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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 (

2021 - 2022 Seminars


Block 3 - N/A
SEMINAR - Virtual
Dr. Anna Scott - Seattle Children's Hospital and University of Washington
Title:  N/A


Block 4 - N/A

Title:  N/A


Block 6 - In-Person
Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett - HIH VRC (former); Harvard

Title:  N/A


Block 7 - Friday - April ?, 2022 - South Commons

Title:  N/A



2020 - 2021 Seminars

Block 2 - Thursday - October 1, 2020 - 1:00pm Mountain Time - Zoom
Dr. Sara Hanson
Title: Majors Meeting

Block 3 - Thursday - October 29, 2020 - 1:00pm Mountain Time - Zoom
Dr. Olivia Hatton - Colorado College
Title: "How Do We Talk About Human Variation in Genetics?"

Block 4 - Thursday - December 3, 2020 - 1:00pm Mountain Time - Zoom
Dr. Jennifer Garcia - Colorado College
Title: "How to present yourself as a professional: Cover Letters, CVs/Resumes and networking"




Block 7 - Friday - April 9, 2020 - 12:15 - South Commons
Dr. Kristen Wells
Title:  Cell development at single cell resolution



A link to our Majors meeting video and FAQ documents:

Majors Meeting:

Video recording of meeting:

FAQ documents:

Document with FAQs:



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.


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Colorado College
Molecular Biology Department

14 E. Cache La Poudre
Colorado Springs, CO 80903