Science Digest

Do you enjoy discussing your work and getting ideas from your peers, getting a glimpse of other research institutions, and networking?  Science Digest is the place for you. This is where the speaker talks about their work, career journey, and host institution, followed by a lively discussion session. Once a month, the ORC will host an invited speaker. If you want to be our next speaker, send us an e-mail:

Upcoming event


Date: Friday, March 17th
Time: 10:00 AM
Venue: L4F01 or Zoom - click to join (Meeting ID: 979 4751 0989  Passcode: 875035)

Prof. John Parkinson 
Assistant Professor
University of South Florida, USA -

"Genomics insights from giant clam symbionts"

Much like corals, giant clams associate with symbiotic micro-algae in the family Symbiodiniaceae. Uniquely, clam symbionts live in extracellular spaces, rather than within host cells, and microsatellite evidence suggests that one such lineage underwent extensive genome duplication. Here, we present a high-quality genome assembly of Cladocopium infistulum, a heat-tolerant clam symbiont. We identify genes associated with adaptation to extracellular symbiosis and thermotolerance, and discuss the potential role of genome duplication in these processes.

Past events

July 7, 2022, Arielle Keller  (Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, Lifespan Informatics & Neuroimaging Center, University of Pennsylvania) gave a talk on "Attention and Mental Health: A Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Perspective".

June 28, 2022, Erika Cyphert (Postdoctoral Fellow, Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, USA) gave a talk on "Biomaterials and the gut microbiome - paving the way for novel therapeutics".

May 31 2022, David Brückner (NOMIS Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria) gave a talk on "Learning the stochastic dynamics of biological systems across scales: from single cells to organoids".

October 22 2020, Kevin Dorgans (Postdoctoral Scholar at Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit led by Marylka Yoe Uusisaari) gave a talk on "In vitro imaging of subthreshold voltage oscillation in the inferior olive"

September 10 2020, Nobuaki Mizumoto (Postdoctoral Scholar in the Evolutionary Genomics Unit led by Tom Bourguignon) gave a talk on "Evolutionary perspectives of collective behavior in termites"

June 29, 2020Bogna Ignatowska-Jankowska (Postdoctoral Scholar in the Neuronal Rhythms in Movement Unit, Marylka Yoe Uusisaari) gave a talk on "Distinct behavioral effects of cannabinoids in 3D motion capture of freely moving mice"

January 28, 2020, at 12:00 (Seminar Room C210, Central Building, level C): Ales Bucek (Postdoctoral Scholar in Bourguignon Unit) gave a Chalk Talk on "How parasites manipulate with their hosts?"

October 29, 2019, at 12:00 (classroom B700, Lab 3, level B): Rory Cerbus (Staff Scientist in Chakraborty Unit) gave a Chalk Talk on  "How hard do you have to push water through a pipe?"

October 16, at 12:00 (C016, Lab 1, Level C): Prof. David Williams from the European Space Agency (link) gave a talk on "The Solar Orbiter Project" 

September 24, 2019, at 12:00 (classroom B700, Lab 3, level B): Stoffel Janssens gave a Chalk Talk on "Diamond-glass platforms for biological applications"

August 202019, at 12:00 (C210, Central Building, level C): Davide Chiuchiu gave a Chalk Talk on "Error-speed correlations in biopolymer synthesis"

July 23, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 1, level C, C016): Vandna Gokhroo gave a Chalk Talk on "Cool physics with cold atoms"

June 18, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 3 C700): Fabien Benureau gave a Chalk Talk on "Robots that develop, Robots that Evolve" 

May 21, 2019, at 12:00 (Central Building C210): Katarzyna Bozek gave a Chalk Talk on Image Analysis and Image-based Phenotyping in Biology

April 16, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 3 C700): Simone Pigolotti shared with us tips on how to organize and navigate a Chalk Talk

March 20, 2019, at 12:00 (Lab 1 C015): Bogna Ignatowska-Jankowska talked about Kinematic Signatures of Cannabinoids