MBL Friday Evening Lecture – "Insights from Emerging Model Organisms," Nipam Patel

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 8:00pm
Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street Woods Hole, MA 02543

Scientists often depend exclusively on so-called model organisms, such as fruit flies, mice, and frogs, for their research. While investigation of these animals has led to incredible advances in both basic and translational biology, they represent only a tiny slice of the diversity of life on earth. In "Insights from Emerging Model Organisms: From the Physics of Beauty to the Secret Lives of Lobsters," Patel will explore questions that can only be addressed by expanding the repertoire of animals that are studied, and illustrate the sorts of fascinating insights that have already emerged from such research. In particular, he’ll focus on novel mechanisms of generating stunning colors in butterflies, and in how lobsters and their kin have evolved their swiss army knife approach to leg evolution.

Nipam Patel is Director of the Marine Biological Laboratory and a Professor at the University of Chicago. He is a leading scholar in modern evolutionary and developmental biology with specific focus on the evolution of body patterning and segmentation, regeneration of the germline, and structural coloration. His scientific expertise encompasses the development of novel, genetic model organisms, and the application of advanced imaging technologies to probe the fundamental dynamics of living systems. Dr. Patel joined the MBL in 2018 from University of California, Berkeley, where he was Professor and Co-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology.


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