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CANCELED - Nicole King, University of California, Berkeley, Bacterial regulation of mating and development in the closest living relatives of animals

December 8, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Hopkins Marine Station, Boat Works Lecture Hall

open to public

Choanoflagellates are the closest living relatives of animals and provide a simple model system for investigating the mechanisms underlying interactions between bacteria and eukaryotes. Not only do choanoflagellates rely upon bacteria as prey, but we have found that specific environmental bacteria regulate two critical events in the life history of choanoflagellates: the transition to multicellularity and the onset of mating. I will discuss the molecular bases of each of these interactions and their potential implications for understanding the ecology and evolution of choanoflagellates and animals.

Event Sponsor: 
Hopkins Marine Station
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831-655-6200