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.

Fall 2022 Schedule

  • Thursdays, 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) unless otherwise noted below*
  • Location: Barnard 108 unless otherwise noted below*






Aug 22

No Seminar-First week of classes

Sep 1

Dr. Huyen Bui

Assistant Research Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Montana State University, Center for Biofilm Engineering


Bacterial-algal interactions in high pH-high alkalinity algal cultivation

Sep 8


No Seminar

Sep 15

Dr. Brandon Briggs

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alaska


Microbe-mineral interactions: From extreme environments to biotechnological advances
Sep 22
Sara Toja-Ortega

Visiting PhD Student, TU Delft



Removal of polymeric substrates from wastewater by aerobic granular sludge technology

Sep 29



Professor Christopher Hernandez
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Microbes and Biomechanics

Oct 6


Dr. Christopher Smith
Director, R&D-Bozeman, Nature's Fynd

Sustainable protein production for food applications from a microbe, Fusarium strain flavolapis, isolated from Yellowstone National Park


Oct 13


No Seminar

Oct 20

Dr. Neerja Zambare

Linus Pauling Fellow, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Calcium carbonate formation by bacteria–nano-scale insights and attempts at combating the ammonium problem


Oct 27

Dr. Jill Mikucki

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Cryptic cryospheric habitats: Extremophile refuge and astrobiological analogs

Nov 3

*Alt time: 9:00 am MST

*Virtual Only


Lan Li Wong

PhD Candidate, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering

Surface (S-) layer protein mediates bacterial organization in a key industrial and environmental anammox biofilm




Nov 10

No Seminar

Nov 17

No Seminar

Nov 24


Fall Break - No Seminar

Dec 1

Dr. Anthony Bertagnolli


Senior Research Scientist, Department of Microbiology, Montana State University


Net-spinning caddisflies create denitrifier-enriched niches in montane stream biofilms

Dec 8

Last Week of Classes - No Seminar

Dec 15

Finals Week - No Seminar

Past Seminars