Department of Biosciences Seminars, 2016-17

    Department of Biosciences seminars will take place in L50 (Psychology) on Tuesdays at 4pm.

    Typically, seminars will be followed by a reception in the atrium of Biosciences and we will go for a meal with the speaker afterwards.
    All staff and undergraduates are encouraged to attend the talks and are welcome to join us afterwards for less formal discussions.

    Recognising that our audience is likely to be broad, speakers have been asked to make their talks accessible, focusing a substantial part
    of their material on general issues, including the broader theoretical or applied motivations for, and background to, their work; the types of
    questions that they work on; the major intellectual challenges involved in answering those questions; current frontiers and outstanding challenges
    in their field; and the factors that currently limit progress in their research area.

    If you have suggestions for additional speakers, please email: philip.stephens "at" durham.ac.uk.

     
  Date   Speaker Title
     
 11-10-2016Prof. Lorella Navazio
University of Padova
Monitoring calcium dynamics in the plant signalling network
 18-10-2016Dr Cornelia de Moor
Nottingham University
Polyadenylation as a therapeutic target
 25-10-2016Dr Bob Baxter
Durham University
Soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions in a changing Arctic
 01-11-2016Dr Jarema Malicki
Sheffield University
The cilium - cellular compartment that functions as a signal detection centre
 08-11-2016Dr Clare Bennett
University College London
Langerhans cells and graft-versus-host disease: villains or victims?
 15-11-2016Dr Gerben van Ooijen
University of Edinburgh
Clocks across taxa: conserved cellular timekeeping mechanisms in eukaryotes
 22-11-2016Dr Steven Spoel
University of Edinburgh
Proteasome-mediated gene expression in plant immunity
 29-11-2016Prof. Innes Cuthill
Bristol University
Animal camouflage: evolutionary biology meets computational neuroscience, art and war
 06-12-2016Prof. Andy Radford
Bristol University
Impacts of anthropogenic noise: behavioural and fitness consequences for fish and invertebrates
 13-12-2016Dr Neil Audsley
Food and Environment Research Agency
Sex, Flies and Videotape
 17-01-2017Dr Lindsay Hall
University of East Anglia
Early life microbiota and host interactions
 24-01-2017Prof. Yvonne Buckley
Trinity College Dublin
The biogeography of plant population performance
 31-01-2017Dr Kerry Franklin
Bristol University
Light, temperature and plant development
 07-02-2017Dr Juliet Coates
University of Birmingham
Understanding 'green' evolution: Abscisic acid, Armadillos, Angiosperms and Algae
 14-02-2017Dr Eric Schirmer
Edinburgh University
Multiple layers of gene regulation in development and disease enabled by tissue-specific nuclear envelope-genome tethering
 21-02-2017Dr Lucy Tusting
University of Oxford
Better housing, better health: can we build malaria out of Africa?
 28-02-2017Dr Eva Estebanez-Perpina
University of Barcelona
Structure of the Homodimeric Androgen Receptor Ligand-Binding Domain: towards a deeper understanding of prostate cancer and androgen insensitivity syndromes
 07-03-2017Dr Dana MacGregor
Durham University
We seed weed seeds
 14-03-2017Dr Natasha Savage
University of Liverpool
Directional control of hyphal growth
     
     




        School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Seminars, 2015-16

    School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences seminars will take place in L50 (Psychology) on Tuesdays at 4pm.

    Typically, seminars will be followed by a reception in the atrium of Biological Sciences and we will go for a meal with the speaker afterwards.
    All staff and undergraduates are encouraged to attend the talks and are welcome to join us afterwards for less formal discussions.

    Recognising that our audience is likely to be broad, speakers have been asked to make their talks accessible, focusing a substantial part
    of their material on general issues, including the broader theoretical or applied motivations for, and background to, their work; the types of
    questions that they work on; the major intellectual challenges involved in answering those questions; current frontiers and outstanding challenges
    in their field; and the factors that currently limit progress in their research area.

    If you have suggestions for additional speakers, please email: philip.stephens "at" durham.ac.uk.

     
  Date   Speaker Title
     
 20-10-2015Dr Andrew Knight
Newcastle University
B cells in autoimmune and inflammatory disease
 27-10-2015Dr Gavin Wright
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Novel approaches in cell signalling
 03-11-2015Dr Claire Spottiswoode
University of Cambridge
Coevolution in the tropics: cuckoos versus hosts
 10-11-2015Dr Siobhan Braybrook
University of Cambridge
Life in a Box, the cell wall as a mediator of growth and shape
 17-11-2015Prof. Michael Holdsworth
University of Nottingham
When the beginning marks the end: how the N-end rule pathway controls perception and response to environmental stress
 01-12-2015Prof. Gero Steinberg
University of Exeter
Organelle distribution is a consequence of opposing cytoskeletal forces
 08-12-2015Dr Eva Estébanez-Perpiñá
University of Barcelona
CANCELLED
 15-12-2015Dr Anton Enright
European Bioinformatics Institute
Positionally conserved long non-coding RNAs in Human and Mouse
 19-01-2016Prof. Alex Webb
University of Cambridge
Circadian regulation of calcium signalling
 26-01-2016Prof. Barbara Mable
University of Glasgow
Evolutionary genetics in the Ôomics era: addressing old questions with new toolsMedline Scientific
 02-02-2016Dr James Logan
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
How to make a mosquito invisibility cloak
 09-02-2016Prof. Robert Sablowski
John Innes Centre
Active control of cell size during shoot meristem development
 16-02-2016Prof. Bruce Kendall
UC Santa Barbara
An ecology of differences: Heterogeneity in demography, dispersal, and growth
 23-02-2016Dr Luca Rampoldi
Universitˆ Vita-Salute San Raffaele
Uromodulin: renal Mendelian disorders, susceptibility to chronic kidney disease and hypertension
 01-03-2016Naomi Nakayama
University of Edinburgh
Mechanical regulation of developmental decisions in self-stabilisation of plant shoot
 08-03-2016Prof. Kevin Gaston
University of Exeter
Restructuring the ecological and evolutionary night
 15-03-2016Dr Arianna Rosa
University of Turin
Histamine and diabetic nephropathy
 26-04-2016Prof. Mark Burgman
University of Melbourne
The science of expert judgement: from engineering to conservation biology
     
     




        School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Seminars, 2014-15

    School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences seminars will take place in L50 (Psychology) on Tuesdays at 4pm.

    Typically, seminars will be followed by a reception in the atrium of Biological Sciences and we will go for a meal with the speaker afterwards.
    All staff and undergraduates are encouraged to attend the talks and are welcome to join us afterwards for less formal discussions.

    Recognising that our audience is likely to be broad, speakers have been asked to make their talks accessible, focusing a substantial part
    of their material on general issues, including the broader theoretical or applied motivations for, and background to, their work; the types of
    questions that they work on; the major intellectual challenges involved in answering those questions; current frontiers and outstanding challenges
    in their field; and the factors that currently limit progress in their research area.

    If you have suggestions for additional speakers, please email: philip.stephens "at" durham.ac.uk.

       
  Date   Speaker Title   Sponsor *
       
 20-10-2015Dr Andrew Knight
Newcastle University
B cells in autoimmune and inflammatory diseaseEurofins
 27-10-2015Dr Gavin Wright
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Novel approaches in cell signallingPCR Biosystems
 03-11-2015Dr Claire Spottiswoode
University of Cambridge
Coevolution in the tropics: cuckoos versus hosts
 10-11-2015Dr Siobhan Braybrook
University of Cambridge
Life in a Box, the cell wall as a mediator of growth and shape
 17-11-2015Prof. Michael Holdsworth
University of Nottingham
When the beginning marks the end: how the N-end rule pathway controls perception and response to environmental stress
 01-12-2015Prof. Gero Steinberg
University of Exeter
TBA
 08-12-2015Dr Eva Estébanez-Perpiñá
University of Barcelona
TBA
 15-12-2015Dr Anton Enright
European Bioinformatics Institute
TBA
 19-01-2016Prof. Alex Webb
University of Cambridge
TBA
 26-01-2016Prof. Barbara Mable
University of Glasgow
TBAMedline Scientific
 02-02-2016Dr James Logan
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Exploiting human body odour for the control of mosquitoes
 09-02-2016Prof. Robert Sablowski
John Innes Centre
TBA
 16-02-2016Dr Matthew Smalley
Cardiff University
Found in translation: making mouse mammary biology relevant to human disease
 01-03-2016Naomi Nakayama
University of Edinburgh
TBA
 08-03-2016Prof. Kevin Gaston
University of Exeter
Restructuring the ecological and evolutionary night
 15-03-2016Dr Natasha Savage
University of Liverpool
TBA
 26-04-2015Prof. Mark Burgman
University of Melbourne
The science of expert judgement: from engineering to conservation biology
       
       

* We are not inviting sponsorship at present, whilst we initiate our new procurement system.



        School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Seminars, 2013-14
       
  Date   Speaker Title   Sponsor
       
 15-10-2013Dr Patrizia Ferretti
University College London
Somatic stem cells for tissue repair: what can they do?Bioline
 22-10-2013Dr Bruce Grieve
University of Manchester
e-Agri: smart biosensors, electronics and communication systems for sustainable agriculture and food
 29-10-2013Prof. Matt Redinbo
University of North Carolina
Atomic-level examinations of features of human disease
 05-11-2013Prof. Marcus Rattray
University of Bradford
Astrocytes, neurodegeneration and the prospect for new treatments
 12-11-2013Prof. Nick Harberd
University of Oxford
Plant response to salinity stress: short-term physiological adapation and long-term evolutionary consequence
 19-11-2013Prof. Jennifer Potts
University of York
Molecular interactions in staphylococcal biofilm infections
 26-11-2013Dr Tanya Whitfield
Sheffield University
Going round in circles: development and function of the zebrafish vestibular system
 03-12-2013Prof. George Baillie
University of Glasgow
Targeting protein-protein interactions within the cyclic AMP signalling system as a therapeutic strategy for cardiovascular disease and cancer
 10-12-2013Dr Steve Thomas
Rothamsted Research
Gibberellin signalling: a pathway towards wheat improvement - CANCELLED
 21-01-2014Prof. Keith Hamer
Leeds University
Density-dependent foraging strategies of gannets: flexibility, consistency and constraintNew England BioLabs
 28-01-2014Prof. Ian Eperon
University of Leicester
Has anybody found the rules? The games played by RNA splicing
 04-02-2014Prof. Fritz Muhlschlegel
University of Kent
Carbon dioxide sensing in fungal pathogens - CANCELLED
 11-02-2014Prof. Steve Hill
Nottingham University
Imaging ligand-receptor interactions at the single cell level
 18-02-2014Dr Sue Healy
University of St Andrews
How does a bird 'know' what nest to build?
 25-02-2014Prof. Andrew Smith
University of Oxford
Metal tolerance and hyperaccumulation in plants: physiological basis and evolutionary origins of an adaptive trait
 04-03-2014Dr Sean Munro
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Arrivals and departures: how G proteins organise membrane traffic at the Golgi apparatus
 11-03-2014Prof. Liz Wellington
Warwick University
What next for badgers and the problems of bovine TB in UK cattle?
 18-03-2014Dr Saskia Hogenhout
John Innes Centre
Molecular aspects of plant-insect interactions and insect-transmitted disease agents
 06-05-2014Dr Harrold van den Burg
University of Amsterdam
SUMO modification in the plant immune system
       
       




        School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Seminars, 2012-13
       
  Date   Speaker Title   Sponsor
       
 09-10-2012Dr Adam Giangreco
University College London
Interventional and intrinsic airway homeostasis and repairShimadzu UK
 16-10-2012Dr Sushma-Nagaraja Grellscheid
Durham University
RNAs in a Bind: Transcriptome-wide RNA-Protein binding maps bring us closer to deciphering the "splicing code"Quiagen
 23-10-2012Prof. Toby Bruce
Rothamsted Research
Developing sustainable approaches to crop protection
 30-10-2012Dr Achim Schnaufer
University of Edinburgh
From the bizarre at the bench to the bedside? Mitochondrial functions as new drug targets in trypanosomes
 06-11-2012Dr Steve Le Comber
Queen Mary University
From Jack the Ripper to epidemiology and ecology: geographic profiling in biology
 13-11-2012Prof. Will Fairbrother
Brown University, USA
Applying modern genomic approaches to the study of gene expression
 20-11-2012Prof. Tim Entwisle
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Plant biology and plant conservation: from discovering algae to saving the planet
 27-11-2012Dr Ian Henderson
Cambridge University
Epigenetic control of recombination hotspots in plant genomes
 04-12-2012Prof. Anne Magurran
University of St. Andrews
Biological diversity in a changing world
 11-12-2012Prof. Julie Scholes
Sheffield University
Striga, the scourge of Africa: understanding resistance in cereals to parasitic witchweeds
 15-01-2013Prof. Jon Clarke
King's College London
Live imaging in vivo reveals novel cell and sub-cellular behaviours used to make and shape the brain
 22-01-2013Prof. Andrew Balmford
Cambridge University
Feeding the world without costing the earth
 29-01-2013Prof. Patrick Bateson
Cambridge University
Nature, nurture and epigenetics
 05-02-2013Dr Eoin Cummins
University College Dublin
Carbon dioxide sensing at the axis of inflammation & immunity
 14-02-2013Dr John Runions
Oxford Brookes University
A continuum of connection at the plant cell surface
[Note: this will be on a THURSDAY in the Whitehead Room]
 19-02-2013Dr Andrew Young
Exeter University
Sex differences in cooperation and conflict in wild social vertebrates
 26-02-2013Prof. Andrea Streit
King's College London
Cell fate specification in the sensory nervous systemTaylor & Francis
 05-03-2013Prof. Neil Metcalfe
University of Glasgow
Diet, growth and fitness: how environmental conditions in early life affect later performanceCollege of St Hild & St Bede
 12-03-2013Prof. Linda Field
Rothamsted Research
Pest control strategies: pesticides, resistance and alternativesApollo Scientific
 23-04-2013Dr Joel Milner
University of Glasgow
Viral defence in plantsImmunology North East
 30-04-2013Prof. Oscar Gaggiotti
University of St. Andrews
Identifying the environmental and ecological drivers of intra-specific biodiversityProteintech & College of St Hild & St Bede
 07-05-2013Dr George Baillie
University of Glasgow
Targeting protein-protein interactions within the cyclic AMP signalling system as a therapeutic strategy for cardiovascular disease and cancerPanasonic
 14-05-2013Prof. Julian Paton
Bristol University
The sympathetic storm in hypertensionPhysiological Society
       
       




        School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Seminars, 2011-12
       
  Date   Speaker Title   Sponsor
       
 11-10-2011Dr. Ari Sadanandom, Durham UniversityUbiquitin in plant stress signalling
 18-10-2011Prof. Nigel Pyne, University of StrathclydeTargeting sphingosine 1-phosphate in cancer
 25-10-2011Prof. John Gatehouse, Durham UniversityNew biotechnological strategies for protection of crops against pests
 01-11-2011Prof. Mike Jones, Trinity College DublinIs there a future for energy crops?
 08-11-2011Prof. Paul Birch, University of DundeeTrafficking arms: intracellular effectors of a plant pathogen that target and suppress host immunity
 15-11-2011Prof. Kathryn Ayscough, University of SheffieldInvestigating the molecular mechanism of endocytosisPromega
 22-11-2011Prof. Bill Kunin, University of LeedsIt's Arabidopsis, Jim, but not as we know it: ecology and multi-'omics of Arabidopsis lyrata petraea populations across NW Europe
 29-11-2011Prof. Alan Wright, MRC Human Genetics UnitGenetic insights into age-related retinal blindnessCronus Technologies
 06-12-2011Prof. Linda Lako, Newcastle UniversityApplications of human stem cells for understanding our early development and treating disease
 13-12-2011Dr. Achim Schnaufer, University of EdinburghFrom the bizarre at the bench to the bedside? Mitochondrial functions as new drug targets in trypanosomes
 17-01-2012Prof. Howard Griffiths, Cambridge UniversityPhotosynthetic carbon concentrating mechanisms: from algal origins to smart crops of the futureSanyo Biomedical
 24-01-2012Prof. Nicholas Dale, University of WarwickHow the brain senses the internal environment: novel mechanisms of CO2 and glucose sensing
 31-01-2012Prof. Maggie Harnett, University of GlasgowMapping signalling in the immune response in situPromega
 07-02-2012Prof. Nick Davies, Cambridge UniversityCuckoos versus hosts: an evolutionary arms race
 14-02-2012Prof. Bart Vanhaesebroeck, Queen Mary University of LondonPI 3-kinases in signalling & diseaseStratech Scientific
 21-02-2012Prof. Steve Winder, University of SheffieldDystroglycan, a multifunctional cell adhesion receptor
 28-02-2012Prof. Steve Lindsay, London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineMalaria control: the end of the honeymoon?
 06-03-2012Prof. Veronica van Heyningen, MRC Human Genetics UnitMaking eyes: genes, regulation, and modulationTaylor & Francis
 13-03-2012Prof. Mike Begon, University of LiverpoolPredicting plague outbreaks in Kazakhstan
 24-04-2012Prof. John Mathers, Newcastle UniversityHealthy ageing: from epigenetics to interventionsApollo Scientific
 01-05-2012Prof. Simon Croft, London School of Hygiene & Tropical MedicineDeveloping drugs for neglected tropical diseases
 08-05-2012Dr. Stuart Butchart, Birdlife InternationalThe state of the world's birds: how science underpins BirdLife International's conservation action and advocacy
 15-05-2012Prof. Thomas von Zglinicki, Newcastle UniversityCell senescence: from cell culture artefact to a cause of ageing
       
       




        School of Biological & Biomedical Sciences Seminars, 2010-11
       
  Date   Speaker Title   Sponsor
       
 12-10-2010Prof. Peter Urwin, Leeds UniversityDisrupting the chemosensation of plant-pathogenic nematodes  LabTech
 19-10-2010Dr. Shane Richards, Durham UniversityRevealing processes in biology: DNA, cellular transport and population ecology  Agilent
 26-10-2010Prof. Julian Blow, Dundee UniversityHow S phase is organised to ensure complete genome duplication, and why cancer cells might get it wrong  ProteinTech
 02-11-2010Prof. John Girkin, Durham UniversityBiophotonics:- the application of optical technology to biological challenges 
 09-11-2010Prof. Pat Monaghan, Glasgow UniversityEarly environment, phenotypic plasticity and life history trade-offs 
 16-11-2010Dr. Francisco Rivero, Hull UniversityRoles and regulation of the actin cytoskeleton: lessons from amoebae and animal models  Promega
 23-11-2010Dr. Lee Sweetlove, Oxford UniversityA network view of plant metabolism  Scientific Labs
 30-11-2010Dr. Alex Webb, Cambridge UniversityPostponed until 15/03/11 owing to weather disruption of transport 
 18-01-2011Prof. Angus Lamond, Dundee UniversitySuper experiments and the application of quantitative proteomics in cell biology  NEB
 25-01-2011Prof. Bill Earnshaw, Edinburgh UniversityExploring the random forest in search of the mitotic chromosome proteome  Melford Labs
 01-02-2011Prof. Jonathan Jones, Sainsbury LaboratoryOomycete genomics and effectoromics to investigate host defence mechanisms 
 08-02-2011Dr. Mohammed Tasab, UK PubMed CentralIntroducing UK PubMed Central 
 15-02-2011Prof. Brian Charlesworth, Edinburgh UniversityThe evolution of sex chromosomes 
 22-02-2011Prof. Nick Talbot, University of ExeterInvestigating the biology of plant infection by the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae 
 01-03-2011Prof. Chris Thomas, York UniversityMoving with the times? The natural and unnatural responses of species' distributions to climate change 
 08-03-2011Dr. Joao Pedro Magalhaes, Liverpool Uni.Integrative genomics of ageing: new approaches to an 'old' problem 
 15-03-2011Dr. Alex Webb, Cambridge UniversitySystems analysis of circadian signalling in plants  Bioline
 26-04-2011Prof. Rory Wilson, Swansea UniversityThe behavioural ecology of intractable, enigmatic or otherwise impossible animals  Garland Science
 03-05-2011Prof. Rus Hoelzel, Durham UniversityLooking backwards to look forwards; conservation genetics in a changing world 
 10-05-2011Prof. Timm Maier, University of BaselEukaryotic Fatty Acid Synthases – Nano-scale Factories Integrating Complete Metabolic Pathways 
 17-05-2011Prof. Enrico Coen, John Innes CentreFrom genes to shape  Melford Labs
 24-05-2011Prof. Alistair Hetherington, Bristol Uni.Responses of guard cells to environmental signals  Science Books Direct
 PostponedDr. Pankaj Dhonukshe, Utrecht UniversityAuxin and cell division planes: a choreographed concert 
 PostponedProf. Linda Lako, Newcastle UniversityApplications of human stem cells for understanding our early development and treating disease