Celebration of Science Week

Natural and applied sciences are proud to present 2016 Grand Seminar featuring MacArthur Fellowship Recipient, Dr. Bonnie Bassler and her lecture Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to Cell Communication in Bacteria on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in McGuire Hall East at Loyola University Maryland.

This year’s Grand Seminar will be a week featuring a “Celebration of Science” April 11-13, 2016 with additional events (listed below) such as a film and science night, opportunities with meet with industry professionals and a special “question and answer” session for students with Dr. Bassler prior to her lecture.

Beginning in 2011, natural and applied sciences hosts a yearly seminar with the goal of engaging Loyola students as well as providing an enlightening and informative event for the greater Loyola community.

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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Film & Science Event
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Meet and Greet with Dr. Bassler
Time: 4 p.m. Pre-Grand Seminar lecture “Q & A” for students only.

Grand Seminar Lecture with Dr. Bonnie Bassler

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

*Registration for event recommended

Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to Cell Communication in Bacteria

Time: 6:30 p.m. 
McGuire Hall East, 2nd Floor, Andrew White Student Center

Bacteria communicate with one another using small chemical molecules that they release into the environment. These molecules travel from cell to cell and the bacteria have receptors on their surfaces that allow them to detect and respond to the build up of the molecules. This process of cell-to-cell communication in bacteria is called “Quorum Sensing” and it allows bacteria to synchronize behavior on a population-wide scale. Bacterial behaviors controlled by quorum sensing are usually ones that are unproductive when undertaken by an individual bacterium acting alone but become effective when undertaken in unison by the group. For example, quorum sensing controls virulence, biofilm formation, and the exchange of DNA. Thus, quorum sensing is a mechanism that allows bacteria to function as multi-cellular organisms. Current biomedical research is focused on the development of novel anti-bacterial therapies aimed at interfering with quorum sensing. Such therapies could be used to control bacterial pathogenicity.

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Watch the seminar on Loyola University Maryland Grand Seminar Channel