Darwin Day 2018
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From Darwin to DNA: Digging For Genes That Contribute To Behavior

Monday, February 11, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom
Duquesne Power Center

From Darwin to DNA: Digging for genes that contribute to behavior

Presented by:

Dr. Hopi Hoekstra - Harvard University
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Mammals in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology

Join Dr. Hoekstra as she discusses her research into behaviors that are passed from generation to generation.

"Understanding which genes affect important behaviors, and how they work in the brain, remains a major challenge in biology. To address this goal, we are capitalizing on natural variation in behavior within and between species of wild mice. In this talk, I will focus on an innate behavior - burrowing, which produces an intriguing and complex animal architecture - to explore the genetics and neurobiology of behavioral evolution. To end, I will reflect on how studying natural variation in mice can shed light onto the genetics of human behavior."

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Free and open to the public with a reception to follow.
Co-sponsored by the Dean's Office of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the National Aviary, and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.


About Darwin Day 2019

Darwin Day is Duquesne's annual international celebration of the life and work of Charles Darwin. The event emphasizes the importance of science education in today's world, and the impact that evolutionary biology has on many aspects of our lives.


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