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Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium 2020

Biodiversity in Biological Research
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
2:00-5:30 PM
Off Campus Location
The 2020 Saltiel Life Sciences Symposium will explore innovative and creative research already taking place using unique model systems, and consider all we have yet to learn from the innumerable unexplored model systems — many of which are disappearing at alarming rates as a result of global climate change.

Schedule: Tuesday, September 29

2:00 p.m. | Welcome

Talk Session 1: Human Adaptation and Evolution
2:10 p.m. | Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecture — Genomic evolution and adaptation in Africa: Implications for health and disease
Sarah A. Tishkoff, Ph.D.
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, Departments of Genetics and Biology; Director, Center for Global Genomics & Health Equity, Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Talk Session 2: Social Biomimicry
3:10 p.m. | Towards living robots: Using biology to make better machines (full lecture)
Barry A. Trimmer, Ph.D.
Henry Bromfield Pearson Professor of Natural Sciences; Director, Neuromechanics and Biomimetic Devices Laboratory, Tufts University

4:05 p.m. | How the physics of slithering can teach multilegged robots to walk (short talk)
Shai Revzen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

4:25 p.m. | What wasps can teach us about the evolution of animal minds (full lecture)
Elizabeth Tibbetts, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Chair for Research Facilities, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

5:20 p.m. | Day 1 Closing Remarks

Schedule: Wednesday, September 30

9:00 a.m. | Welcome

Talk Session 3: Biological Control of Disease Vectors
9:05 a.m. | Breaking up Anopheles-Plasmodium interactions for malaria control (full lecture)
Flaminia Catteruccia, Ph.D.
Professor, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Harvard University

10:00 a.m. | Cryopreservation of multicellular animals: Lessons from extreme insects (short talk)
Nicholas Teets, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky

10:20 a.m. | Break

10:35 a.m. | Transgenic fungi for mosquito control (full lecture)
Raymond St. Leger, Ph.D.
Professor, Entomology, University of Maryland

11:30 a.m. | Recombination versus mutation as the fuel for rapid evolution across the fungal tree of life (short talk)
Timothy James, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Lewis E. Wehmeyer and Elaine Prince Wehmeyer Professor in the Taxonomy of Fungi, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

11:50 a.m. | Building a moving wall: Maintaining cell wall polarity during tip growth (short talk)
Cora MacAlister, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan

12:10 p.m. | Closing remarks
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Conference / Symposium
Tags: Basic Science, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biosciences, Earth Day at 50, Ecology, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Environment, Life Science, Research, Science
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Life Sciences Institute (LSI), Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Upcoming Dates:
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 2:00-5:30 PM