February 15th, 2022

Hosts: TBD

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March 15th, 2022

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April 19th, 2022

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May 17th, 2022


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Meeting Schedule

Our meetings take place every third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 PM EST

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Current Semester: Spring 2022

September 14, 2021


Hosts: Farid Halim (University of Minnesota) and Rylee Hackley (Duke University)

  • Julian Damashek, Utica College
    “Determining global patterns of freshwater Thaumarchaeal diversity by mining hundreds of metagenomes”


  • Avery Fulford, Duke University
    “A comparative genomic analysis of the 250-million-year-old halophilic archaeon Halosimplex carlsbadense with related species”


  • Benjamin Tully, University of Southern California
    “Phylogenetic, functional, and ecological diversity of the ammonia-oxidizing genus Nitrosopelagicus

October 12, 2021

Hosts: Rylee Hackley (host, Duke University) and Farid Halim (co-host, University of Minnesota)

  • Ricardo Couto-Rodríguez, University of Florida
    “Lysine acetylation during oxidative stress response in the halophilic archaeon Haloferax volcanii


  • Joel Graham, University of Maryland
    “Oxygen respiration supports energy conservation in Methanosarcinales”


  • Rocío Daniela Ferregrino, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología
    “Characterization of the Krebs cycle and its physiological role in Methanosarcina acetivorans


November 9, 2021

Hosts: Arthur Charles-Orszag (UC San Francisco) and Mackenzie Lynes (Montana State University)

  • Mariana Costa (Universidad Mar de Plata)
    "Synthesis and characterization of silver and gold nanoparticles produced by the archaeon Haloferax volcanii"


  • Christine Click (University of Florida)
    "Reverse Methanogenesis"


  • Saaz Sakrikar (Duke University)
    "Histone of halophilic archaea blurs the line between transcription factor and chromatin protein"

December 14, 2021


Hosts: Mackenzie Lynes (Montana State University) and Arthur Charles-Orszag (UC San Francisco)

  • Cesar Ovando, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología​​

       "Microbial side for the "El Chichón" Volcano"​

  • Criston Young, University of Pennsylvania

       "Accessible and insightful scientific learning experiences using the                     microorganism Haloferax volcanii"

  • Betsy Peña, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología

       "Life in an active volcano: tolerance mechanisms"​

Previous Semester: Fall 2021

Photo by Arthur Charles-Orszag