Current Theme: Interdisciplinary Research

All seminars are held Fridays at 12:10 p.m. at 1005 Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility (GBSF Main Auditorium).

Please note: All MMI 291 seminars will continue via Zoom.

January 22, 2021

Speaker: Colin R. Parrish, Ph.D., John M. Olin Professor of Virology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

Lecture:Understanding emerging epidemic viruses in animals - mechanisms, evolution and epidemiology” (PDF)

January 29, 2021

Speaker: Benjamin Laufer, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, Perinatal Origins of Disparities Center, Genome Center, Environmental Health Sciences Center, MIND Institute

Lecture: "Epigenomic Profiling of Neurodevelopmental Disorders”

February 5, 2021

Speaker: Juan Castillo, Chemistry Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis

Lecture: TBD

February 12, 2021

Speaker: Taylor Reiter, PhD Candidate, Food Science Graduate Group, Lab for Data Intensive Biology, University of California, Davis

Lecture: TBD

February 19, 2021

Speaker: Oliver Fregoso, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

Lecture: TBD

February 26, 2021

Speaker: Lucie Etienne, Ph.D., Chargée de Recherche, CNRS

Research Group: “Evolution of virus-host interactions, and impact on cross-species transmission”

Lab: “Host-pathogen interaction during lentiviral infection”
CIRI, Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie

March 12, 2021

Speaker: Chorong Park, Microbiology Graduate Group, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Rothenburg Lab, UC Davis

Lecture: TBD

October 9, 2020

Speaker: Jill L Silverman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, MIND Institute and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California Davis School of Medicine

Lecture: “Translational Outcomes Following Developmental Exposure to Environmental Risk Factors in Neurodevelopmental Disorders” (PDF)

October 16, 2020

Speaker: Margaret McFall-Ngai, Ph.D., Professor, University of Hawai'i, Director, Pacific Biosciences Research Center

Lecture: “The complex daily rhythms of the squid-vibrio symbiosis” (PDF)

October 23, 2020

Speaker: Sanchita Bhatnagar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia, School of Medicine Cancer Center

Lecture: “Targeting Epigenetic Vulnerabilities in Cancer and Rett Syndrome” (PDF)

October 30, 2020

Speaker: Flora Tassone, Ph.D., Professor In-Residence, MIND Institute, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine

Lecture: “Molecular biomarkers in Fragile X syndrome and associated disorders” (PDF)

November 13, 2020

Speaker: Christopher Weiss, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Lecture: “SARS-CoV-2 Small Animal Models for Therapeutic Evaluation” (PDF)

November 20, 2020

Speaker: Diana Taft, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Food Science & Technology, UC Davis

Lecture: “Dominance of Bifidobacterium in the infant gut microbiome and implications for health” (PDF)

December 4, 2020

Speaker: Janine LaSalle, Ph.D., Professor, Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UC Davis

Lecture: “Mining the Perinatal Epigenome for Insights into Autism Risk and Multifactorial Health Disparities” (PDF)

December 11, 2020

Speaker: Eugene Oltz, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Microbial Infection & Immunity, Samuel Saslaw Professor of Infectious Diseases, The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center

Lecture: “Normal and Pathogenic regulatory circuits in human lymphoid cells” (PDF)

Contact the IOR, Dr. José V. Torres (, if you would like to meet with the speaker.