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Applied Mathematics | Chemistry & Biochemistry | Physics | Quantitative & Systems Biology

Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/27/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
9/3/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
9/10/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
9/17/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
9/24/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
10/1/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
10/8/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
10/15/2021 JEDI Film Screening - Coded Bias & Discussion Suzanne Sindi Coded Bias Flyer
10/22/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
10/29/2021 Tomas Rube, UC Merced Suzanne Sindi Quantifying Sequence Recognition by Regulatory Proteins Through Principled Analysis of High-Throughput Sequencing Data
11/5/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
11/12/2021 Yuanran Zhu, UC Merced Suzanne Sindi Reduced-order modeling for the high-dimensional dynamical system: Methodologies and applications
11/19/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
11/26/2021 NO SEMINAR - HOLIDAY --- ---
12/3/2021 Tommaso Buvoli, UC Merced Suzanne Sindi TBD
12/10/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/27/2021 Willow Coyote-Maestas, UCSF Michael Thompson Biochemistry / Organic - Sequencing Based Approaches to Engineer and Study Ion Channel Trafficking, Function, and Regulation
9/3/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
9/10/2021 Hugo Tapia, CSU Channel Islands Shahar Sukenik Biochemistry / Organic (1:30 pm) : Drying without Dying - Desiccation as a Novel Window into Stress Biology
9/10/2021 Filippo Lipparini, University of Pisa Hrant Hratchian Physical / Materials (10:30 am) : Theory and Linear Scaling Implementation of a Polarizable QM/AMOEBA/Continuum Embedding
9/17/2021 Himanshu Mishra, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Son Nguyen Physical / Materials (10:30 am) : Probing Water's Edge
9/24/2021 James Shepherd, University of Iowa TBD Afternoon Physical / Materials : Developing Electronic Structure Methods for Metals and Electrons with Finite Temperature
10/1/2021 Morgan Hawker, CSU Fresno Son Nguyen Physical / Materials - Where the 4th State of Matter Meets Biomedical Devices: Using Plasma Processing to Customize Natural Polymer Surfaces
10/8/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
10/15/2021 Masaki Uchida, CSU Fresno Son Nguyen Physical / Materials - Protein Cages as Platforms for Bioinspired Materials Synthesis Across Multiple Length Scale
10/22/2021 Marco Messina, PPF at UC Berkeley with Chris Change Michael Findlater Biochemistry / Organic - Harnessing Chemoselective and Biocompatible Reactivity for Developing New Functional Materials and Biological Probes
10/29/2021 Aleksandr Noy, UC Merced and LLNL Son Nguyen Physical / Materials - Nanofluidics in Sub-1-nanometer Diameter Carbon Nanotube Porins
11/5/2021 Lali Deshmukh Andy LiWang Biochemistry / Organic - Study of PTM-Mediated Reversible Amyloids, Condensates, Autoinhibition, and Membrane Interactions of Human ALIX
11/12/2021 Chris Giebink, Penn State Christine Isborn Physical / Materials - Charged Polaritons in Organic Semiconductors
11/12/2021 Nadia Leonard, UC Irvine Rebeca Arevalo Biochemistry / Organic - Electrostatic Effects at Transition Metal Complexes: Tools for Controlling Reactivity
11/19/2021 Yadong Yin, UC Riverside Son Nguyen Designing Plasmonic Nanostructures for Smart Materials
11/26/2021 NO SEMINAR - HOLIDAY --- ---
12/3/2021 Terefe Habteyes, University of New Mexico Son Nguyen Physical / Materials - Localized surface field as omnipotent probe of physicochemical processes
12/10/2021 Patrick Huang, CSU East Bay Christine Isborn Physical / Materials - From many to few electrons: An overview of electronic structure theory and applications at Cal State East Bay
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/27/2021 Postponed - -
9/3/2021 Kristina Callaghan, UC Merced Daniel Beller Strategies for Increasing the Effectiveness of Active Learning in the Classroom
9/10/2021 Gia-Wei Chern, U. Virginia Chih-Chun Chien Quantum Molecular Dynamics of Metal-Insulator Transition In Correlated Electron Systems Theory
9/17/2021 Dong Yu, UC Davis David Strubbe Exciton Transport in Halide Perovskites and Topological Insulators
9/24/2021 Janice Lee, UC Davis Sarah Loebman The PHANGS HST & JWST Surveys: A Census of Star Clusters and Multi-Scale Stellar Associations in Nearby Spiral Galaxies
10/1/2021 Joey Paulsen, Syracuse University Daniel Beller The Wrinkle-to-Crumple Transition in Thin Elastic Solids
10/8/2021 Xufeng Wu, NIH Jing Xu Principles and Applications of Super Resolution Imaging to Studies of Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Living Cells
10/15/2021 Frank Narducci, Naval Postgraduate school Jay Sharping Novel Atom Interferometers
10/22/2021 Abhay Pasupathy Mehmet Baykara New Quantum Materials by Twisting and Stretching
10/29/2021 Frank van den Bosch, Yale University Anna Nierenberg New Insight into Cosmology and the Galaxy-Halo Connection from Non-Linear Scales
11/5/2021 Mohamed Gharbi, University of Masschusetts, Boston Daniel Beller Reconfigurable Assembly of Nanoparticles in Smectic Films Confined at Curved Surfaces
11/12/2021 Margaret Gardel, University of Chicago Ajay Gopinathan Physics of Morphogenetic Matter
11/19/2021 Anna Nierenberg, UC Merced Daniel Beller Testing the Nature of Dark Matter with Strong Gravitational Lensing
11/26/2021 NO SEMINAR - HOLIDAY --- ---
12/3/2021 Kim Weirich, Clemson University Arvind Gopinath Combined Seminar with BioE - TBD
12/10/2021 PHYS 196 Presentations Brian Utter ---
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/27/2021 Postponed  - -
9/3/2021 QSB Faculty Lightning Talks Juris Grasis Lightning Talks
9/10/2021 Jeroen Saeij, UC Davis Kirk Jensen Identification of novel Toxoplasma virulence factors using CRISPR/Cas9 screens
9/17/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
9/24/2021 Bobby Herrera, Harvard School of Public Health Michele Nishiguchi Exploiting Adaptive Immunity to Detect and Disarm Emerging RNA Viruses
10/1/2021 Jeffrey J. Fredberg, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Michele Nishiguchi Epithelial Cell Jamming in Development, Asthma and Cancer
10/8/2021 Ariel Escobar, UC Merced Chris Amemiya Thermodynamic Analysis of the Intracellular Ca2+ Dynamics Using (FLOM) Reveals the Molecular Mechanisms of T-Wave Alternans in the Heart
10/15/2021 JGI Intern Presentations Juris Grasis JGI Intern Presentations Flyer
10/22/2021 Diane Campbell, UC Irvine Emily Moran It's About Time: How Will a Changing Climate Influence Natural Selection and Demography in Plant-Pollinator Systems?
10/29/2021 Ruben Michael Ceballos Patti LiWang Host-Virus Interactions Across Domains of Life: Archaeal Fuselloviruses and Human Roseolaviruses
11/5/2021 Bo Huang, UC San Francisco Stephanie Woo Watching the Inner Life of Cells
11/12/2021 Virginia Weis, Oregon State University Juris Grasis Coral Symbiosis Cell Biology in the Age of Climate Crisis: Turning Discovery into Solutions for Saving Reefs
11/19/2021 Bennet Novitch, UC Los Angeles Xuecai Ge Integrative Modeling of Human Brain Development and Neurodevelopment Disorders
11/26/2021 NO SEMINAR - HOLIDAY --- ---
12/3/2021 Eric Bennett, UC San Diego Fred Wolf Tuning Translation with Ubiquitin
12/10/2021 Mays Imad, Pina Community College Petra Kranzfelder TBD
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
1/29/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
2/5/2021 "Picture a Scientist" Viewing - -
2/12/2021 Howard Stone, Princeton University Francois Blanchette Two short analytical stories: (1) Thin films, an edge, and a novel similarity solution and (2) A new look at ODEs and resonance
2/19/2021 NO SPEAKER - GVW - -
2/26/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
3/5/2021 TBD TBD TBD
3/12/2021 Natalia Komarova, UC Irvine Suzanne Sindi Mathematics of Evolution: mutations, selection, and random environments
3/19/2021 Ricardo Carretero, San Diego State Univeristy  Boaz Ilan Vortices and Vortex Rings in Quantum Superfluids: A Quasi-particle Approach
3/26/2021 NO SPEAKER - HOLIDAY - -
4/2/2021 Jean-Luc Thiffeault, University of Wisconsin - Madison Shilpa Khatri Shake Your Hips: An Active Particle With A Fluctuating Propulsion Force
4/9/2021 TBD TBD TBD
4/16/2021 TBD TBD TBD
4/23/2021 TBD TBD TBD
4/30/2021 TBD TBD TBD`
5/7/2021 TBD TBD TBD
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
1/29/2021 Bercem Dutgaci, UC Merced Christine Isborn Biochemistry/Organic
2/5/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
2/12/2021 Roberto Andresen, UC Merced Christine Isborn Biochemistry/Organic - Force Spectroscopy of Biointerfaces – Controlling Adhesion, Lubrication, and Wear
2/19/2021 Paulo Zaragoza, UC Berkeley Mike Thompson Biochemistry / Organic - Tuning the Reactivity Landscape of Metalloenzymes: From Active Site Modifications to Long-range Dynamic Effects
2/26/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
3/5/2021 Tod Pascal, UC San Diego Christine Isborn Physical / Materials - Entropic and Quantum Effects at Solid/Liquid Interfaces
3/12/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
3/19/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
3/26/2021 NO SPEAKER - HOLIDAY - -
4/2/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
4/9/2021 Megan Jackson, UC Berkeley Anne Kelley Physical / Materials - Molecular Design of Solids and Surfaces
4/16/2021 Onn Brandman, Stanford University Shahar Sukenik Biochemistry / Organic - Viscoadaptation: Cellular Control of Viscosity
4/16/2021 Jesse Peltier, UC Berkeley Erik Menke Physical / Materials - Cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes: from Replacing Metals to Metal Replacement
4/23/2021 TBD TBD TBD
4/30/2021 TBD TBD TBD
5/7/2021 TBD TBD TBD
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
1/29/2021 Alison E. Patteson, Syracuse University Arvind Gopinath How Cells Cope with Stress and Handle COVID-19
2/5/2021 Te-Yu Chien, University of Wyoming Chih-Chun Chien Electronic Properties of Novel Materials – Photovoltaic, 2D Magnetic, and Topological Materials
2/12/2021 Linda Hung, Toyota Research Institute David Strubbe Machine Learning to Accelerate the Discovery of Energy Materials
2/19/2021 Marla Geha, Yale University Anna Nierenberg The SAGA Survey: Exploring Satellite Galaxies Around Milky Way Analogs
2/26/2021 "Picture A Scientist" Viewing Daniel Beller -
3/5/2021 Charlie Conroy, Harvard Center for Astrophysics Anna Nierenberg Mapping the Galaxy with the H3 Survey
3/12/2021 Timothy Peshek, NASA Glenn Research Center Sayantani Ghosh It's Only A Paper Moon
3/19/2021 NO SPEAKER  - -
3/26/2021 NO SPEAKER - HOLIDAY - -
4/2/2021 Kandice Tanner, NIH Jing Xu Microenvironment regulation of metastasis 
4/9/2021 John Perdew, Temple David Strubbe Predictive Power of the Exact Contraints and Appropriate Norms in Density Functional Theory, with Interpretations of Ground-State Symmetry Breaking and Strong Correlation 
4/16/2021 Francesca Serra, Johns Hopkins University Daniel Beller Liquid crystal topological defects across phases and materials
4/23/2021 Hui Cai, UC Merced  Daniel Beller Tailoring the Properties of 2D Materials from Controlled Synthesis
4/30/2021 Sarah Loebman, UC Merced Daniel Beller Connecting Across Scales: Simulating and Understanding the Evolving Milky Way
5/7/2021 PHYS 196 Presentations Brian Utter Undergraduate Physics Research Symposium
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
1/29/2021 NO SPEAKER - -
2/5/2021 TBD TBD TBD
2/12/2021 TBD TBD TBD
2/19/2021 GVW TBD TBD
2/26/2021 TBD TBD TBD
3/5/2021 TBD TBD TBD
3/12/2021 Thaddeus D. Seher, University of California, Merced Emily Jane McTavish Making hard genome editing easy (with CRISPR/Cas-induced homology-directed repair)
3/19/2021 TBD TBD TBD
3/26/2021 NO SPEAKER - HOLIDAY - -
4/2/2021 Elizabeth Heath-Heckman, Michigan State University TBD It isn’t just what you say, but how you say it: Context-dependent signaling between partners in the squid-vibrio symbiosis
4/9/2021 TBD TBD TBD
4/16/2021 TBD TBD TBD
4/23/2021 Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley Jason Sexton Getting rid of species: implications of a truly evolutionary view of biodiversity
4/30/2021 TBD TBD TBD
5/7/2021 John Hammer, NIH Jing Xu

Exploring myosin diversity, dynamics and function using super resolution microscopy

Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/28/2020 NONE - -
9/4/2020 NONE - -
9/11/2020 NONE - -
9/18/2020 NONE - -
9/25/2020 Amala Mahadevan, Woods Hole Oceanography Institute Erica Rutter/Shilpa Khatri Sinking Particles in The Ocean
10/2/2020 NONE - -
10/9/2020 NONE - -


Ricardo Cortez, Tulane University Shilpa Khatri Computational Models of Self-Propelled Microscopic Elastic Filaments in a Viscuous Fluid with Biological Applications
10/23/2020 NONE - -
10/30/2020 Jeff Hittenger, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Erica Rutter Simulating at the Extreme: Making Every Bit Count
11/6/2020 TBD TBD TBD
11/13/2020 Deanna Needell, UC Los Angeles Chrysoula Tsogka Online Nonnegative Matrix Factorization for Markovian and Other Real Data
11/20/2020 TBD TBD TBD
11/27/2020 HOLIDAY - NO SPEAKER - -
12/4/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
12/11/2020 Kristin Swanson, Mayo Clinic Erica Rutter Sex, Drugs and Radiomics of Brain Cancer
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/28/2020 NONE - Course Intro - -
9/4/2020 Journal - -
9/11/2020 Oliver Gessner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Son Nguyen Electronic Dynamics Underlying Molecular & Nanoplasmonic Light Harvesting Studied by X-Ray Spectroscopy
9/18/2020 Journal - -
9/25/2020 Leili Zhang, IBM Liang Shi Structural Basis of the Potential Binding Mechanism of Remdesivir to SARS-CoV-2 RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase
10/2/2020 Journal - -

Cancelled - Renee Frontiera, University of Minnesota

Son Nguyen Spectroscopic Probes of Plasmon-Driven Chemical Reactions
10/16/2020 Journal - -
10/23/2020 Shaama Mallikarjun Sharada, University of Southern California Hrant Hratchian The Pursuit of Free Energies and Free Energy Relationships
10/30/2020 Journal - -
11/6/2020 Vincent Hilser, Johns Hopkins Mike Thompson Allosteric tuning of dynamics can drive cold adaptation in an enzyme
11/13/2020 Journal - -
11/20/2020 Benedetta Mennucci, Italy Christine Isborn Proteins & Light: Which Modeling?
11/27/2020 HOLIDAY - NO SPEAKER - -
12/4/2020 Journal - -
12/11/2020 Carlos Castaneda, Syracuse Shahar Sukenik The Function and Mechanisms of UBQLN2-mediated Phase Transitions in Protein Quality Control and Neurodegenerative Diseases
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/28/2020 Sharon Gerbode, Harvey Mudd Kinjal Dasbiswas Shape Matters - How Wavy Crystal Grains Shrink Faster
9/4/2020 David Grier, NYU Ajay Gopinathan Holography and the Pandemic: Using holographic video microscopy for rapid immunoassays
9/11/2020 Julia Yeomans, Oxford Daniel Beller Self-Propelled Topological Defects
9/18/2020 Moumita Das, Rochester Institute of Technology Daniel Beller Collective Behavior Underlying the Mechanobiology of Tissues
9/25/2020 Keir Neuman, NIH Jing Xiu Cracking and buckling: Defect Driven Mechanics of Collagen and DNA
10/2/2020 David Hogg, New York University  Sarah Loebman Seeing Orbits and Seeing the Dark Matter
10/9/2020 Nathaniel Stern, Northwestern University Sayantani Ghosh Playing with Photons in Flatland: Controlling Light and Matter in Two-Dimensional Methods
10/16/2020 Nicola Spaldin, ETH Zurich Beth Nowadnick From Materials to Cosmology: Studying the Early Universe Under the Microscope
10/23/2020 Félicie Albert, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory David Strubbe Laser-Plasma Accelerators: Next Generation X-Ray Light Sources
10/30/2020 Kelle Cruz, Hunter College Sarah Loebman Software Development, Collaboration, and Removing Barriers to Access in Astronomy
11/6/2020 Aristotle Socrates, TextNow and UCSC Daniel Beller From Black Holes to Big Data
11/13/2020 Oskar Hallatschek, UC Berkeley Daniel Beller The Role of Chance in the Survival of the Fittest
11/20/2020 Gurtina Besla, University of Arizona Sarah Loebman The Milky Way in Motion
11/27/2020 HOLIDAY - NO SPEAKER - -
12/4/2020 Brian Utter, UC Merced Daniel Beller Jamming, clogging, and confinement in dense granular and suspension flows
12/11/2020 PHYS 196 Presentations Brian Utter Undergraduate Research Symposium
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
8/28/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
9/4/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
9/11/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
9/18/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
9/25/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
10/2/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
10/9/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
10/16/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
10/23/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
10/30/2020 Ehab Abouheif, McGill University Chris Amemiya How Ants and Bacteria Became One
11/6/2020 TBD TBD TBD
11/13/2020 TBD TBD TBD
11/20/2020 Scott Gillbert & Dania Matos, Swarthmore College & UC Merced Chris Amemiya Systemic Racism, Systemic Sexism, and the Embryological Enterprise
12/4/2020 TBD TBD TBD
12/11/2020 TBD TBD TBD
Date Speaker, Institution Host Topic of Seminar
1/24/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
1/31/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
2/7/2020 Job Candidate Erica Rutter TBD
2/14/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
2/21/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
2/28/2020 Stéphane Gaudreault, Meteorological research division, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada   An Applied Mathematical View of Meteorology and Weather Prediction
3/6/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
3/13/2020 NO SPEAKER - -
3/20/2020 CANCELLED - -
3/27/2020 HOLIDAY - NO SPEAKER - -
4/3/2020 CANCELLED - -
4/10/2020 CANCELLED - -
4/17/2020 CANCELLED - -
4/24/2020 CANCELLED - -
5/1/2020 CANCELLED  -
5/8/2020 CANCELLED - -