PMB Seminar Schedule

Fall 2017

August 22, 2017

Light-regulated genome reorganization in plant development

Dr. Mia Feng, Department of Biology, Duke University

Host: Dr. Jenny Xiang

August 29, 2017

Innovative Mass Spectrometry Approaches to Unravel Biology

David Muddiman, Department of Chemistry, North Carolina State University

Host: Dr. Deyu Xie

September 5, 2017

No Seminar

September 12, 2017


September 19, 2017

Beneficial modulators of the gut microbiome: galacto-oligosaccharides and lactose intolerance

Dr. Andrea Azcarate-Peril , Department of Cell Biology and Physiology,
Director, Microbiome Core Facility, University of North Carolina

Host: Eric Miller

September 26, 2017

Integration of genome-wide approaches with imaging tools and modeling to understand network dynamics regulating stem cell

Dr. Ross Sozzani, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, North Carolina State University

Host: Dr. Margo Daub

October 3, 2017

Plant Phylogenomics: Comparative Analyses of Plant Genes and Genomes

Dr. ​​​James H Leebens-Mack, University of Georgia

Host: Dr. Jenny Xiang

October 10, 2017

Tolyporphins, peculiar bacteriochlorins from a cyanobacterium-microbial community: Lights, camera, genomes!

Dr. Eric Miller, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, North Carolina State University

Host: Dr. Deyu Xie

October 17, 2017

Metabolic flux analysis in plants and microbes: insights into efficiency, engineering and evolution

Dr. Yair Shahar-Hill , Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University

Host: Dr. Heike Sederoff

October 24, 2017

Cryogenic Scanning Electron Microscopy: Principles, Practices and Applications

Dr. Chuanzhen Zhou , North Carolina State University, AIF

Host: Dr. Candace Haigler

Abstract. Cryo-scanning electron microscopy (CSEM) is reviewed by exploring how the images obtained have changed paradigms of plant functions and interactions with their environment. Its power to arrest and stabilise plant parts in milliseconds, and to preserve them at full hydration for examination at micrometre resolution has changed many views of plant function. For example, it provides the only feasible way of accurately measuring stomatal aperture during active transpiration, and volume and shape changes in guard cells, or examining the contents of laticifers. It has revealed that many xylem conduits contain gas, not liquid, during the day, and that they can be refilled with sap and resume water transport. It has elucidated the management of ice to prevent cell damage in frost tolerant plants and has revealed for the first time inherent biological and physical features of root/soil interactions in the field. CSEM is increasingly used to reveal complementary
structural information in studies of metabolism, fungal infection and symbiosis, molecular and genetic analysis.

October 31, 2017


Dr. Kirk Francis, BASF

Host: Marcela Rojas-Pierce

November 7, 2017

Matrilineal, a sperm-specific phospholipase, triggers maize haploid induction

Dr. Timothy Kelliher, Syngenta, RTP

Host: Dr. Bob Franks

November 14, 2017

Floral pharmacies for native bees

Dr. Rebecca Irwin, Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University

Host: Dr. Bill Hoffmann

November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving holiday season


November 27, 2017


Dr. Mark Estelle, Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego

Host: Dr. Anna Stepanova (Shared with Genetics)

November 28, 2017

Co-host with Genetics on Nov. 27


December 5, 2017

Final exam week