Our Seminar Series

IIGB, CEPCEB and CIDVR seminars

Our Seminar Series

Featuring leading experts, the Institute’s seminars, symposiums, and workshops focus on key topics and provide a forum for scientists and students to discuss novel ideas and techniques.

IIGB, CEPCEB and CIDVR seminars are scheduled on a rotating basis throughout the academic school year. Please feel free to contact seminar coordinators with ideas for invited speakers


The IIGB seminars are devoted to systems biology and high-throughput genomics across all organisms. This seminar series features prominent speakers in the field

2017-2018 Seminar Coordinator

Yanran Li
(Department of Chemical Engineering, Bourns College of Engineering)

Meera Nair
(Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Medicine)

Ian Wheeldon
(Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Bourns College of Engineering)


The CEPCEB seminar series allows prominent speakers the opportunity to present and discuss noteworthy research discoveries in the fields of plant cell and molecular biology and genomics

2017-2018 Seminar Coordinator

Dawn Nagel
(Department of Botany & Plant Sciences)

David Nelson
(Department of Botany & Plant Sciences)


The CIDVR seminar series presents and discusses topics related to the study and control of arthropod-vector borne diseases, and in the case of diseases such as malaria, the vertebrate host aspect of parasite development

2017-2018 Seminar Coordinator

Karine LeRoch
(Department of Molecular, Cell, and Systems Biology)

David Nelson
(Department of Botany & Plant Sciences)

Symposia & Retreats

The Institute sponsors symposia and retreats featuring leading experts, which provide a forum for scientists and students to discuss novel ideas and techniques.

  • IIGB Annual Symposium

    Initiated in 2017, the IIGB Annual Symposium presents work from one or two invited speakers, as well as a selection of talks from our membership’s diverse disciplines.

  • IIGB Post Doc Symposium

    Initiated in 2013, this is a student-hosted annual symposium with postdocs and students selecting speakers, monitoring funds, and planning itineraries.

  • CEPCEB Annual Symposium & Awards Ceremony

    Established in 2002, CEPCEB organizes an annual Special Lecture and Awards Ceremony where an invited leading scientist presents his or her work and where postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate students receive public recognition of their accomplishments.

  • Southern California Eucaryotic Pathogen (SCEP) Symposium

    Sponsored annually by CIDVR, this Symposium brings together researchers from dozens of different labs at multiple universities that investigate the inner workings and host response of such diverse organisms as intracellular protozoa, helminths and fungal pathogens.

In addition to our annual Symposia and Retreats, we also organize special events. Dates and information on upcoming Symposia may be found on our Events page.

Career Day

In 2011 IIGB initiated Career Day, a biennial, full-day program for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers offering a variety of speakers from diverse backgrounds and science-related careers, as well as useful advice for securing employment in academic and non-academic scientific careers.

Regional and State Science Fairs

Our Institute and Centers sponsor awards at Regional and State Science Fairs, and our faculty provide judging for regional competitions.

Find out more information about the student awards sponsored by CEPCEB here.

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