Past events

09
Aug
2018
Speaker: Kathryn Parker - PhD exit seminar
Apicomplexans are a phylum of unicellular eukaryotic parasites that cause a range of diseases in humans, including toxoplasmosis and malaria. Other apicomplexan parasites afflict animal species, causing significant animal suffering and economic loss in the livestock industry.
03
Aug
2018
Speaker: Loeske Kruuk, E&E, RSB
Evolutionary biology is under-pinned by an elegant framework of theoretical models that predict the dynamics of within-population change.
31
Jul
2018
Speaker: Dr David Stephens
A new climate has emerged across Australia since the turn of the 21st century with a “step-down” in winter rainfall across southern Australia and summer rainfall increasing as a function of latitude north.
31
Jul
2018
Speaker: Matt Hahn, Indiana University
Phylogenomics has revealed unexpected levels of disagreement among gene trees in almost every clade examined.  While error in tree inference must play some role in this discordance, biological causes of discordance—primarily incomplete lineage sorting and introgression—provide rich information ab
26
Jul
2018
Speaker: Dr. Charles D. Cox - Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Mechanosensitive channels are fundamental molecular components of mechanosensory systems in all organisms. Over the last 5-10 years Piezo channels have emerged as a central mechanosensing family in mammals.
24
Jul
2018
Speaker: Andrew Cockburn, E&E, RSB
In recent years a number of high profile publications have used phylogenetically explicit comparative methods to attempt to explain the distribution of cooperative breeding in birds, which occurs in about 10% of species.  These attempts suffer from a common suite of problems, many of which repres
20
Jul
2018
Speaker: Associate Professor Spencer Whitney
The need to feed and fuel a growing global population has led to increased exploitation of synthetic biology tools (SynBio) to adjust metabolism, including photosynthesis, towards enhancing plant growth.
11
Jul
2018
Speaker: Professor Robert Hasterok, University of Silesia, Poland
Modern molecular cytogenetics amalgamates various methodological approaches of cytology, molecular genetics and advanced digital image analysis and focuses on the study of nuclear genomes at the microscopic level.
06
Jul
2018
Speaker: Professor Cassandra G. Extavour, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
How novel genes arise in the genome, whether and how they become incorporated into existing gene regulatory networks, and how they can evolve to acquire novel functional over time, are open questions in evolutionary biology.

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