Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar

Why Recognize Protein When Fats Taste so Good!
Dr. Dequina Nicholas, UC Irvine

February 29, 2024
4:00pm-5:00pm in HSCI-102

Dequina Nicholas

Dr. Dequina Nicholas is an Assistant Professor at the University of California Irvine in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry where her lab studies the intersection of the nutrient environment, the immune system, and metabolic disease using a combination of molecular and cellular biology, transgenic mouse models, cytokine profiling, and flow cytometry. Dr. Nicholas’s work focuses on how the immune system and cellular metabolism impacts endocrine diseases, particularly type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome. Dr. Nicholas received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Loma Linda University and pursued postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Barbara Nikolajczyk at Boston University, studying the metabolism of immune cells from patients with type 2 diabetes. She also trained in the laboratories of Drs. Mark Lawson and Pamela Mellon at the University of California San Diego, where she established the importance of glucose metabolism in reproduction and discovered a population of immune cells in the pituitary that regulate the reproductive axis. Dr. Nicholas’s NIH Director's New Innovator Award from the NIAID funds her "immunoendocrine" lab where her mission is to train the next generation of 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
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
February 29, 2024 Why Recognize Protein When Fats Taste so Good! Dr. Dequina Nicholas, UC Irvine
March 7, 2024 (topic: TBD) TBD
March 14, 2024 (topic: biophysics) Dr. Mark Ilton, Harvey Mudd
March 21, 2024 (topic: population ecology) Dr. Alexis Pasulka, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
March 28, 2024 (topic: neurovirology) Dr. Ana Beatriz De Paula Silva, University of Utah
April 11, 2024 (topic: neuroaggression) Dr. Caroline Palavicino Maggio, Harvard University
April 18, 2024 (topic: glyco-biochemistry) Dr. Katherine McReynolds, CSU Sacramento
April 25, 2024 (topic: developmental biology) Dr. 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
Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
February 22, 2024 The Evolutionary and Ecological Consequences of Agricultural Expansion: Insights from Bird Communities in Southeast Asia and California Dr. Elizabeth Scordato, Cal Poly Pomona
February 15, 2024 Adapting to Changing Landscapes - Studying Behavior in the Streets and in the Classroom Dr. Karina Sanchez, University of New Hampshire
February 8, 2024 CRISPR/Cas9 – A Cut Above the Rest: Gene Editing Protocols for Monogenic Diseases Dr. Jennifer Johnston, San Jose State University
February 1, 2024 Mangroves of the U.S. Virgin Islands: Growing Research, Restoration, Outreach and Education Opportunities Dr. Kristin Grimes, University of Virgin Islands

The Seminar Series Archive has topics from previous semesters.