Upcoming Events

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Actin and microtubule crosstalk impact cell patterning and development"

Magdalena Bezanilla
Feb 22
12 - 1 p.m.
Molecular Mechanisms Behind Plant Cell Growth How cells grow, one of the most fundamental aspects of biology, remains an open question. My research program focuses on plant cells, which unlike many other eukaryotic cells are not motile. Confined by a relatively rigid cell wall, plant cells take a wide variety of shapes within tissues of the entire plant and ultimately these shapes dictate...


Feb 23
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. The CAREER Award...

Bio-Tech Connect: Networking with industry

Feb 23
4 - 6 p.m.
Meet representatives from local biotech companies, large and small! All majors and levels welcome. Some will be recruiting, some just want to meet you. Bring your questions, bring your resumes. Hosted by the Department of Bioengineering and the Bioengineering Honor Society. RSVP at http://bioeng.berkeley.edu/event/networking-with-industry

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "From the Evolution of an Organelle to Photosynthetic Function"

Arthur Grossman
Mar 1
12 - 1 p.m.
Our activities over the last five years have been extremely diverse, crossing over various disciplines. We have explored areas ranging from identifying new functions associated with photosynthetic processes, the mechanism(s) of coral bleaching and the impact of temperature and light on the bleaching process, metagenomic and genomic diversity among primary producers in hot spring mats, metabolic...

Center for Computational Biology Seminar

Mar 1
4 - 5 p.m.

Mendeley Citation Management Workshop

Becky Miller
Mar 7
4 - 5 p.m.
Mendeley is a reference manager that enables you to organize, read, share, annotate, and cite your research papers. It is also an academic discovery and collaboration tool. This hands-on workshop will give beginning Mendeley users practice importing citations and creating bibliographies. Experienced users should bring their Mendeley questions!

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "Crossing the kingdoms: Plants, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Endobacteria"

Paola Bonfante
Mar 8
12 - 1 p.m.
Biology of Plant-Microorganism Interactions She coordinates a research group of more than 15 members: Eight out of them have a permanent position belonging to the Department of Plant Biology of the University of Torino and to the National Council of Research (Soil Mycology - Institution of Plant Protection/CNR): the other components are early researchers (Ph.D students and postdocs).

Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with Amélie Gaudin

Mar 13
4 - 5 p.m.
We will highlight some of the underlying biophysical mechanisms and propose approaches for agroecosystems researchers to monitor and assess resilience that consider the unique characteristics and goals of intensive agricultural systems.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Plant signal transduction cascades - from phenotype to atoms and back"

Michael Hothorn
Mar 15
12 - 1 p.m.
Signal perception at the cell surface and transduction of this signal to the cell’s interior is essential to all life forms. Plants have evolved membrane-integral receptor proteins and associated signaling cascades that drastically differ from the well-studied systems in animals. Our aim is to dissect these signaling pathways in mechanistic detail.

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "When is a fungus not a fungus?"

Thomas Richards
Mar 22
12 - 1 p.m.
The primary focus of my research is to determine the evolutionary relationships of the eukaryotes and the cellular and genomic innovations associated with the emergence and diversification of the eukaryotic cell.

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "The ancestral human microbiome: the evolution and ecology of our microbial self"

Christina Warinner
Apr 5
12 - 1 p.m.
I am interested in evolutionary medicine and how understanding the ways in which humans have co-evolved with environments, diets, and pathogens allows us to better understand health and disease. My research draws on the methods and theoretical frameworks of several fields, including: molecular biology, archaeology, archaeogenetics (ancient DNA), stable isotope-based paleodietary and...

Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo

Apr 7
12 - 3 p.m.
Seeking an environmental and sustainability career? Want to learn more about different green-focused organizations or network with sustainability professionals? Want to learn tips for getting an environmental job? Join us for an Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo! Featured employers TBA.

Diversified Farming Systems Roundtable with Matt Liebman

Apr 10
4 - 5 p.m.
The development of modern, industrial agriculture has been characterized by large reductions in biological diversity, both across landscapes and within farming systems. Loss of biodiversity is particularly evident in the U.S. Corn Belt.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Probing Hidden Genetics in Dynamic Signaling Networks"

Jen Sheen
Apr 12
12 - 1 p.m.
We are probing plant life by developing simple and powerful tools and strategies to unravel plant signal transduction pathways extending from sensors/receptors to signaling cascades and target genes and proteins that are central to energy and metabolic homeostasis, innate immunity, stress adaptation, cell fate specification, plant shape and architecture determination. Our investigations are...

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "RNA controls protein phase transitions to pattern cytosol"

Amy Gladfelter
Apr 19
12 - 1 p.m.
I am fascinated by how cells are organized in time and space. My research group studies how cells manage time to create highly variable yet accurate cell division cycles. We also look at how cells use the septin cytoskeleton to assemble functionally unique zones on the cell cortex. For our work we combine live cell microscopy and computational approaches with genetic and biochemical analyses.

Plant and Microbial Biology Plant Seminar: "Plant gene regulation and complex traits genetics"

Christine Queitsch
Apr 26
12 - 1 p.m.
Our research focuses on two related fields: the genetic architecture of complex traits and the role of gene regulation and protein folding in generating heritable phenotypic variation. We advance complex trait genetics by ascertaining uncharacterized sequence variation and by resolving the relative importance of additive variation and epistasis in complex traits. Lastly, to improve the genotype-...

BFI Research Showcase

May 3
8:45 - 10:45 a.m.
In 2015, the Berkeley Food Institute provided seed funding to six multi-disciplinary and innovative research projects in food and agriculture. On May 3, our grantees will be sharing the results of their research with the Berkeley community. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from UC Berkeley's experts from various fields, and to participate in the Q&A session following each grantee's presentation.

Plant and Microbial Biology Micro Seminar: "Evolutionary dynamics in rapidly adapting microbial populations"

Michael Desai
May 3
12 - 1 p.m.
Natural selection and other evolutionary forces lead to particular patterns of evolutionary dynamics, and they leave characteristic signatures on the genetic variation within populations. We use a combination of theory and experiments to study the dynamics and population genetics of natural selection in asexual populations such as microbes and viruses.
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