The CBE Seminar Series is organized to host experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise in biofilm research and innovation. Each semester, a committee of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2022-2023 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Spring 2023 Schedule

  • Thursdays, 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) unless otherwise noted below*
  • Location: American Indian Hall Rm 102 unless otherwise noted below*






Jan 19

First week of classes - No Seminar

Jan 26

No Seminar

Feb 2

*10am MST Barn 126

Dr. Natalia Ivleva
Lecturer, Analytical Chemistry, Technical University of Munich, Germany

Applicability and limitations of Raman microspectroscopy for analysis of microorganisms and biofilms on the single-cell level


Feb 9
No Seminar

Feb 16

Dr. Danielle Ulrich

Assistant Professor, Ecology, Montana State University


Plant-microbe interactions influence plant physiology under drought

Feb 23

*9am MST
NAH 337

Dr. Cecilia Burzio
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Removal of micropollutants from wastewater in aerobic granular sludge and activated sludge systems


Mar 2


Colin Gauvin

Assistant Manager, Cryo-EM Facility, Martin Lawrence Lab, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montana State University

Cryo-EM at MSU: From atoms to cells

Luke Findlay

Graduate student, Martin Lawrence Lab, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montana State University

Structural studies of ribosome hibernation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Mar 9

No Seminar

Mar 16

No Seminar - MSU Spring Break

Mar 23

Dr. Erica McKenzie

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Temple University


An environmental chemist’s musings on chemical pollutants in a biological world: Case studies of stormwater denitrification and PFAS biouptake


Mar 30

Undergraduate Research Day



Diego Armstrong

Yaofa Li Lab, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Montana State University


Fabrication of micromodels for analysis of drying and multiphase low in porous media


Jessica Dewit

Diane Bimczok Lab, Cell Biology and Neurobiology, Montana State University                             


Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae biofilms contribute to antibiotic resistance and pathogen persistence in the ovine respiratory tract

Lydia Diehl

Brent Peyton Lab, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Montana State University, Center for Biofilm Engineering


Rhizosphere microbiome structure under drought stress

Apr 6

Dr. Prathap Parameswaran

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Kansas State University


Circular bioeconomy for rural resiliency: Recovering efficient fertilizers, biogas, and water from diverse wastewaters with Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors

Apr 13

*9am MDT
NAH 337

Dr. Mette Burmølle

Associate Professor, Microbiology, University of Copenhagen


Impact of interspecies interactions on structure and function of mixed biofilms

Apr 20

*Co-hosted with MSU's Thermal Biology Institute

Dr. Scott Perl

Research Scientist, NASA, JPL


Preservation and validation of halophilic and psychrophilic microorganisms in Martian and icy moon analogs

Apr 27

Dr. Chelsea Heveran

Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Montana State University, Center for Biofilm Engineering


From bones to stones: 
Towards surmounting challenges in designing engineered living building materials

May 4

Last week of classes - No Seminar

May 11

Finals Week - No Seminar

Past Seminars

2022-Fall-CBE Seminar-Schedule