Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Fall Seminar Series 2022

BAE is honored to host the following presenters for our recurring seminar series, which aims to represent the diverse and interdisciplinary interests of the department. Each seminar is 20 45 min followed by 10 15 min of Q&A.

BAE Fall 2022 Seminar Series

Fall Seminar Series

Fridays from 12:40 1:30 PM

BAE is honored to host the following presenters for our recurring seminar series, which aims to represent the diverse and interdisciplinary interests of the department. Each seminar is 20-45 min followed by 10-15 min of Q&A.

November 4, 2022: Julie Libarkin, Ph.D.

Seminar Title: (Re)Framing Mentoring for Student Wellbeing

Photo of Julie LibarkinMentoring is one of the most important influences on career outcomes and especially for marginalized and minoritized students. Although many STEM faculty are proficient in providing academic mentoring related to course or research progress, few faculty recognize how to mentor for non-academic needs. Similarly, students receive little training in what it can look like to identify and request mentoring tailored to their own specific circumstances. This presentation will discuss research related to STEM mentoring and provide a framework through which faculty and students can collectively identify areas for mentoring growth.

Julie Libarkin (she/her/hers)is a Professor of Environmental Science and Associate Dean for STEM Education Research & Innovation at Michigan State University. Currently, her research focuses on model-driven research design, community-engaged research, and mentoring to address access, inclusion, equity, and justice in STEM and academia. She serves as a co-PI on the NIH-funded QMRA IV project.

November 11, 2022: Lisaura Maldonado-Pereira, Ph.D.
119 Farrall Hall or

Seminar Title: Evaluation of Biological Signatures of Dietary Lipids from the Western Diet and Its Nutritional Quality

Photo of Lisaura Maldonado-PereiraDr. Maldonado-Pereira's project focuses on the lipidomic analysis of cholesterol oxidation products (COPs) and other distinctive metabolites of the Western diet and their effect on human health. Her research interests are centered on the evaluation and understanding of these dietary oxidative substances (DOxS) metabolism present in the Western and Puerto Rican diets, and their relationship with different chronic diseases.

Lisaura Maldonado-Pereira (she/her/hers) is a USDA NIFA AFRI Post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University. She's currently working in the Food and Health Engineering Laboratory led by Dr. Medina-Meza, the same lab where she completed her dual doctoral degree in Biosystems Engineering and Chemical Engineering back in 2021.

November 11, 2022: Aline Priscilla Gomes da Silva, Ph.D.
119 Farrall Hall or

Seminar Title: Enhancing of Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) Metabolome by Innovative Canopy Management Strategies

Photo of Aline Priscilla Gomes da SilvaDr. da Silva's project investigates innovative canopy management strategies to improve grape-specialized color metabolites synthesis and fruit quality. Her interests are to profoundly understand the chemical composition and discover new bioactive compounds in the natural products from plant sources using metabolomics mass spectrometry methods GC-MS, LC/MS/MS focused on understanding the role of these compounds in the life processes.

Aline Priscilla Gomes da Silva (she/her/hers) is a postdoc at Michigan State University in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Food and Health Engineering Lab. Her background education consists of Plant Sciences and Food Science areas. She has published about natural products chemical composition, characterization of bioactive compounds, and their postharvest behavior.

November 18, 2022: Lisa Tiemann, Ph.D.

Seminar Title: Harnessing Soil Biota for More Efficient Nitrogen Use in Agroecosystems

Despite the fact that Earth's atmosphere contains 78% dinitrogen gas, most terrestrial ecosystems are nitrogen (N) limited. As the most commonly limiting nutrient for plant productivity, N controls the amount of plant fixed carbon available to enter the soil, and thus controls soil C accrual. In agroecosystems, where N is often applied in excess or inefficiently used by crops, N losses can be detrimental to the environment. In this seminar I will discuss how soil biology can be harnessed to increase internal N provisioning and use efficiency and reduce N losses.

Lisa Tiemann (she/her/hers) is an associate professor of Soil Biology at Michigan State University, in the Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences department. She takes and agroecological approach to research, which is critical for developing innovative approaches to soil management that simultaneously increase system productivity, resilience and sustainability. Dr. Tiemann'sresearch is conducted in the U.S., Africa and India, where she explores aspects of management and climate change that alter soil biota with consequences for nitrogen cycling, soil organic matter accrual and soil health.

December 2, 2022: A. Daniel Jones, Ph.D.

Seminar Title: What small molecules are in living things, and what do their abundances tell us?

Technological developments in mass spectrometry have enabled measurements of tens of thousands of small molecules in tissues, biofluids, and complex environmental and biological systems, but we often don't recognize the importance of these substances owing to their novelty. My presentation will introduce recent and imminent acquisitions of mass spectrometers by the RTSF Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Core, and will address their capabilities and grand challenges in using them in research.

A. Daniel (Dan) Jones (he/his/him)is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University, where he has served as Director of the MSU Mass Spectrometry and Metabolomics Core since 2005, and more recently, as Associate Director of the MSU Center for PFAS Research.

December 2, 2022: Matthew Bernard, Ph.D.

Seminar Title: Using flow cytometry to assess fluorescence at the single cell level

Photo of Matthew BernardFlow cytometric technologies allow us to characterize protein, mRNA expression, and cellular functions in single cell preparations from cells in culture, environmental samples, or processed tissues. We will discuss flow cytometric applications that will be relevant to food safety, assessing environmental contamination, plant biology, genetic engineering, and human and livestock health. Further, we will discuss capabilities and services provided by the MSU Flow Cytometry Core Facility.

Matthew (Matt) Bernard (he/his/him) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. He joined MSU from Bristol-Myers Squibb where he worked as a Senior Research Investigator in Drug Safety Evaluation, performing investigative Immunotoxicology research on small molecules and Biologics. Dr. Bernard is currently the Director of the MSU Flow Cytometry CoreFacility that operates out of both the IQ and BPS buildings.

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