University of Michigan researchers offer a peek into their cutting-edge research from the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Science Forum.  Presentations are appropriate for ages 5 and up.

Scientist in the Forum presentations

So much DNA, so little space

University of Michigan cell biologist and gene expert Dr. Gyorgyi Csankovszki from the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology shares her research on DNA. Dr. Csankovszki and her team use worms as a model organism to better understand gene expression.

Tiny Campsites: Understanding Bacterial Communities

Did you know that bacteria are 17 times older than the dinosaurs? U-M researcher Janet Price, a PhD candidate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, shares her research on bacterial communities and the biofilms that help them thrive.

Building the Universe

U-M astronomer and graduate student Gillen Brown tackles questions of astronomical proportions, like "Where do stars get their energy?" and "What happens when stars die?" Find out how astronomers like Gillen study distant galaxies using computer simulations and other technologies. No spacesuit required!

Diving Deeper: Sea Lilies - Investigating Deep Sea Crinoids

U-M paleontologist Meg Veitch, a PhD candidate in Earth and Environmental Sciences, shares her research about stalked crinoids, or sea lilies. Millions of years ago, stalked crinoids covered much of the ocean floor, but today they are only found in the deepest of Earth’s oceans. Join Meg on her journey in a real yellow submarine to find out why these living fossils made the move to deeper waters.