PMB Seminars Fall 2013
(M) = Micro
(P) = Plant
|Date||Speaker / Affiliation / Title||Host|
Brandon Gaut (P)
|09/04||Jared Leadbetter (M)|
Environmental Microbiology | California Institute of Technology
"New Insights into Termite Hindgut Microbial Communities"
|09/11||John Harada (P)|
Plant Biology | University of California, Davis
“Dissection of Seed Development"
|09/18||Colleen Hansel (M)|
Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry | Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
"Microbial and Geochemical Cooperation in the Cycling and Mineralization of Manganese by Reactive Oxygen Species"
|09/25||Robert Fischer (P)|
Plant & Microbial Biology | University of California, Berkeley
"Function of DNA Demethylation in Plant Reproduction"
|10/02||Nels Elde (M)|
Human Genetics | University of Utah
"Molecular Arms Races Between Primates and Pathogens"
|10/09||Olaf Kruse (P)|
Biology | Center for Biotechnology | Bielefeld University, Germany
“Microalgae- Powerful Phototrophic Tools in Molecular Biotechnology”
|10/16||Thomas Bernhardt (M)|
Microbiology & Immunobiology | Harvard University
"The ABCs of Bacterial Cell Division and Cell Wall Biogenesis"
|10/23||Wolf B. Frommer (P)|
Plant Biology | Carnegie Institution for Science | Stanford University
"Novel Approaches for Visualization of Transport Processes in Vivo"
Joseph Spatafora (M)
Botany & Plant Pathology | Oregon State University
"Phylogenomics of Fungal Secondary Metabolism"
Kristin Bilyeu (P)
Agricultural Research Service | US Department of Agriculture
"The Next Commodity Soybean: Fundamental Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Applied to the Development of Soybeans with Improved Functional Oil Profiles"
* Reception to follow in 338 Kohsland Hall
Anne Pringle (M)
Jean-Pierre Jacquot (P)
Plant Biology | Universite de Lorraine France
The Bob B. Buchanan Celebration
"Connections between redox regulation and iron metabolism"
Plant Biology | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
The Bob B. Buchanan Celebration
"Protein Voyages: From Ribosomes to Organelles"
James Anderson (M)
Cell & Systems Biology | University of Toronto
"Architecture of Microevolutionary Change in Fungal Populations"
|Date||Speaker / Status / Title||Lab|
"Different Folks, Same Strokes: Global Xanthomonas Isolates Shae TAL Effectors with Common Cassava Gene Targets"
"Microbes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are also found in the gut of premature infants"
|10/21||Stephen C. Smith|
|10/21||Stephen C. Smith|
"Selection for Cheating in the legume-rhizobium mutualism"
"Ecology and Behavior of Pseudomonas Syringe Phages"
"Chloroplasts Regulate Plant Intercellular Transport"
"GIGANTEA and the maize circadian clock"
"Population genomics of Suillus brevipes"
Plant Gene Expression Center Seminars
The department hosts several seminars and endowed lectures throughout the academic year. Endowed lectures are paid for with private funds invested and held by the Regents of the University. The Daniel I. Arnon Lecture was established with resources from the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. The endowment also supports graduate students who are designated Arnon Fellows. The Bob B. Buchanan and Harry Tsujimoto Lectures were established with a generous gift from the K/T Foundation of San Francisco. The Taylor-White Lecture is the result of a collaboration of longtime colleagues.
The Arnon Lecture honors the late Professor Daniel I. Arnon (1910-1994). Arnon spent his career at Berkeley, obtaining his Ph.D. in plant nutrition with Dennis R. Hoagland and later joining the faculty. He is best known for his pioneering research in the fields of photosynthesis and plant nutrition. His career is recounted in a memoir written for the National Academy of Sciences. The lecture is held annually during Spring Semester. Speakers have made distinguished contributions to photosynthesis or a related field and are selected by the Arnon Lecture Committee.
|2000||Paul D. Boyer||2001||George H. Lorimer|
|2002||Bob B. Buchanan||2003||Jan M. Anderson|
|2004*||Jean-David Rochaix||2004*||F.R. Whatley|
|2005||Joanne Chory||2006||William A. Cramer|
|2007||Achim Trebst||2008||James Barber|
|2009||Elisabeth Gantt||2010||Arnon Centennial Symposium at Asilomar**|
|2011||Jürgen Soll||2012||Don Bryant|
The Bob. B. Buchanan Lecture honors Professor Bob B. Buchanan, a longtime faculty member in the department, who also serves as Executive Associate Dean of the College of Natural Resources. Professor Buchanan did undergraduate work at Emory and Henry College and obtained a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Duke University. After completing postdoctoral research with the late Professor Jesse C. Rabinowitz in the Department of Biochemistry, Buchanan joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1963. He is known for his contributions to microbiology, photosynthesis and plant biochemistry.
Speakers are typically young investigators on the way to achieving prominence in plant biology. They are selected by postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology.
|2001||Peter Schrümann||2001||Kenneth Cline|
|2002||Henry Daniell||2003||Julian Schroeder|
|2005||Jim Carrington||2005||Steve Kay|
|2007||Savithramma Dinesh-Kumar||2008||Jen Sheen|
|2009||Steve Jacobsen||2010||Dominique Bergmann|
|2011||Xuemei Chen||2012||Cyril Zipfel|
Our newest endowed lecture will debut in Fall Semester, 2013. It was planned when Dr. White was the Regents’ Lecturer for the Berkeley Campus, Fall Semester 2012 - Spring Semester 2013. It commemorates a scientific collaboration spanning three decades between Dr. White and Professor John Taylor of PMB.
White and Taylor began their collaboration on fungal molecular evolution in 1982 when Taylor invited White to an informal seminar in the Botany Department on the Berkeley campus to present his Cetus Corporation research on fungal enzymes that convert plant cell walls to sugar. Following that meeting, they used a cloned fungal ribosomal DNA to show that fungi were not close relatives of red algae (Kwok et al. 1986); a modest accomplishment, but one of the first efforts to apply molecular evolution to fungi. Read more about the Taylor-White Collaboration
The Tsujimoto Lecture honors Harry Y. Tsujimoto, an accomplished former Berkeley staff member. He did undergraduate work at Cornell University and obtained an M.S. in plant nutrition from UC Berkeley. Daniel Arnon was his thesis advisor. Tsujimoto spent 25 years as a member of the Arnon research group where he participated in major discoveries on photophosphorylation and ferredoxin. Graduate students select the speaker, a recognized individual in plant biology or microbial biology.
|2001||Christine Foyer||2002||Jen Sheen|
|2002||Kelly Dawe||2003||Rob Martienssen|
|2004||Massimo Pigliucci||2005||Luca Comai|
|2007||Craig Pikaard||2007||Brandon Gaut|
|2009||Elizabeth Arnold||2010||Mary Rumpho|
|2010||Nicolas Money||2011||Patrick Keeling|
|2012||Joseph Thornton||2013||Kristin Bilyeu|