Two Seminars Wednesday - Patrick Keeling noon; Greg Jedd 4 pm

September 02, 2011

The Tsujimoto Seminar will happen in Koshland Hall.

Patrick Keeling / Wednesday 9-7-11 / Noon, 101 Barker Hall / Reception to follow, 338 Koshland Hall

Comparative Genomics and The Evolution of Protist Parasites.
Plant and Microbial Biology seminar hosted by Robbie Calderon and Plant and Microbial Biology graduate students.
Professor Keeling's research is on the molecular evolution of protists, or single celled eukaryotes. Protists comprise the vast majority of eukaryotic diversity, but we know comparatively little about their biology or evolutionary history. The Keeling Lab is using molecular methods to look at various protist groups to see how they evolved and what they tell us about eukaryotic evolution in general. The lab's main interests are in using molecules to reconstruct evolutionary relationships, examining how parasites evolve and infect their hosts, and studying how the origin of organelles by endosymbiosis affected the host cells. 

Gregory Jedd / Wednesday 9-7-11 / 4 pm 338 Koshland Hall

Pipes, pores, plugs and gaskets: Innovation and control in the microfluidic fungal hypha
Plant and Microbial Biology seminar hosted by Professor John Taylor

Gregory Jedd Research: We use the genetically amenable filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa as a model organism and focus on basic questions concerning eukaryotic organelle biogenesis, segregation and abundance control. Our primary approach utilizes forward genetics, followed by a secondary phase where we seek mechanistic insight based on a multidisciplinary approach that combines the power of haploid genetics with molecular genetic, microscopic, biochemical and computational methods. We are especially interested in the mechanisms that control the composition and abundance of cellular organelles and understanding how these are coordinated with multicellular development. One long-term goal of the lab is to use the knowledge derived from these studies to build customized cellular organelles that encapsulate useful structural and enzymatic assemblies. In addition, by focusing on unique aspects of the fungal cell, our work can foster new strategies for combating fungal pathogens.

Jedd Lab Page