Remarkable organisms exemplify extremes in the spectrum of life, like transparent embryos that allow visualization of the first heartbeat, or plants, animals and fungi that can survive for years in the absence of water. How and why have the studies of these extreme “weirdos” been critical to almost every advance in basic biological and biomedical research? Dr. Koshland will discuss these “believe-it -or-not” organisms and their contributions to science – past, present, and future.

Dr. Douglas Koshland, University of California Berkeley, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology

February 11, 2015