthetic Biology Design Approaches towards the Development of Smart Therapeutics Against Infectious Diseases
J.Ruben Morones-Ramirez (NanoBiotechnology Research Grp, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León)
Wed 04 Oct 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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Competitive interactions in heterogeneous cell populations: a multimodal imaging, machine learning and computational modelling
Dr Alan Lowe, Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology, University College London
Mon 02 Oct 2017, 12:05 - 13:00
Swann 7.15

**Seminar now cancelled**
Ricard Sole (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)
Thu 28 Sep 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Michael Swann building, seminar room 7.20 King's Buildings
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When African trypanosomes make your skin crawl
Brice Rotureau (Pasteur)
Thu 28 Sep 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT1)

“Evolution and the life history of the genome”
William Etges (Arkansas)
Wed 27 Sep 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Characterization of the S locus supergene controlling heterostyly in Darwin’s Primroses
Professor Phil Gilmartin, Faculty of Science, University of East Anglia
Mon 25 Sep 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Daniel Rutherford G.27

Targeting Inclusion, Researching Change: The Stakes and Challenges of Changing Institutional Systems
Karen Salt (co-Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R), University of Nottingham)
Wed 20 Sep 2017, 16:00 - 17:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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Structural basis of meiotic chromosome synapsis through SYCP1 self-assembly
Dr Owen Davies, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, Newcastle University
Mon 18 Sep 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Daniel Rutherford G.27

The MscS bacterial mechanosensitive channel family
Samantha Miller (University of Aberdeen)
Thu 14 Sep 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Michael Swann building, seminar room 7.20 King's Buildings
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Clarifying the Complexity of Adaptive Evolution
John Pool (Wisconsin)
Wed 13 Sep 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Cohesin links inflammation and cancer
Prof. Matthias Merkenschlager, Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Imperial College London
Mon 11 Sep 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED

Making sense of sewage
James Chong - Microbiology, Department of Biology, University of York
Mon 04 Sep 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
Swann 7.15

TBC Bio 29/6
Cristina Lo Celso, Imperial College London
Thu 29 Jun 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Science publishing - behind the scenes at Nature
Francesca Cesari (Chief Biological Sciences Editor at Nature)
Tue 27 Jun 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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What transcriptional noise tells us about the cell inside
Professor Víctor de Lorenzo (National Center for Biotechnology, Madrid)
Thu 22 Jun 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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IEB Seminar 14th June 2017
Ellen Leffler (Oxford)
Wed 14 Jun 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Host behaviour and disease spread in wild mice networks
Patricia Lopes (Zurich)
Wed 07 Jun 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

IEB Extra Seminar 6th June 2017
Martina Doblin (Sydney)
Tue 06 Jun 2017, 11:00 - 12:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

TBC Bio 1/6
Georgia Perona-Wright, University of Glasgow
Thu 01 Jun 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

The Genomic History of Killer Whale Ecotypes
Andy Foote (Bangor)
Wed 31 May 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


IEB Seminar 17th May 2017
John Davey (Oxford)
Wed 17 May 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



TBC Bio 20/4
Andrew Mellor, Newcastle University
Thu 20 Apr 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



Engineering cells, Building circuits
Ron Weiss (Professor of Biological Engineering and Director, Synthetic Biology Center at MIT)
Tue 04 Apr 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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Frequency doubling in the cyanobacterial circadian clock
Dr Bruno Martins (Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge)
Fri 31 Mar 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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Sex-differences in senescence patterns across mammals
Jean-Francois Lemaitre (Lyon)
Wed 29 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Chemotactic bacteria as mobile biosensory devices
Prof Victor Sourjik (Max Plank Institute for Terrestial Microbiology)
Thu 23 Mar 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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IEB seminar: 'Adaptive models of growth and maturation'
Rufus Johnstone (Cambridge)
Wed 22 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Transposable element evolution in Drosophila
Andrea Betancourt (Liverpool)
Wed 15 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)




Life history trade-offs: an experimental study in wild jackdaws
Jelle Boonekamp (Groningen)
Wed 01 Mar 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

DIAGNOSTICS USING NANOBIOSENSORS
Prof Arben Merkoçi (Spain national centre for nanotechnology)
Fri 24 Feb 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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Molecular evolution in parasitic flowering plants
Susann Wicke (Muenster)
Wed 22 Feb 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Title to be confirmed
Oliver Bannard
Thu 16 Feb 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

TBC
Oliver Bannard, University of Oxford
Thu 16 Feb 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)




Hormone-mediated maternal effects of the prenatal social environment
Nikolaus von Engelhardt (Plymouth)
Wed 01 Feb 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



Chiral shells, cells and F-molecules
Angus Davison (Nottingham)
Wed 25 Jan 2017, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Understanding cellular heterogeneity
Sarah Teichmann
Thu 19 Jan 2017, 13:00 - 14:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Active elasticity of cells
Ulrich Schwarz (Heidelberg University, BioQuant and Institute for Theoretical Physics)
Thu 12 Jan 2017, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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The Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales
Darren Croft (Exeter)
Thu 08 Dec 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Synchrony in phenology in space and time
Ella Cole (Oxford)
Wed 07 Dec 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Quantitative and systems analysis of RAS/MAPK signalling networks
Christina Kiel (Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona)
Thu 24 Nov 2016, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's

Unravelling retrovirus and transposon evolution
Alex Hayward (Cornwall)
Wed 23 Nov 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)








What did we learn from high-coverage archaic genomes?
Kay Pruefer (Max Planck, Leipzig)
Wed 26 Oct 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Mega-evolutionary dynamics of the adaptive radiation of birds
Gavin Thomas (Sheffield)
Wed 19 Oct 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Regulation of cell size and shape in bacteria
Sven van Teeffelen Institute Pasteur
Thu 06 Oct 2016, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's

Seasonality and cold hardiness of temperate trees
Yann Vitasse (Switzerland)
Wed 05 Oct 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



Nucleosome positioning in vivo driven by the DNA sequence
Francisco Antequera (The Institute of Functional Biology and Genomics (IBFG) Salamanca (Spain))
Thu 22 Sep 2016, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's

A global scale comparative study of biological invasions
Isabella Capellini (Hull)
Wed 21 Sep 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Monday Seminar Series: 'Synthetic Biology meets Structural Biology: New Perspectives and Opportunities.'
Professor Imre Berger, School of Biochemistry, University of Bristol
Mon 19 Sep 2016, 12:00 - 13:00
Daniel Rutherford G.27

Introgression Across the European House Mouse Hybrid Zone
Stuart Baird (Studenec, Czech Republic)
Wed 08 Jun 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

EIG: Mathematical modelling of human CD8 CTL responses during viral infections
Becca Asquith, Imperial College London
Thu 26 May 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



EIG: Development and Homeostasis of tissue resident myeloid cells
Elisa Gomez Perdiguero, Pasteur Institute, France
Thu 12 May 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



EIG: How B cell sense antigen
Michael Reth, MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Germany
Thu 28 Apr 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


EIG: Immunology and immunopathogenesis of malaria infections
Jean Langhorne, Francis Crick Institute
Thu 14 Apr 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


EIG: Host-bacterial interactions and intestinal inflammation
Kevin Maloy, University of Oxford
Thu 31 Mar 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Protective symbiosis: does it really work in nature?
Jan Hrcek (Oxford)
Wed 09 Mar 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

EIG: Oral mucosa Immune responses
Joanne Konkel, University of Manchester
Thu 03 Mar 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


Recent changes in the phenology of UK plants and animals
Stephen Thackeray (CEH, Lancaster)
Wed 24 Feb 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

EIG: Stroke Induced Immune Depression (SIDS)
Andreas Meisel, Charite Berlin, Germany
Thu 18 Feb 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


How sexual conflict shapes insect phenotypes
Jen Perry (Oxford)
Wed 10 Feb 2016, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

EIG: Molecular basis of fatal fungal infection
Robin May, University of Birmingham
Thu 04 Feb 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)



EIG: IL-33, an alarm signal for group 2 innate lymphoid cells
Jean-Philippe Girard, CNRS, France
Thu 21 Jan 2016, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Male and female from a hermaphrodite vantage-point
Lukas Scharer (Basel)
Wed 09 Dec 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

The mutational burden of regulatory function
Martin Taylor (Edinburgh)
Wed 02 Dec 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

EIG: NK cell receptors across species
John Hammond, The Pirbright Institute
Thu 26 Nov 2015, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)


EIG: Tyro3/Axl/Mer receptor tyrosine kinases in the immune system
Greg Lemke, SALK Institute, USA
Thu 19 Nov 2015, 16:00 - 17:00
Welcome Auditorium (QMRI)

Biased gene conversion: the dark side of recombination
Laurent Duret (Lyon)
Wed 18 Nov 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)





EIG: Lymph node stromal cells in the initiation and regulation of immune responses
Anne Fletcher, University of Birmingham
Thu 29 Oct 2015, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)





Human disease genes and natural selection: Why do we age?
Arcadi Navarro (Barcelona)
Tue 13 Oct 2015, 16:00 - 17:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Harnessing synthetic biology for the production of high-value chemicals
Eriko Takano (Manchester Centre for Synthetic Biology of Fine and Speciality Chemicals (SYNBIOCHEM), Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, University of Manchester)
Thu 08 Oct 2015, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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Flip/flop inversion polymorphisms in yeast evolution
Ken Wolfe (Dublin)
Wed 30 Sep 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)

Designing materials and gene expression at lower cost
Dr Tom Ellis (Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation and Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London)
Thu 24 Sep 2015, 12:00 - 13:00
C.H Waddington Building, Seminar room 1.08, King's Building's
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The Invisible Hand of the Black Queen: Reductive Evolution in the Ocean (and Elsewhere)
Jeff Morris (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Wed 09 Sep 2015, 14:00 - 15:00
Ashworth Laboratories (LT3)