Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

Organelle Dynamics During Mitosis: Pathway for the Generation of Cellular Diversity
Dr. Blake Riggs, San Francisco State University

April 25, 2024
4:00pm-5:00pm in HSCI-102

Blake Riggs

Blake Riggs is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Dr. Riggs grew up in South Los Angeles and attended UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) as an undergraduate. He was a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) scholar and received a Bachelors degree in Marine Biology, but was fascinated with the idea of cell division. He received both his Master's degree and Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCSC on research involving role of intracellular membrane transport on cell division. Dr. Riggs was a postdoctoral fellow from 2006 – 2009 at UC Berkeley and joined the faculty at San Francisco State University in 2010.

Dr. Riggs received an NSF-CAREER award in 2015 to examine how cells generate diversity during development. Dr. Riggs is also the Project Director for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Program at SFSU and is a co-PI for the Bridges to Doctorate NIH T32 training program. Dr. Riggs also is a full member of the Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) a standing committee dedicated to issues involving diversity, equity and inclusion in the cell biology community and serves as the co-PI of the Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) program. Currently, Dr. Riggs' laboratory studies the molecular pathway involved in organelle inheritance during cell division and how cells adopt a fate during development.

The Seminar Series is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in biology and what biologists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in biology. All students are encouraged to attend.

Seminar Coordinator

For information and suggestions about our Seminar Series, please contact the seminar coordinator:

Dr. Peter Ramirez


The following schedule is for Spring 2024.

Seminar Schedule
DateTitleSpeaker and Affiliation
April 25, 2024Organelle Dynamics During Mitosis: Pathway for the Generation of Cellular DiversityDr. Blake Riggs, San Francisco State University
May 2, 2024(topic: molecular virology)Dr. Oliver Fregoso, UCLA
May 9, 2024(topic: parasitology)Dr. Pascale Guiton, Santa Clara University

Previous Seminars

Previous Seminars
DateTitleSpeaker and Affiliation
April 18, 2024Glycopolymers as Broad-Spectrum Anti-Viral DrugsDr. Katherine McReynolds, CSU Sacramento
April 11, 2024The Neurobiology of Female Aggression: A Study in Drosophila MelanogasterDr. Caroline Palavicino Maggio, Harvard University
March 28, 2024Targeting Neuroinflammation and Brain Infiltrating Macrophages to Modulate Seizures in a Mouse Model of Viral-Induced EpilepsyDr. Ana Beatriz DePaula-Silva, University of Utah
March 21, 2024Development of Novel Mono and Bivalent Nanobodies Against EGFR for Targeted Cancer TherapyDiana Carolina Aguilar Cortes, Ph.D. student at University of Buenos Aires
March 14, 2024Elastic Movements in NatureDr. Mark Ilton, Harvey Mudd College
March 7, 2024Helping Communities Coexist with CougarsKorinna Domingo, Cougar Conservancy
February 29, 2024Why Recognize Protein When Fats Taste so Good!Dr. Dequina Nicholas, UC Irvine
February 22, 2024The Evolutionary and Ecological Consequences of Agricultural Expansion: Insights from Bird Communities in Southeast Asia and CaliforniaDr. Elizabeth Scordato, Cal Poly Pomona
February 15, 2024Adapting to Changing Landscapes - Studying Behavior in the Streets and in the ClassroomDr. Karina Sanchez, University of New Hampshire
February 8, 2024CRISPR/Cas9 – A Cut Above the Rest: Gene Editing Protocols for Monogenic DiseasesDr. Jennifer Johnston, San Jose State University
February 1, 2024Mangroves of the U.S. Virgin Islands: Growing Research, Restoration, Outreach and Education OpportunitiesDr. Kristin Grimes, University of Virgin Islands

The Seminar Series Archive has topics from previous semesters.