Biology Graduate Research ForumWestern Science

5th Annual Biology Graduate Research Forum 2014

Presented by the Graduate Students of the Department of Biology, Western University
Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Mission Statement

The Biology Graduate Research Forum (BGRF) is organized by the graduate students of the Department of Biology at Western University. The primary mandate of this event is to provide a forum for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to showcase their research in biological sciences through poster and invited oral presentations. It is also the aim of this research forum to host an invited speaker who will present their current endeavours within the field of biological sciences.

The aim of the BGRF is to bring together students within the multi-disciplinary umbrella of biological sciences to exchange novel and exciting ideas within their respective fields. It is also our hope that this annual event will foster inter-disciplinary collaborations, which would add and enhance the academic and scientific research experience of the participants here at Western.

*** Reminder *** The abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014.

Keynote Speaker

Marla Sokolowski from the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Sokolowski's lab studies how genes and the environment interact to influence behaviour in fruit flies. They discovered the foraging gene which influences naturally occurring behavioural variation including the rover/sitter polymorphism. This gene plays a role in behaviour in many other organisms including social insects. Their lab is interested in the mechanistic and evolutionary basis of this genetic polymorphism. Two fundamental questions they seek to understand better are: 

For more information, please visit Dr. Sokolowski's website at

This lecture is in memory of Dr. Laudenbach. For more information on Dr. Laudenbach, his research and accomplishments please go to

Photo Contest

We will again be holding the BGRF photo contest. For more information, please click here.