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Meeting Schedule

Current Series: Fall 2022

October 13th, 2022


Hosts: Arthur Charles-Orszag and Karol Sanchez

  • Cody Lloyd, Pennsylvania State University​​

    • Title TBD

  • Stefan Schulze, Rochester Institute of Technology

    • Title TBD

  • Sean Carr, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

    • Title TBD


November 10th, 2022

Hosts: Rylee Hackley and Mackenzie Lynes

  • Pedro Leao, University of Texas​​

    • Title TBD

  • Jordan Greco, LambdaVision

    • Title TBD

  • Bradley Tolar, University of North Carolina - Wilmington

    • Title TBD


December 8th, 2022


Hosts: Mackenzie Lynes and Rylee Hackley

  • Nicole Fiore, University of Nebraska - Lincoln​​

    • Title TBD

  • Fernando Medina Ferrer, UC Berkeley

    • Title TBD

  • Paige Schlegel, Montana State University

    • Title TBD

Previous Presentations: Spring 2022

February 15th, 2022

Hosts: Mackenzie Lynes and Arthur Charles-Orszag

  • Dr. Rachel Harris, Harvard University​​

    • "Methanogens, perchlorates, transcriptomics, and Mars: Adaptive strategies of Methanosarcina barkeri to combat extreme oxidative stress​"

  • Angelina Nasthas, University of Florida

    • "OxsR in Chromatin Remodeling in Halophilic Archaea"

  • Pia Sen, NASA - Johnson Space Center

    • "Research Integration on the ISS: Things I've learned about experimental design and microbiology"


March 15th, 2022

Hosts: Farid Halim and Geovanni Santiago

  • Steven Bruckbauer, Brandeis University

    • "Live cell imaging of the Haloarchaeal DNA replication fork"

  • Dr. Catherine Badel, Indiana University

    • "The influence of chromosome organization on genome evolution in Sulfolobus"

  • Eduardo Bignon, Science for Life Foundation (Fundación Ciencia & Vida)

    • "Enveloped viruses in Haloarchaeas: viral receptor and membrane fusion"

April 19th, 2022

Hosts: Arthur Charles-Orszag and Mayel Silva-Flores

  • Aleksei Gendron, Virginia Tech

    • "Heterologous expression of methyl-coenzyme M reductase reveals the importance of organism-specific accessory proteins for proper assembly"

  • Mackenzie Lynes, Montana State University

    • "Phylogenetic and functional diversity of mcrA-encoding archaea in Yellowstone hot springs"

  • Dr. Divya Prakash, Pennsylvania State University

    • "Structure and function of an unusual flavodoxin from the domain Archaea"


May 17th, 2022


Hosts: Geovanni Santiago and Mayel Silva-Flores

  • Katie Andre, Colby College

    • "Investigation of the LonB Protease as a Key Regulator of Carotenoid Production in Haloferax volcanii"

  • Heather Schiller, University of Pennsylvania

    • "Identification and characterization of archaeal cell shape determinants"

  • Anders Kiledal, University of Delaware

    • "Backyard extremophiles: the haloarchaea inhabiting concrete"

Photo by Arthur Charles-Orszag