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Spring 2017 Seminar Series

When: All seminars held Fridays from 11:10am to 12:00pm
Where: Fisher Hall 33-285

April 14, 2017

“A New Form of Biotechnology: Novel Data Logging Devices Reveal Secrets About the Lives of Marine Animals”

Dr. Scott Schaffer, Biology, San Jose State University

Host: Dr. Heather Liwanag

April 28, 2015

“Venom Proteins in Crocodilians? Genomes, Transcriptomes and the Innate Immune System of Alligators”

Dr. Mary White, Professor, Biological Sciences, Southern Louisiana University

Mary White received her B.S in Zoology at The University of Texas at Austin. She remained at Texas for her Ph.D. in the laboratory of William R. Jeffery, where she studied gene expression during early development in Ascidians. After finishing her doctorate, she taught for a semester, and then began a post-doc with James J. Bull and David Hillis developing a series of known phylogenies using bacteriophage to test methods of phylogenetic reconstruction. She finally left Texas and went to The Salk Institute in La Jolla, where she worked on a yeast artificial chromosome project. After a short stint in La Jolla, she and her husband moved to Hammond, Louisiana to begin jobs at Southeastern Louisiana University. She has been there for almost 26 years, and has worked on a variety of projects, from gene family evolution, to snake systematics, to evolution of germ cell determination mechanisms in vertebrates. She is currently collaborating with Mark Merchant, from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana on genes of the innate immune system in Crocodylians.

Host: Dr. Emily Taylor

May 5, 2017

“Evolution of Metabolic Genes”

Dr. Christopher Moyes, Professor of Comparative Biochemistry, Biology Department, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Animals use metabolic pathways to capture dietary energy and transform it into ATP, which is used to support all biological processes, including movement. The Moyes lab studies how animals regulate their genes and enzymes to ensure that metabolic pathways provide enough energy to meet biological demands.

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek

May 12, 2017

“Use of Pigs as a Translational Model of Human Disease”

Dr. Rodrigo Manjarin, Assistant Professor, Animal Science, Cal Poly SLO

Extensive research has been conducted over the past 20 years to determine an optimal amino acid (AA) profile in the diet to maximize efficiency of utilization of AA by the lactating and growing animal. However, responses from these studies have been inconsistent due to the lack of understanding behind the physiological mechanisms linking protein nutrition to AA utilization for milk and muscle protein synthesis. This seminar will discuss several approaches to improve efficiency of dietary protein utilization in mammary gland and skeletal muscle in pigs.

Dr. Manjarín is originally from Spain, where he earned his DVM degree at University of León. After working for a couple of years in a Small Animal Practice and in a Swine Artificial Insemination Center in Italy and Spain, and as Meat Inspector in England, he moved to East Lansing, MI, where he obtained a MS and PhD degrees in Animal Science at Michigan State University. He completed a second PhD in Veterinary Medicine at University of León, and then moved back to the US to pursue two consecutive Postdoctoral Fellowships at UC Davis, CA, and USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center, TX, before joining the Cal Poly team.

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek

May 18/19, 2017

COSAM Student Research Conference – No Seminar

May 26, 2017

“Species-Specific Responses of Juvenile Rockfish to Elevated pCO2: From Behavior to Genomics”

Dr. Cheryl Logan, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Sciences, CSU Monterey Bay

The Logan Lab focuses on the physiological mechanisms that marine animals use to survive in their environments, from the biochemical to the whole organismal level. In the face of climate change, understanding the mechanistic basis for why species ranges are shifting is fundamental to predicting which species will be the “winners” and “losers” in our changing environment. 

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek

June 2, 2017

“Behavior and Ecology of Live-bearing Fishes”

Dr. Ingo Schlupp, Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, College of Arts and Sciences, and Presidential Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma

Professor Schlupp is broadly interested in Ecology and Evolution. In particular, he seeks to understand some of the old, deep puzzles in Evolution, such as the Evolution of Meiosis, Speciation, and Large Scale Biogeography. Most of his work uses livebearing fishes as model organisms.

Host: Dr. Gita Kolluru

June 9, 2017

“Mating, Aggression and Boldness Behaviors in a Tropical Freshwater Fish”

Dr. Gita Kolluru, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Cal Poly SLO

The Kolluru lab studies sexual selection in livebearing freshwater fishes, and are currently working with the endemic Cuban species, Girardinus metallicus, to investigate how mating behavior is integrated with other aspects of phenotype, such as coloration, risk-taking and hormone levels.

Host: Dr. Lars Tomanek




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