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From the Physics of Beauty to the Secret Lives of Lobsters

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Yuen Speaker Series - Insights from Emerging Model Organisms: From the Physics of Beauty to the Secret Lives of Lobsters

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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. Professor Nipam 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.

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4:30pm Registration at KK Leung Concourse (North)

5:00pm Opening Speech by Professor Matthew Evans, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Hong Kong University

5:15pm Presentation by Professor Nipam Patel

6:00pm Q&A Session

6:20pm Networking Reception at KK Leung Concourse (North)

7:00pm Ends

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Nipam Patel is the director of the UChicago-affiliated Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). A longtime member of the MBL community, Patel has taught its embryology course since 2001 and served as course codirector from 2007 to 2011. He is the 20th scientist to serve as the MBL’s director since its founding in 1888. Patel is a leading scholar in modern evolutionary and developmental biology, with a focus on the evolution of body patterning and segmentation, regeneration of the germ line, and structural coloration. His scientific expertise encompasses the development of novel model organisms for biological study and the application of advanced imaging technologies to the fundamental dynamics of living systems. Patel is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been awarded the Schubert Endowed Chair and the William V. Power Endowed Chair at the University of California, Berkeley; the McKnight Scholars Neuroscience Fellowship Award; and a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellowship, among other honors. The author of more than 130 scientific publications, Patel was an editor of the journal Development (2009–18) and serves on numerous other editorial and advisory boards. He was a professor of organismal biology and anatomy at the University of Chicago (1995–2003), a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator (1995–2010), and a staff associate in the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution in Baltimore (1991–95). He received a BA in biology from Princeton University and a PhD in biology from Stanford University.

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery – exploring fundamental biology, understanding biodiversity and the environment, and informing the human condition through research and education. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.The MBL’s oldest and most singular strength is its convening power, attracting the world’s leading scientists and students to Woods Hole. Once largely a feature of summers at the MBL, this convening power is now evident year-round, with research programs, courses and conferences in all seasons. Well over 500 scientists and faculty are involved annually in research and educational programs – some based at MBL full-time in its research division, some coming to the MBL for portions of the year, and some leading or lecturing in its broad range of research courses.

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Marine Biological Laboratory, The University of Chicago

University of Chicago Hong Kong Campus

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The Swire Institute of Marine Science, The University of Hong Kong

Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong

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