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October 2014

October 3: Seminar: Maternal effects contribute to adaptive evolution:

"Maternal effects contribute to adaptive evolution: the cascading effects of phenology"

Laura Galloway, Ph.D.
Evolutionary Biologist and Department Chair
Department of Biology, University of Virginia

Bioscience 1007

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October 10: Seminar: Genetics of Alcohol-Related Behavior:

"Investigating the genetics of alcohol-related behavior in the Drosophila model"

Mike Grotewiel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Admissions
Department of Human and Molecular Genetics
CU Alcohol Research Center
Virginia Commonwealth University

Bioscience 1007

Abstract

Alcohol use disorders (AUDs) such as alcohol abuse are serious health challenges. Despite a large hereditary component to AUDs, few genes have been unambiguously implicated in their etiology. The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is a powerful model for exploring molecular-genetic mechanisms underlying alcohol-related behaviors and therefore holds great promise for identifying and understanding the function of genes that influence AUDs in humans. This seminar will focus on ongoing cross-species genetic analyses in flies and humans that should lead to a better understanding of conserved mechanisms that influence ethanol-related behaviors and AUDs.

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