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 2023-2024 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 2023 Schedule

  • Thursdays
  • NEW TIME: 2:10 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) unless otherwise noted below*
  • Location: Barnard 108 unless otherwise noted below*


Date Speaker Affiliation Presentation Title
Oct 5

Dr. Jing Yan    

Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, Yale University


Bacterial biofilm as self-shaping active matter

Oct 12 Dr. Laura Jennings                                                    

Research Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Montana


Sugar-coated, multidrug-resistant bacteria as targets for new antimicrobial therapeutics
Oct 19 Dr. Sunanda Sharma

Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Searching for organics and minerals on Mars with SHERLOC
Oct 26 Dr. Hannah Schweitzer

ORISE Research Scientist, DOE-NETL;  Affiliate Research Faculty, Montana State University


Diversity and selection of surface marine microbiomes in Arctic ecosystems
Nov 2 Dr. Andrew Jones

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Duke University


Defending the Colony: Mathematical and experimental tools for studying Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Nov 9 Dr. Sheyda Azimi

Assistant Professor, Biology, Georgia State University


Intra-species bacterial population dynamics shapes the biogeography of infection
Nov 16 Dr. Julia Willett

Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Minnesota Medical School


Functional genomics of Enterococcus faecalis biofilm formation and morphology
Nov 23 No Seminar - Fall Break
Nov 30 Seminar cancelled
Dec 7 No Seminar - Last week of classes


Past Seminars


2022-Fall-CBE Seminar-Schedule