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June 17, 2013 Leave a comment


 “ Understanding the genomic basis of plant diversification with a phylogenomic approach

Dr. Angélica Cibrián Jaramillo

Assistant Professor, The National Laboratory of Genomics

for Biodiversity (Langebio), Irapuato, Mexico

4:10 p.m.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

3001 Plant & Environmental Sciences (PES)

Host: Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra (


Understanding the genetic and genomic basis of plant diversification has been a major goal of evolutionary biologists since Darwin first pondered his “abominable mystery,” the rapid diversification of the angiosperms in the fossil record. We develop and deploy a functional phylogenomic approach that helps identify genes and biological processes putatively involved in species diversification. We assembled a matrix of 22,833 orthologs from 150 species to reconstruct seed plant phylogenetic relationships and to identify gene sets with a unique evolutionary signal. Our analysis of overrepresented biological processes in these sets narrowed down possible genetic mechanisms underlying plant adaptation and diversification. Our functional phylogenomic approach can be applied to any taxa with available sequences to enhance our knowledge of the evolutionary processes underlying biodiversity in general.

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June 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Plant Sciences Special Joint Seminar


Dr. Sherry Flint-Garcia

USDA-ARS Research Geneticist and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Missouri



Dr. Ruairidh Sawers

Assistant Professor, The National Laboratory of Genomics

for Biodiversity (Langebio), Irapuato, Mexico

Wednesday, June 19th, 12:10-1pm

PES 3001

Host:  Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra (

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Career Options Seminar

April 8, 2013 Leave a comment

Greetings students and faculty (and please forward to postdocs),
We welcome you to join us at the upcoming Career Options Seminar! (Breakfast/Brunch will be served)
The Career Options Seminar series offers insight into a variety of career options for advanced degree holders. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how your advanced degree can be used in different industries, network with invited speakers and jump-start your future career plans.

Michael Weickert –  Entrepreneur (President and CEO of S.E.A Medical Systems)

TUESDAY, April 9th @ 11am Life Sciences 1022

Be sure to tell your fellow grad students, techs, postdocs, and PI…We look forward to seeing you at the seminars!

If you are interested in having lunch with the speaker or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us (
Kind regards,

Hanine Rafidi, Michelle Tu, & Daniël Melters
COS Committee

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Seminars Page

April 8, 2013 Leave a comment

The Seminars page has been updated so check out what talks are happening this week! If there are seminar schedules missing that you would like listed on the site please email! Thanks!

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BMCDB Students Chris Fortenbach and Weston Powell present at PSTP Retreat 4/9/2013

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Come hear BMCDB students Christ Fortenbach and Weston Powell present at the annual PSTP/VSTP Retreat next Tuesday 4/9/2013!

2013 VSTP/PSTP Annual Retreat

When: April 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), SE Corner of LaRue & Orchard Roads, UC Davis Campus


1:15 P.M.        Introduction or Welcome

John Payne, Ph.D., Director, PSTP Program

1:20 P.M.        Kimberly A. Dodd, VSTP Student

Protection from RVFV neurologic disease is dependent on a functional CD4+ T cell response

1:55 P.M.        Weston Powell, PSTP Student

Long, non-coding RNAs at the heart of Prader-Willi syndrome and Angelman syndrome

2:30 P.M.        Break & Poster Session

3:30 P.M.        Nanelle Barash, VSTP Student

Increased spatiotemporal resolution of Giardia intestinalis colonization dynamics using bioluminescent in vivo imaging

4:05 P.M.        Chris Fortenbach, PSTP Student

The effect of RGS9 overexpression on flicker responses of mouse bipolar cells

BMCDB Student Weston Powell Presents at MIND Institute

April 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Research Seminar Series
M.I.N.D. Institute Auditorium (2825 50th Street, Sacramento)
Friday, April 5, 2013
9:00 am – 10:30 am
Speakers:  LaSalle Research Program (Janine LaSalle, PhD, and Weston Powell, PhD)
Title:  Epigenetics of ASD, and Long, non-coding RNAs at the heart of Prader-Willi and Angelman Syndromes

Janine LaSalle, PhD, is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, Davis, with memberships in the Genome Center, Rowe Program in Human Genetics, and the MIND Institute.  Dr. LaSalle serves on the editorial board of the journal Human Molecular Genetics and Molecular Autism, scientific advisory boards of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation and Dup15q Alliance Foundation.  The research focus in Dr. LaSalle’s laboratory is on epigenetics of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, Rett syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, Angelman syndrome, and 15q duplication syndrome.

Weston T. Powell received his PhD from UC Davis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2013 while being mentored by Dr. Janine LaSalle and is a member of the Physician-Scientist Training Program. As part of the LaSalle lab he has investigated the role of long, non-coding RNAs in the pathogenesis of Prader-Willi syndrome and in directing epigenetic transcriptional regulation at the locus and genome-wide.

Special Seminar Graham C. Walker (MIT): Translesion DNA Polymerases: From Cancer Chemotherapy To Bactericidal Antibiotics

March 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Graham C. Walker  of MIT will give a seminar entitled:

Translesion DNA Polymerases: From Cancer Chemotherapy To Bactericidal Antibiotics

  On Monday March 25 at 12:10pm in 1022 Life Sciences

The Walker Lab website