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    As an important part of your professional education, Molecular Biology majors are expected to attend department seminars. Note that attending seminars and writing questions are required for graduation (see “Senior Capstone” in the Major's Handbook).  Molecular Biology seminars are scientific presentations given by faculty or guest speakers.  See the professor in charge of seminar scheduling for arrangements if you have suggestions for speakers. Once you have declared a Molecular Biology major, you will be notified by email of upcoming seminars on campus that are relevant for Biology majors. It is in your best interest to declare a Biology major before your junior year, in order to receive this information.

    • The list of seminars below is preliminary and will be updated as additional seminars are confirmed, so check back for updates.  Flyers for each seminar will also be posted in and around the Molecular Biology Office, 4th floor Olin Hall.  
    • If you enter after the start of the seminar, please try to enter as quietly as possible and avoid walking in front of the slide projector.
    • Questions are encouraged at the end of each seminar.
    • Seminars are free and open to the public.

    If you have any questions regarding seminars, or if you have a suggestion for a possible speaker, contact Sara Hanson ( and or Jennifer Garcia  (

    2019 - 2020 Seminars

    Block 1 - Thursday - September 12th, 2019  - 12:15 - Olin #481 
    Dr. Andrew Klocko - UCCS
    Title:  Characterizing the genome organization of the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa

    Block 2 - Wednesday - October 2nd  - 12:15 - Olin# 481 
    Dr.  Nicole Tartaglia - University of Colorado-Anschutz
    Title:  Sex Chromosome Disorders - Clinical Syndromes and Current Research

    Block 3 - Monday - November 11th, 2019  - 12:15 - Olin# 481 
    Dr.  Sarah Elgin - Washington University in St. Louis
    Title: "Living with Your Genome: A Fly's Eye View of Dealing with Repeats."

    Block 6 - Monday - March 2, 2020 - 12:15 - Olin 481
    Dr. Patrick Shih
    Title:  Reconstructing plant metabolism with synthetic biology

    Block 6 - Thursday - March 5, 2020  - 3:15pm - Tutt Science, Room 122 
    Dr.  John Kartesz -  Director, Biota of North America Program
    Title:  Digital North American Floristics at Your Fingertips


    Block 7 - Friday - April 3, 2020 - 12:15 - South Commons 
    Dr.  Kristen Wells
    Title: "Cell development at single cell resolution"

    Block 7 - Thursday - April 9, 2020 - 12:15 - Olin #480
    Dr. Scott J. Dixon - Stanford University
    Title: "The Chemical Biology of Nonapoptotic Cell Death"

    2018-19 Seminars

    2017-18 Seminars

    2016-17 Seminars

    2015-16 Seminars

    2014-15 Seminars

    2013-14 Seminars

    Senior Capstone Requirement: Biology Research Seminar and Abstracts

    Majors must submit satisfactory questions and attend 4 Molecular Biology seminars.  

    Acceptable Seminars

    • Molecular Biology Department seminars, including the keynote address at Biology Day
    • Biology seminars at UCCS, CU, CSU, DU, CU medical school, and Penrose or Memorial Hospitals, but ask your academic advisor before attending.
    • Selected seminars from other science departments at CC.  In your abstract clearly link the seminar to biology.  Again, ask your academic advisor before you attend non-Biology seminars.
    • Not eligible: student presentations, including Biology Day talks.

    Colorado College
    Molecular Biology Department

    14 E. Cache La Poudre
    Colorado Springs, CO 80903