NYU will host UMass Amherst Professor Margaret Riley for “If Darwin Were a Microbiologist: Evolution-Based Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance,” its annual Darwin Lecture, on March 28.

Margaret Riley
University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Margaret Riley. Image courtesy of John Solem.

New York University will host Margaret Riley, a professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, for “If Darwin Were a Microbiologist: Evolution-Based Solutions to Antibiotic Resistance,” its annual Darwin Lecture, on Mon., March 28 at 4 p.m. EDT.

The lecture will be in-person (Center for Genomics and Systems Biology Auditorium [12 Waverly Place, betw. Greene and Mercer Sts.]) and viewable via Zoom

Riley, the founder and former president of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, studies the evolution of microbes and other genomic phenomena, with a particular focus on the origin and evolution of antibiotic resistance. Her research aims to better illuminate these processes, with the aim of enhancing future therapeutic treatments.

Riley, also a founder of the National Science Foundation-backed STEM Ambassadors Program, holds bachelor’s and masters degrees from UMass Amherst and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. 

In-person attendance is limited to the members of the NYU community (NYU ID required for entry); others may attend via Zoom. NYU’s campus visitor policy is available on this page

For questions about the lecture, sponsored by NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, please email biology@nyu.edu.

New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
The faculty at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology are integrating vast amounts of genomic data into systems and networks to predictively model the regulatory mechanisms controlling life, at the level of single cells, tissues, and across the six kingdoms of life. These studies, which span the genomes of a range of model organisms from bacteria to animals and plants, have implications for human health and agriculture. Potential applications include the development of new diagnostics for in vitro fertilization, treatment of disease states such as malaria, and alterations of organisms for practical gain, such as biofuels or nitrogen-use efficiency. The research involves the combined skills of genomicists, bioinformaticians, systematists, and evolutionary biologists all working together in signature open plan “loft” laboratories in a new 70,000-square- foot, state-of-the-art Genome Center Science building located at the heart of NYU’s Washington Square campus. For more, go to its website.


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