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.

2021-2022 Seminar Schedule

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

September 28Alex Thompson"Pathogenic Mutations in the Chromokinesin KIF22 Disrupt Anaphase Chromosome Segregation"
October 5Annalis Whitaker"An agnostic approach to map the human anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody repertoire"
October 12Evan Hoffman"Ex vivo human alveolar hydrogels promote iPSC-derived alveolar type 2 epithelial cell maturation and differentiation"
October 19No Seminar 
October 26Dean’s Excellence in Research Celebration 
November 2Rachel Stadler“Visualizing force production during 3D motility of Toxoplasma gondii”
November 9Katie Svec"Mechano-chemical regulation of subcellular signaling during cell migration"
November 16Andrea Foote"Investigating the role of aromatic residues in Purβ transcription factor function"
November 23Thanksgiving Break 
November 30Alisa Cario"A New Take on Tau Dysfunction: The Pathogenic Mutation, R5L, Disrupts Tau Patch Formation on Microtubules"
December 7Lucy Pilcher"Snord116p- mice undergo less pathological remodeling after myocardial infarction"
December 28Winter Break 
January 4Emory Pacht"Hydroxymethylation across the cattle brain"
January 11Mingu Kang"Investigating Talin as a putative focal adhesion A-kinase anchoring protein (AKAP)"
January 18Theresa Montgomery"Commensal Lactobacillus reuteri tryptophan catabolism promotes host susceptibility to CNS autoimmunity"
January 25Julia Snyder"Genetic regulation of nitric oxide -mediated metabolic reprogramming in dendritic cells"
February 1Trevor Wolf"Transcription Factor Recruitment of Polycomb Repressive Complex in Autism Spectrum Disorder"
February 8Frances Male"Perforation of the host cell membrane and parasite protein injection during invasion by Toxoplasma gondii"
February 15Bristy Sabikunnahar"LncRNA U90926 is induced in activated macrophages, encodes a novel secreted peptide, and is protective in endotoxic shock"
February 22No CMB Seminar 
March 1Town Meeting Day 
March 8Spring Break 
March 15Cole Davidson - Defense"Thyroid Hormone Receptor Beta Inhibits PI3K Signaling and Glycogen
Metabolism in Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer"
March 22Cong Gao"Epigenomic analysis of breast cancer progression"
March 29Sean Lenahan"Linking STK11 Loss with the Tumor Immune Response in an Inducible Mouse Model of Kras-driven Lung Adenocarcinoma: Implications for Anti-PD-1 Therapy Resistance"
April 5Ethan Mattice"Drug Detectives: Target Identification Unit
Utilizing Complimentary Approaches to Identify the Molecular Target of anticryptosporidial lead MMV665917"
April 12Katie Queen"Modification at S357 in the neck linker of KIF18A alters the localization and function of the motor"
April 19Alqassem Abuarqoub"Exploring the Intersection of the Mitochondria and Epigenetics in DIPG"
April 26Bethany Mihavics"Crypto Culture: In vitro intestinal epithelial models to study Cryptosporidium infection"
May 3Hannah Despres"The Role of Influenza Filaments in Virulence and Transmission"
May 10Lea Drogalis"Double-Strand Break Repair in Human Polymerase θ and Trypanosoma cruzi Polymerase θ"
May 17Pauline DiGianivittorio"Exploring the Role of Host-Derived Sphingolipids in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Interactions with the Host"
May 24Sebastian Duno-Miranda“β-Cardiac Myosin Mutations in Dilated Cardiomyopathy”
May 31Emily Giddings"The Effect of AUTS2 in Models of Alcohol Use Disorders"
June 7Jonathon Ferrell"Molecular Modeling as a Combinatorics Problem in Analysis and Coarse Graining"
June 14Amanda Fastiggi"Bronchial Smooth Muscle as a Target for Therapeutic Ketosis in Asthma"
June 21Randi Gravelle"The role of Miro1-mediated mitochondrial positioning in the development and metastasis of breast cancer"
June 28Emily Holt"Genetic Analysis of CNS Autoimmunity Using Collaborative Cross Mice Reveals Unique Disease Phenotypes"
July 5Emily Joyce"Investigating the Role of Selenium in Bacterial tRNA: A Stress Responsive tRNA Modification?"
July 12Kiera Malone"Insights into the chromatin interaction domains of ATAD2 and ATAD2B using a structure-function approach"
July 19Kate Quinn"Investigating chromatin reader proteins in endocrine therapy resistant breast cancer"
July 26Alyssa Richman"Epigenetic mechanisms of IKAROS tumor suppressor in acute lymphoblastic leukemia"
August 2Regina Visconti 
August 9Pika Nandagopal 
August 16Kip Strother 
August 23Marcus Weinman 
August 30Nate Shannon 
September 6Jayita Barua 
September 13Bay Vagher 
September 20Anne Snyder 
September 27Jubilee Ajiboye
Soyeon Gullickson
October 4Shannon Prior
Kanayo Ikeh
October 11Paola Pena
Jacob Mackinder
October 18Josh Victor