Molecular (MCDB) and Work In Progress (WIPS) Seminars

Our Department hosts leaders in their fields to present their research during our weekly “Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology” seminar series. Graduate students present their research during regular work-in-progress seminars (WIPS) to the department. (Schedule will be listed below)

The MCDB Seminars are held on Mondays at 11:45 am in Stewart Bio N2/2.
Refreshments will be served at 11:30 am.

Fall 2023

Date/Time Speaker Title Host(s)

Monday, September 11th, 2023 

Masato Kanemaki
National Institute of Genetics
Exploring human DNA replication with an improved auxin-inducible degron technology [view poster] Rodrigo Reyes
Monday, October 2nd, 2023  Tomoko Ohyama
McGill University

Comparative connectomics and escape behavior in larvae of closely related Drosophila species

Monday, October 16th, 2023

Arkady Khoutorsky
McGill University

Peripheral and central mechanisms of chronic pain Jon Sakata
Monday, October 23rd, 2023  Lisa Munter
McGill University
Alzheimer's disease and the physiological function of amyloid precursor protein (APP)

Alanna Watt

Monday, October 30th, 2023 

Vincent Archambault

Molecular mechanisms that regulate the cell division cycle Nam-Sung Moon
Monday, November 6th, 2023 

Anne-Lise Routier
University of Montreal

Mechanical factors controlling plant shape, from single cells to organs Hugo Zheng
Monday, November 13th, 2023 

Justin Kollman
University of Washington

Enzyme polymerization provides allosteric mechanisms for metabolic control Jackie Vogel
Monday, November 20th, 2023  Eric Dufresne
Cornell University
Living droplets get to work Jackie Vogel
Monday, November 27th, 2023

Christian Lesterlin

DNA transfer by conjugation in live-cells Rodrigo Reyes

Molecular Biology - Work in Progress Seminars (WIPS)

Our Work in Progress seminars are intended primarily for Doctoral candidates to prepare for or deliver their Ph.D. Seminar presentations. Master's students are also welcome to discuss their research and seek feedback. The student reps for WIPs are Maggie Chang (maggie.chang [at] and Shannon Sim (shannon.sim [at]
WIPS are held on Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm in Stewart Bio, N7/1.

Date Presenter 1 Presenter 2
October 19th, 2023 Eric Cheng (Gerhold) N/A
October 26th, 2023 Maddy Shred (Brouhard) Mary Nicoll (Dankort)
November 2nd, 2023 Pablo Rascon Perez (Reyes) Qiyao Lin (Hayer)
November 9th, 2023 McLean Sherrin (Roy) Alexandra Paquette (Brouhard)
November 16th, 2023 Alison Kem-Seng (Gerhold) Baishali Mukherjee (Hayer)
November 23rd, 2023 Claire Ramsay (Lasko/Abouheif) Elena Jurczak (Roy)
November 30th, 2023 Noah Lilienfeldt (Hekimi) Ana Paulina Gutierrez Alejandre (Reyes)
December 7th, 2023 Sabih Rashid (Roy) Peng A (Weber)
December 14th, 2023 PhD Seminar: Christopher Wong (Roy) N/A
January 4th, 2024 Maria Manea (Dankort) Timea Papp (Dankort)
January 11th, 2024 Nada El Baba (Hayer) Kaitlin Mac Donald (Nilson)
January 18yj, 2024 Katherine Morelli (Vogel) Rodrigo Migueles Ramirez (Hayer)
January 25th, 2024 Silma Subah (Zetka) Priscila Medrano Gonzalez (Gerhold)
February 1st, 2024 Khalid Al-Naemi (Vogel) Bruna Soares de Souza (Watt)
February 8th, 2024 Noor Randhawa (Moon) Colten Peters (Vogel)
February 15th, 2024 Alyssa Centonza-Brenie (Zetka) Masoumeh Shafiei Darabi (Reyes)
February 22nd, 2024 PhD Seminar: Kelvin Ip (Nilson) N/A
February 29th, 2024 PhD Seminar: Shannon Sim (Vogel) N/A
March 14th, 2024 PhD Seminar: Navei Cerda Hernandez (Bureau) N/A
March 21st, 2024 Mariam Anwar (Lasko/Abouheif) Sara Zdanovskis (Weber)
March 28th, 2024 Nikolai Ho (Schöck) Long Truong-Ong (Hekimi)
April 4th, 2024 Tanaka Mutsayi (Vogel) Jose Medina (Schöck)
April 11th, 2024 Yifan Tai (Hekimi) Arghya Das (Moon)
April 18th, 2024 Seph Marshall-Burghardt (Hayer) Amirhossein Pezeshki Najafabadi (Zetka)
April 25th, 2024 PhD Seminar: Viridiana Lopez Jauregui (Reyes) N/A


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