Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

Understanding the DNA damage response in HIV replication and Cure strategies
Dr. Oliver Fregoso, UCLA

May 2, 2024
4:00pm-5:00pm in HSCI-102

Oliver Fregoso

Dr. Oliver Fregoso is an associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG). He was an  ndergrad at UC Santa Cruz, received his PhD from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (New York), and did his postdoctoral work at Fred Hutch (Seattle, WA). His lab studies the molecular mechanisms of lentiviral replication. They are particularly interested in understanding how viruses usurp host proteins to facilitate replication and overcome host antiviral mechanisms. A major focus of the lab is on the DNA damage response, which plays both pro- and antiviral roles in lentiviral replication. By using a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and evolutionary biology, they hope to uncover novel aspects of viral replication that can lead to the development of antivirals and vaccines. In addition to his research, Dr. Fregoso is passionate about making academia a more equitable and inclusive space for diverse scientists.

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
May 2, 2024Understanding the DNA damage response in HIV replication and Cure strategiesDr. Oliver Fregoso, UCLA
May 9, 2024(topic: parasitology)Dr. Pascale Guiton, Santa Clara University

Previous Seminars

Previous Seminars
DateTitleSpeaker and Affiliation
April 25, 2024Organelle Dynamics During Mitosis: Pathway for the Generation of Cellular DiversityDr. Blake Riggs, San Francisco State University
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.