Evolutionary and population geneticist and Integrative Biology Professor Michael Blouin will present the 2021 F.A. Gilfillan Memorial Lecture entitled “What Darwin couldn’t imagine: a personal journey through the ever-changing field of evolutionary genetics.”
In his 24 years at OSU, Blouin has developed and applied cutting- edge molecular tools to answer previously unapproachable questions in evolution and genetics. He is credited with starting the field of endo-parasite molecular ecology at OSU. Endoparasites are difficult to study given that they live within other organisms and are often microscopic in size. In recent years, Blouin has pursued research on schistosome molecular biology, the flatworm that causes the infectious human disease Schistosomiasis — an understudied disease that affects 200 million people. His foundational study of the immune genes and resistance pathways to the parasite have advanced the study of the disease.
Thursday, April 8 at 5:30pm to 6:30pmVirtual Event