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A poster of this schedule is available (PDF format).

Fall Semester 2017 Michigan State University
Seminars begin at 11:30 a.m. Fridays,  with refreshments served at 11:15 a.m.
Seminars are in Room 1400 Biomedical & Physical Sciences Building (unless noted otherwise).
Select seminar date to see schedule for meeting with the seminar speaker
(available for select seminars only – contact organizers for more info).

Friday, September 15  
  Pankaj Metha, Department of Physics, Boston University
  Understanding Emergent Behaviors in Biology: From Cell Fate to Microbial Ecosystems
Friday, September 22  
  Insoo Hyun, Department of Bioethics, Director of the CWRU Stem Cell Ethics Center, Case Western Reserve University
  Ethics at the Edge of Science: Biomedical Ethics of Genome Engineering
Friday, September 29  
  James Bardwell, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, University of Michigan
  Watching a Chaperone Fold a Protein at High Resolution
Friday, October 6  
  Sunduz Keles, Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics and Department of Statistics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  Statistical data integration for genomic and epigenomic data
Friday, October 13  
  Orly Alter, Department of Bioengineering, University of Utah
  Multi-Tensor Decompositions for Personalized Cancer Diagnostics and Prognostics
Friday, October 20  
  Neil Kane, Director, Undergraduate Entrepreneurship, Michigan State University
  Changing the World in Nine Easy Steps: Entrepreneurship in STEM
Friday, October 27  
  Sohini Ramachandran, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Center for Computational Molecular Biology, Brown University
  Causes and Consequences of Human Genomic Variation
Friday, November 3  
  John Ralston, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas
  How to Find Gold in Data: If Any!
Friday, November 10  
  Rongling Wu, Department of Public Health Sciences and Statistics and Director of Center for Statistical Genetics, Pennsylvania State University
  Statistical Genetics and Genomics: A Computational-experimental Framework to Map Plant Coexistence
Friday, November 17  
  Jeff Gore, Department of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  A Bottom-up Approach to Microbial Community Assembly
Friday, December 1  
  Arjun Krishnan, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Michigan State University
  Nobody Knew Things Were This Complicated: Data-driven Insights On Complex Disease
Friday, December 8  
  Wen Huang, Animal Genetics and Genomics, Department of Animal Science, Michigan State University
  Genetics of Complex Quantitative Traits

Seminar Organizers:
Interdisciplinary Physics Seminars:
Carlo Piermarocchi, Physics & Astronomy carlo@pa.msu.edu
Ruby Ghosh, Physics & Astronomy ghosh@pa.msu.edu
Engineering Seminars:
Richard Lunt, Chemical Engineering & Material Science rlunt@egr.msu.edu
Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease Seminars:
George Mias, Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease gmias@msu.edu
David Arnosti, Quantitative Biology / Gene Expression in Development & Disease arnosti@msu.edu

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Fall 2013;   Spring 2013;   Fall 2012;   Spring 2012;   Fall 2011;   Spring 2011;   Fall 2010;   Spring 2010;  
Fall 2009;   Spring 2009;   Fall 2008;   Spring 2008;   Fall 2007;   Spring 2007;   Fall 2006;   Spring 2006;  
Fall 2005;   Spring 2005;   Fall 2004;   Spring 2004;   Fall 2003;   Spring 2003;   Fall 2002;   Fall 2001;   Spring 2001