seminars

Saul Purton – Clean tech using microalgae: from biofuels to bioactives

Clean Tech Using Microalgae: From Biofuels to Bioactives There is a growing interest in the exploitation of microalgal species as industrial biotech platforms for the synthesis of natural and recombinant products. These include biofuel molecules; colorants and antioxidants for food or cosmetics; bioactives for the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical sectors; and high-value recombinant proteins. Genetic enhancement …

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Randolph Nesse – Good reasons for bad feelings 2019

Good Reasons for Bad Feelings: Psychiatry’s Missing Foundation in Evolutionary Biology- Seminar by Professor Randolph Nesse Wed 13th February 2019 from 12-1pm.  Gustave Tuck LT main campus, UCL Professor Randolph Nesse discusses his much-anticipated new book that offers a new framework which could revolutionise our perspectives around today’s mental health crisis. It isfilled with fascinating case …

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From single cells to humans: how does life history affect longevity? 2018

Ageing presents one of the greatest socioeconomic and biomedical challenges of the 21st century. There are numerous dietary and pharmacological treatments which can extend healthspan and delay the onset of age-associated disease.  Remarkably, the effects of these treatments are extremely well conserved across the tree of life, from mammals right down to single celled organisms such …

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Chris Wilson – Bdelloid Rotifers: twists and turns in a famous evolutionary scandal 2018

Abstract: Bdelloid rotifers are microscopic filter-feeding invertebrates, less than half a millimetre long, that live in moss and soil throughout the world. Over 400 species have been described, and all seem to be exclusively female. Individuals lay unfertilised eggs that hatch into identical asexual daughters. The success of this lineage across millions of years is …

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Laurent Frantz – Understanding domestication in the genomic era

Speaker: Dr. Laurent Frantz (Queen Mary University of London/ The University of Oxford) Title: Understanding domestication in the genomic era Where: Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer LT, UCL (Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT) When: 31 May 2018, 17:30 Abstract: Beginning with dogs over 15,000 years ago, the domestication of plant and animals has played a key role in the development …

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Pontus Skoglund – Learning about evolution from ancient genomes

Speaker: Dr. Pontus Skoglund (The Francis Crick Institute) Title: Learning about evolution from ancient genomes Where: Anatomy G04 Gavin de Beer LT, UCL (Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT) When: 24th April 2018, 17:30 Abstract: Evolution is defined as genetic change through time, and the only direct way to study such temporal processes in humans and other populations over longer time …

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Andrea Dixon – At the edge of the species: the effects of gene flow on fitness

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Dixon (Rothamsted) Title: At the edge of the species: the effects of gene flow on fitness Where: Medawar Building G02 Watson LT, UCL (Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT) When: 25th April 2017, 18:30 Abstract: Species ranges that are distributed across environmentally heterogeneous landscapes can be constrained by the efficacy of natural selection at range edges. Constraints on …

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Nigel Nicholson – Adaptive and unadaptive leadership: an evolutionary perspective

Speaker: Prof. Nigel Nicholson (London Business School) Title: Adaptive and unadaptive leadership: an evolutionary perspective Where: UCL, Drayton House B05 (30 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AX) When: 20th February 2017, 18:00 Abstract:Leadership serves the need for coordination and direction in social groups of many species, and for humans it has special properties and significance. We notice when it fails more than when it …

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