Integrated Bioscience Seminar Series 2022

Seminars are from 2:45 - 3:35 p.m., Fridays in ASEC (Biology) B201.

If you would like more information about the speaker or details about their visit, contact the listed host.

Our IB series will continue to feature four speakers invited and hosted by Biomedical Engineering (BME). We welcome BME faculty and students and thank them for helping make the IB series interesting to a diverse audience! Contact Peter H. Niewiarowski for more information.



Host (contact for more information)





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organizational meeting


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Dr. Kyoo Chul Park

Dr. King

Northwestern University

In Person

Learning from plant leaves: From transport to phase change of water



Dr. Jason Bond

Dr. King

UC Davis

In Person



Dr. Jessica Tingle


University of Akron

In Person

Understanding specialized snake locomotion through single-species and comparative approaches


Dr. Javier Suarez

Dr. Huss

Jagiellonian University

Virtual (TEAMS)

The stability of traits conception of evolution and its biological implications


Dr. Nathan Muchhala

Dr. Olson

University of Missouri

In Person

Actinomorphy to zygomorphy: effects of floral symmetry on pollination, diversification, and abundance


Dr. Anya Plutynski

Dr. Huss

Washington University, St. Louis

Virtual (TEAMS)

A philosophical question about cancer


spring break : no seminar


Dr. Rachel Spigler

Dr. Mitchell

Temple University

In Person

Attract, wait it out, then do it yourself: A pollination contingency plan


Dr. Mark Bedau

Dr. Huss

Reed College

Virtual (TEAMS)

The meta-question about life


Dr. Alyssa Stark

Dr. Niewiarowski

Villanova University

In Person

Keen Echinoderms: Short-term Adhesive Plasticity of Sea Urchins


Dr. Sandy Kawano

Dr. Astley

The George Washington University

In Person



Dr. Ross Hatton

Dr. Astley

Oregon State University

In Person

Snakes, Spiders, Robots, and Geometry


Fall 2021

no class

3 Sep

organizational meeting for MS students

10 Sep

RTP meetings - no colloquium

17 Sep

Jeff Johanson

John Carroll University

When is a lineage a species? Seeking a pragmatic limit to the description of cyanobacterial diversity

24 Sep

RTP meetings - no colloquium

1 Oct

Travis Durango

U Akron

microplastics/ocean ecology

8 Oct

Kristen Lucas

Cleveland Zoo

gorilla conservation

15 Oct

Gabriella wolff


Learning and Memory: An ancient origin and species-specific adaptations

22 Oct

Laboratory safety

Presentation for all graduate students

29 Oct

Katie Stanchak

University of Washington

Morphological novelty and uniqueness in the evolution of vertebrate locomotion

5 Nov

Diane Ebert-May

Michigan State

12 Nov

Rebecca Williams

College of wooster


16 Nov

Zeynep Tufekci (tentative)

covid & society

26 Nov


3 Dec

Spring 2020


Jan. 24

Dr. Yuan Tang Bio_Abstract

Title: Microvascular Network on a Chip for Understanding the Role of Endothelial Cells in Inflammation

University of Toledo

Dr. Yun (BME)

Jan. 31

Dr. Jackie Novak

Title: The Vascular Effects of the Ovarian Hormone Relaxin

Walsh University

Dr. Yun (BME)

Feb. 7

Dr. Alexis Noel

Title: Grip, Grab, and Groom: The Biomechanics of Tongues and Paws


Dr. Niewiarowski, Austin Garner

Feb. 14

Dr. Saad Bhamla Abstract

Title: Fast, Furious and Frugal: Soft Matter Principles in Ultrafast Organismal Biophysics and Low-cost Science Tools


Dr. Blackledge

Feb. 21

Dr. Deepak Nagrath

Title: Metabolic Abnormalities & Mutualism in Tumors

University of Michigan

Dr. Yun (BME)

Feb. 28

Dr. Chris Vinyard

Title: Mastication’s Place in Nature: The Evolution of Primate Chewing Behaviors


Dr. Astley/Hope Zimmerman

Mar. 6

Dr. Stephan Mayer

Title: Transforming Psychological Worldviews to Confront Climate Change

Oberlin College

Dr. Niewiarowski, Sarah McInerney

Mar. 13


Dr. Kyoo-Chul Park Bio_Abstract

Title: Frost Pattern on Macrotextured Surfaces

Northwestern University

Dr. King

Mar. 20


Dr. Lakshmi Dasi

Title: Towards Personalization of Trans-catheter aortic valves


Dr. Yun (BME)

Mar. 27

Spring break - No seminar

Apr. 3


Dr. Richard Moore

Title: From the Wild to the Wild: The Journey of Papaya’s Hermaphrodites

Miami University

Dr. Weeks, Chathumadavi Ediriweera

Apr. 10


Dr. Loren Williams

Title: RNA and Protein: A match made in the Hadean


Dr. Sahai, Cynthia Yoder

Apr. 17


Dr. Andrew Inkpen

Title: Patterns of Interaction as Units of Selection

Brandon University (Canada)

Dr. Huss

Apr. 24


Dr. Ross Hatton

Title: Snakes and Spiders, Robots and Geometry

Oregon State University

Dr. Astley

May 1


Dr. Tom Roberts

Title: TBD

Brown University

Dr. Astley

FALL 2019
Sep. 6 Derek Jurestovsky, Thibaut Houette, Paul Bonezzi 15- minute talks
Sep. 13 Henry Astley, Jordan Renna, Randy Mitchell 15- minute talks
Sep. 20 Dr. Sailaja Paruchuri (UA) Bio-active lipids in inflammation, asthma and cancer
Sep. 27 Jesse Young (NEOMED) Running Wild: What limits mammalian locomotor performance in nature
Oct. 4 Abraham Joy (UA) Wet adhesion of polyester adhesives: An inquiry into maximizing adhesive and hydrophobic interactions with the surface
Oct. 11 Andrew Gordus (Johns Hopkins University) A computational model of behaviors that produce spider orb webs
Oct. 18 Kenneth Kemner (Argonne National Laboratory) Using a Synchotron for Biological & Environmental Research: Taking Superman's X-Ray Vision to a New Level
Oct. 25 Amir Nourhani (UA) Microrobotics, Microcyborgs, and Saddling Microorganisms
Nov. 1 Leah Shriver (UA) Targeting Metabolic Pathways involved in Infection and Inflammation
Nov. 8 Christopher Rainwater (NYU) Interpreting Skeletal Trauma: Research and Insights from Forensic Anthropological Casework
Nov. 15 Jake Miesbauer (Morton Arboretum) Tree Biomechanics & 3D Modeling
Nov. 22 Monica Burdick (BME) Functional Selection Ligands on Cancer Cells in Transit & Transition
Dec. 6 Ingo Braasch (MSU) Genomics Journeys into a Lost World: Using Ancient Fish Genomes to Illuminate Vertebrate Development & Evolution


Jan. 25, 2019 Alja Aksamija (UMASS) Architecture | "Integrating Innovations in Architecture”

Feb. 1, 2019 Senyo (Case) Biomedical Eng. | "Consideration of the extracellular matrix as a tool for regeneration"

Feb. 8, 2019 Min Ho Kim (KSU) Biomedical Eng. | "Harnessing Macrophage Polarization towards the Resolution of Biofilm Infection"

Feb. 15, 2019 Derek Skillings (Penn) Philosophy | Can a Microbiome be healthy?

Feb. 22, 2019 Christopher Kuhar, Ph.D. | "Science and the Role of the Modern Zoo"

Mar. 1, 2019 Natalia Vergara (Colorado) Medicine/Vision | “3D Retinal organoids: from human development to regenerative therapy”

Mar. 8, 2019 Chen Li (Johns Hopkins) Mech. Eng. | “Terradynamics of animal & robot locomotion in complex 3-D terrain”

Mar. 15 2019 Sharon Amacher (OSU) Molecular Gen. | "Modeling muscle development and disease in zebrafish"

Mar. 22, 2019 Heather Allen (OSU) Chem./Biochem | "Lipids, Electric Fields, and Ion Pairing: Organization of Membranous Aqueous Surfaces"

Mar. 29, 2019 SPRING BREAK

April 3, 2019 (SPECIAL SEMINAR, WEDNESDAY) Jan Kippers (University of Stuttgart) | "Biological Design and Integrative Structures"

Apr. 5, 2019 Nick Brandley (Wooster) Ecol./Behavior | "Visual Acuity across Animals"

Apr. 12, 2019 Hyeon Joo Cheon (Cleve.Clinic) Biomedical Eng. | "2’, 5’-oligo A synthetase 1 helps cells survive DNA damage by inhibiting poly(ADP-ribose) accumulation"

Apr. 19, 2019 Yang Hu (Virginia Commonwealth) Biomedical Eng. | “Dendrimer-based novel multidimensional multifunctional biomaterials for drug and gene delivery”

Apr. 26, 2019 Randee Hunter (OSU) Radiology | “Leveraging the Hierarchy of Bone Quality"

May 3, 2019 Annette Rowe (Cincinnati) Environ. Micro. | "Eating Rocks! Investigating microbes that mobilize electrons from minerals, electrodes and other microbes"

Fall 2018

9/7/18 "Re Establishment of wild bee communities on reclaimed mine lands."
Jessie Lanterman, Ohio State University

9/21/18 "Illuminating ghosts of biospheres past: what stable isotopes can (and can't) tell us about microbial evolution on early earth"
Boswell Wing, Univ. of Colorado

9/28/18 "Night blindness in mice: mice, mechanisms & clinical implications"
Neal Peachey, Cleve. Clinic; CWRU

10/5/18 "Experimental evolution of multi-cellularity"
Mike Travisano, Univ. Minn.

10/12/18 "Perspectives on biological individuality from a microbial point of view."
Maria Rebolleda-Gomez, Iniv. Pitts.

10/19/18 "Ising MALDI-TOF-MS and IBDac to discriminate bacterial function & reduce redundancy in microbial libraries used for antibiotic discovery."
Brian Murphy, Univ, Ill. Chicago

10/26/18 "Applying forensic anthropology to identify missing migrants"
Cate Bird, International Committee of the Red Cross

11/2/18 "A nifty time for computation in human genomics."
Ben Voight, Univ. of Penn.

11/9/18 "Molecular determinants of bone phenotype in long-lived big brown bats (Eptesicus Fuscus) and bowhead whales (Balaena Mysticetus)."
Lisa Cooper, NEOMED

11/30/18 “Skeletal Response to Dynamic Impacts: Applied skeletal biology”
Amanda Agnew, The Oh. St. Univ.

12/7/18 TBA
Aaron Goldman, Oberlin Coll./Conservatory