October 23, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

335 West Hall

Anthony Vecchiarelli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan

Positional information in eukaryotic cells is mainly orchestrated by cytoskeletal highways and their associated motor proteins like Myosin, Kinesin, and Dynein. Bacteria don't have motors, so how are they spatially organized? I will be discussing three members of the ParA/MinD family of ATPases that are part of self organizing systems that put things in their place in cells across the microbial world. I will first present the ATPase called ParA, which is part of the most common DNA-segregation system in bacteria.

October 26, 2017
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

3699 Med. Sci. II  (South Lecture Hall)

Nathan Porter
Ph.D. Candidate
Thesis advisor: Eric Martens, Ph.D.
October 30, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

5330 Med. Sci. I

Ekaterina Heldwein, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Sackler School of Biomedical Graduate Sciences
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
November 1, 2017
9:00 am to 10:00 am

5623 Med. Sci. II  (Wheeler Seminar Room)

Sarah Comstock, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

About 25% of women in the United States are obese prior to becoming pregnant. Although there is some knowledge about the relationship between the fecal bacterial community and obesity, there is little knowledge about the relationship between pre-pregnancy obesity and the gastrointestinal microbiota in pregnancy and infancy. We are in the first phases of developing birth cohorts in the state of Michigan to assess the associations between pre-pregnancy obesity and maternal and infant gastrointestinal microbial communities.

November 1, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Gunnar C. Hansson, Ph.D.
Chairman Swedish Mass Spectrometry Society (SMSS)
Department of Medical Biochemistry
University of Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden
November 3, 2017
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

1640 Chemistry Dow Lab

Mark Sutton, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University of Buffalo