The Department of Biology at Texas A&M University sponsors a weekly seminar series during the Fall and Spring semesters. Seminars are held each Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the Biological Sciences Building East (BSBE), room 115, unless otherwise noted. In addition to this weekly seminar series, the department hosts the Walker Endowed Lectureship.

Speakers for this semester, including the Walker Endowed Lectures are listed below. Links to other seminar series are listed at the bottom of this page. If you would like to be added to our weekly seminar e-mail reminder, please send your name and e-mail address to Lieu Jean at

Faculty Chalk Talks

Date Name Institution Title Host
 1/17/2017 Ege Kavalali Departments of Neuroscience and Physiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center “Studying synaptic transmission at the level of individual synaptic vesicles”  Mark Harlow
 1/24/2017 Liam McGuire Department of Biology, Texas Tech University “An emerging picture of bat migration ecophysiology” Amanda Adams
1/31/2017 Sebastian Kadener Department of Biological Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem “Rounding the circle: Unraveling the functions and mechanism of action of circular RNAs” Jerome Menet
2/7/2017 Patrick Phillips Department of Biology, University of Oregon “The biology of stress and death: evolutionary and chemical engineering of resistant worms” L. Rene Garcia
2/14/2017 Suckjoon Jun Section of Molecular Biology, Division of Biology, University of California – San Diego “Predictability of cell size in bacteria” Beiyan Nan
2/21/2017 Criss Hartzell Department of Cell Biology, Emory University “Intriguing intersections: Chloride channels, phospholipid scrambling, and muscular dystrophy” Jack McMahan
2/28/2017 Wes Thompson Dept. of Biology, TAMU “What genetically modified mice and imaging tell us about aging and dystrophy in muscle” Richard Gomer
3/7/2017 Robert Docampo Department of Cellular Biology, University of Georgia “Polyphosphate and acidocalcisomes in eukaryotes” Patrick Suess
3/21/2017 Andrew Koh Department of Pediatrics and Microbiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center “Bacterial-fungal Interactions in the Gastrointestinal Tract Modulate the Development of Invasive Microbial Infections in the Mammalian Host” Xiaorong Lin
3/28/2017 Mike Manson Dept. of Biology, TAMU “Chemotaxis to Cell-to-Cell Communication Signals and a Model for Segregation of Bacterial Chromosomes” Bruce Riley
4/4/2017 Lanying Zeng Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics, TAMU “Virus Interactions inside the Cell: Competition or Cooperation?” Xiaorong Lin
4/11/2017 Floyd Wormley Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio “Induction of Long-Lived Trained Immunity by Macrophages Against Cryptococcosis in vivo Jiangeng Lin
4/18/207  Sneha Jani (Manson Lab)


Kushan Gunawardhana (Hardin Lab)

Dept. of Biology, TAMU “Chemotaxis toward Autoinducer-2 and it’s role in Biofilm Formation in E. coli. ” (Sneha)

“Loss of vrille abolishes activity rhythms by disrupting circadian output genes” (Kushan)

Bruce Riley
4/25/2017 Alex Keene Department of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, Florida Atlantic University “Genetic and evolutionary dissection in of the sleep-feeding conflict” Christine Merlin
5/5/2017 (FRIDAY at Noon) Asha Rao & Andrew Tag Dept. of Biology, TAMU “New Technologies for Undergraduate Teaching” Richard Gomer