The CMB Program holds a weekly seminar for students to present their current dissertation research to the UVM community. All students are expected to attend and participate in seminars while in the CMB Program. Second year students and beyond will present an annual formal seminar that describes their research, including background, methods, results, and discussion. CMB faculty and students will submit seminar evaluations virtually through Google Forms.

These evaluations will be shared with each student speaker in an effort to improve their presentation skills.

Our seminars are open to all in the University community. If you would like to be included on our weekly seminar announcement email distribution list, please email us.

2022-2023 Seminar Schedule

Tuesdays, 11:30am - 12:30pm, Zoom

September 13Bay Vagher"Secondary Metabolites as Signaling Molecules in Dendritic Cells: An Aid or Hindrance to the Immune Response?"
September 20Jayita Barua"Effects of lung microenvironment on efficacy of MSC-based treatment in ARDS: cellular and molecular mechanisms”"
September 27Jubilee Ajiboye
Soyeon Gullickson

"Target-based drug discovery for anticryptosporidials"
"Divergent Genetic Regulation of Nitric Oxide Production alters the Mitochondrial Metabolism, Cell survival, and Bacterial replication control in Dendritic Cells"

October 4Kanayo Ikeh"Unraveling the Functional Dynamics of REV1 during cancer cells’ response to therapy"
October 11Paola Pena
Jacob Mackinder
“Elucidating the Effects of Obesity on Airway Epithelium in the Context of Allergic and Non-Allergic Obese Asthma”
“Investigating mechanisms of antimicrobial detection and protection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa”
October 18

Shannon Prior
Josh Victor

"Metabolic rewiring and metastatic potential in STK11-null lung adenocarcinoma”
October 25Anne Snyder"The potential of Toxoplasma gondii myosin A as a drug target"
November 1NO SEMINAR 
November 8Mingu KangTalin is a novel focal adhesion A-kinase anchoring protein (AKAP) and PKA substrate
November 15Emory Stassen PachtDistribution of 5-hmC in cattle and sheep brain tissues associated with temperament and age
November 22Annalis Norman WhitakerAn agnostic interrogation of the early plasmablast repertoire from COVID-19 patients reveals broadly neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 antibodies
November 29Jonathon FerrellApplying a Multidisciplinary Approach in Developing a General Coarse Grain Force Field and Biomolecule Volume Integrator
December 6Frances MalePerforation of the host cell membrane during invasion by Toxoplasma gondii
December 13Trevor WolfTranscription Factor Recruitment of Polycomb Repressive Complex in Autism Spectrum Disorder
December 20Somen MistriThe role of SLAM-SAP signaling in the development of innate-like γδ T cells
December 27Holiday Break 
January 3Holiday Break 
January 10Andrea FooteCharacterization of the Genomic DNA Targets of Purine-Rich Element Binding Proteins A and B in Human Breast Cancer Cells: Novel Insights into the Biological Functions of PURA and PURB
January 17NO SEMINAR 
January 24Lucy GreethamLoss of Snord116 protects cardiomyocyte function during ischemia
January 31NO SEMINAR 
February 7Bethany MihavicsOrganoid based approaches to decrypting fertilization requirements for Cryptosporidium
February 14Cong GaoProfiling epigenetic landscape of a breast cancer progression model by integrative multi-omic analysis
February 21Ethan MatticeChasing the target of lead anticryptosporidial MMV665917: A multiomics approach
February 28Sean LenahanSTK11 Loss Promotes YAP1-Mediated Cytokine Expression in KRAS-Driven Lung Adenocarcinoma
March 14Marcus WeinmanFunctional and Epigenomic Consequences of Somatic Copy Number Gains of EGFR Enhancers in Epilepsy
March 21Regina ViscontiThe Role of the VTI13 Early Endosomal Pathway in the Arabidopsis Abiotic Stress Response
March 28Hannah DespresSurveillance of Vermont wildlife in 2022 reveals no detected SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA
April 4Bay VagherA Glucose Polymer and A Toxic Gas Walk into A Bar…A Dendritic Cell Activation Puzzle
April 11Lea DrogalisResolve to Solve: Structural Investigations of Human and T. cruzi DNA polymerase θ
April 18Pauline DiGianivittorioExploring the Role of Host-Derived Sphingolipids in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Interactions with the Host
April 25Sebastian Duno Mirandaβ-Cardiac Myosin Mutations in Dilated Cardiomyopathy
May 2Amanda FastiggiImplications of Ketone Bodies and Bronchial Smooth Muscle in Asthma and the Great Beyond
May 9Kiera MaloneThis protein will put a hex on you: Deciphering the structure and function of ATAD2/B
May 16Emily HoltThrough the Lens of Genetics: Impact of Host Genetic Variation on Gammaherpesvirus Outcomes and CNS Autoimmunity
May 23Randi Gravelle 
June 6NO SEMINARin recogniation of Phase I qualifying exams
June 13Kate QuinnInvestigating Epigenetic Regulation in ER+ Breast Cancer: Targeting ER Coregulators to Overcome Endocrine Therapy Resistance
June 20Alyssa Richman 
June 27Nate Shannon 
July 4Holiday Break 
July 11Gopika Nandagopal 
July 18CMB Meeting 
July 25

Jubilee Ajiboiye
Soyeon Gullickson

August 1Kanayo Ikeh
Jacob Mackinder
August 8Paola Pena
Shannon Prior
August 15Josh Victor
Jake Dearborn
August 29Will Dowell
Alicia Finney
September 5Erin Gaston
Victoria Gibson
September 2Amber Goerner
Bri Hilton
September 19Katherine Horrigan
Alyssa Hurley
September 26Sylvester Languon
Zach Miller
October 3Allison Morrissey
Maurice Newton
October 10Sarah-Catherine Paschall
Mona Ruban

October 17
Jayita Barua 
October 24  
October 31