Calendar of Events

Biology Majors Meeting

Biology Majors Meeting

September 11, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Informational Meeting for current and prospective Biology Majors

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Biology Seminar

Biology Seminar

September 18, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016

Michelle Markstein, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests: Stem cells and cancer

The Markstein lab seeks to understand the stem cell properties of cancer cells with the goal of developing new cancer therapeutics. We focus on cell-cell interactions within the stem cell microenvironment and on the plasticity of stem cell genome architecture. Our approach is in vivo, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to screen for anti-cancer drugs and drug targets.

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Biology Seminar

Biology Seminar

September 25, 20144:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Druckenmiller Hall, Room 020

Jon D. Witman, Professor, Biology Deparment, Brown University

Research Overview:
My research is directed toward understanding the dynamics of populations and communities living in marine hard substrate habitats. Our lab is conducting research focused around three themes: 1) physical forcing of marine benthic ecosystems, 2) studies on the origin vs. the maintenance of pattern, and 3) marine biodiversity. How community structuring processes vary with scale is a consideration that pervades all aspects of our research.

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