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Events
Friday, January 21, 2022 | 12:10 – 1pmGreen Hall
"Seed Development: The Art of Making Seeds Without Sex"

Speaker: Dr. Imtiyaz Khanday, University of California, Davis

Imtiyaz Khanday is an Assistant Professor of Plant Reproductive Biology, and he also serves as the Director of Research for Seed Biotechnology Center at the Department of Plant Sciences here at UC Davis. Imtiyaz obtained his PhD from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in plant genetics and development. Prior to joining Plant Sciences, he was a postdoc here in the Department of Plant Biology working with Prof. Sundaresan where he uncovered a novel mechanism of embryo imitation in cereal crops. He also translated this understanding of basic developmental biology into a method of clonal propagation through seeds or synthetic apomixis, that was a longstanding goal of agricultural biotechnology and was called the “holy grail of agriculture” or “a breeder’s dream.” His research interests include understanding seed development in cereals, extension of clonal seed propagation to vegetable crops and enhancement of seed vigor in vegetables.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 | 2:10 – 3pmGreen Hall

Speakers: BPH Students, UC Davis

Host: R Holland Cheng, rhch@ucdavis.edu

Green Hall 1022 & Via Zoom - https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/99307727347?pwd=NzBPSTRwQ241RWsxOGJZTk9zemdqdz09

Meeting ID: 993 0772 7347, Passcode: 417830

Friday, February 4, 2022 | 12:10 – 1pmGreen Hall
"A Tale of Two Teosintes and the Hybrid Origins of Modern Maize"

Speaker: Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra, University of California, Davis 

Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra is a Professor in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis. His group works on the evolutionary genomics of maize and its wild relatives, from local adaptation to genome evolution. Best known for his dislike of writing biographies, Dr. Ross-Ibarra sometimes also does science.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 | 2:10 – 3pmGreen Hall

Speakers: BPH Students, UC Davis

Host: R Holland Cheng, rhch@ucdavis.edu

Green Hall 1022 & Via Zoom - https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/99307727347?pwd=NzBPSTRwQ241RWsxOGJZTk9zemdqdz09

Meeting ID: 993 0772 7347, Passcode: 417830

Friday, March 11, 2022 | 12:10 – 1pmGreen Hall
"There Are Always Flowers For  Those Who Want To See Them"

Speaker: Verónica Di Stilio, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle

Verónica Di Stilio completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in her native Argentina, where she specialized in Plant Ecology. After working for two years as a teaching assistant and pollination biologist at UBA, she migrated to the US where she obtained a Ph.D. in Plant Biology at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) working on plant sex chromosome evolution under the advice of David Mulcahy. Her postdoctoral training started in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (UMass) on pollen gene expression and the role of the floral transcription factor SUPERMAN on cell division with Alice Cheung. She continued her postdoctoral training with David Baum and Elena Kramer at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, where she was introduced to the field of Evolution of Development. She joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at University of Washington in 2003. She continues to pursue her interests in the evolution of plant development with an emphasis on flowers. In the past she has taught Introductory Biology (Genetics and Evolution), and currently teaches a Plant Evolution lab class and a Plant EvoDevo Senior Seminar.

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