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  Chair, Professor Darrell Killian.

2022-2023 Seminars

B3 - Thursday - October 27, 2022 - 3:15pm ZOOM
Dr. Jessica Warns - University of Colorado - Anschutz
TITLE:  Understanding caudal hindbrain organization and development in the early zebrafish using single-cell RNA-sequencing technology

B4 - Friday - December 2, 2022 Olin #481
Dr. Margaret Gustafson - NIEHS Science
Title:  "Mechanisms of Mitochondrial DNA Replication in Human Health and Disease”

 B4 -   Tuesday - December 6, 2022 - Olin #481 - 12:15
Dr. Spencer Gang - University of California, San Diego
Title:  A genetic ON/OFF switch regulates multi-tissue immunity in the nematode C. elegans

B4- Friday - December 9, 2022 - 12:15 - Olin #481
Dr. Alexandra Pike - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
TITLE:  " Single-stranded DNA binding proteins in DNA replication:  One
                size doesn't fit all"


B5 - Wednesday - February 15, 2023 - 12:15 - ZOOM
Dr. Cera Nieto - University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
TITLE:  The PD-L1 interactome in head and neck cancer


B6 - FRIDAY - March 17, 2023 - 12:15pm - South Commons
Dr.  Mariko Foecke
TITLE:  The aging landscape of mouse and human ovaries

B7 - April 6, 2023 - 12:15 -  Olin #481
Dr. Allison Swain - University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
TITLE:  Mechanisms of the m6A RNA modification in meditating cell state switches, from breast cancer to pathogenic yeast


B7 - April 18, 2023 - 12:15 - Olin #481
Dr. Johannes Menzel - University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
TITLE:  Isolation and analysis of rereplicated DNA by Rerep-Seq





















2021 - 2022 Seminars

 Block 3 - October 28 - 12:15 - Gaylord Hall
Dr. Juan Lucas Argueso


Block 3 - November 9th - 12:15
SEMINAR - Virtual
Dr. Anna Scott - Seattle Children's Hospital and University of Washington
Title:  "Peanut butter or a rare genetic disease?  Laboratory medicine and adventures looking for inborn errors of metabolism"


Block J - January 7, 2022 - 8:30am - 6:00pm - 
SEMINAR - Virtual (zoom)
Dr. Matt Miller
Title:  Mechanisms ensuring accurate chromosome segregation


Block 5 - February 3, 2022 - 12:15 - 1:00pm - Virtual
Dr.  Rachel Doser - Colorado State University
Title:  More than just the powerhouse of the cell: A new role for mitochondria in regulating brain             function


Block 6 - March 9, 2022 - 12-15 - 1:00pm - Olin 481
Dr. Matthew Miller
Title:  Journey from a liberal arts education to grad school:  some tips on a potentially bumpy road


Block 6 - March 14, 2022 - 1:30 - 2:10pm - Tutt Science - 122 - Lecture Hall
Dr. Berenice Mbiribindi Nvunabandi
Title:  Unleashing Natural Killer cells


Block 7 - Friday - April 8, 2022 - Gates Common (4th floor Palmer)
Dr. Cierra Walker
Title:  Cellular Memories of a Stiff Past:  Epigenetics in Cardiac Fibrosis



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:





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