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October 2017

The Role of Carbohydrates in Blood Vessel Development and Disease

October 3, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037, CA 92037 US
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The Wet Lab is hosting a lecture by UCSD Biomedical Sciences PhD student Daniel Sandoval. The lecture will be held at the La Jolla Riford Library on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Blood vessels are the cornerstone of many developmental and disease processes. They allow the transport of nutrients and waste from tissues, controlling inflammation. The surfaces of blood vessels are covered in a dense layer of carbohydrates, also called glycans. In this lecture we will learn about…

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Neuronal Degeneration in Glaucoma

October 19, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, US
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The Wet Lab is hosting a lecture by Dorota Skowronska-Krawczyk, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCSD. The lecture will be held at the San Diego Central Library on Thursday, October 19th, from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Glaucoma is a blinding neurodegenerative disease, whose risk factors include elevated intraocular pressure (IOP), age, and genetics. Glaucoma is characterized by accelerated and progressive retinal ganglion cells (RGC) death. Despite decades of research, the mechanism of RGC death in glaucoma is…

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November 2017

The American Gut Project: Crowdsourcing Human Microbiome Research

November 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037, CA 92037 US
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The Wet Lab is hosting a lecture by Lindsay DeRight Goldasich, a Research Associate in the Knight Lab at UCSD. The lecture will be held at the La Jolla Riford Library on Tuesday, November 7th, from 6:30 – 7:30pm. The American Gut Project is the world's largest crowdfunded citizen science research project, with the goal of creating a comprehensive map of the human microbiome-including the identification of all of the "bad" and "good" areas. This maps can be used by researchers…

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Evolution in action: Watching new species evolve in the lab

November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, US
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The Wet Lab is hosting a lecture by Justin Meyer, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD. The lecture will be held at the San Diego Central Library on Thursday, November 16th, from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Many people might envision an evolutionary biologist as a bearded Victorian scientist who analyzes dusty fossils and museum collections. The field of evolutionary biology has modernized over the decades and now many researchers use technology to actually watch evolution in…

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December 2017

Using “Jurassic Park” Technology to Save Rare Rhinos from Extinction

December 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037, CA 92037 US
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The northern white rhinoceros species is on the brink of extinction. There are only three remaining on the planet and they cannot reproduce naturally. Hoping to revitalize the population, researchers have an audacious plan to save the species by transforming cells from frozen storage into sperm and egg cells, which would then be used for in vitro fertilization (IVF). As part of this project, Tom Nguyen, Research Associate in Genetics at San Diego Zoo Global, will discuss his research in…

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January 2018

Space Biology 101

January 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, US
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Join us at the San Diego Central Library for a lecture by Christoph Lahtz, PhD. We live in an exciting time! We are on the brink of becoming a multi celestial species, yet in order to live on other celestial bodies like the moon, Mars, Venus or in space stations, we need to learn what it would be like to live in space. “Space biology” refers to the science of how animals (including humans) and plants react to the environment…

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February 2018

Poop, Robots and Supercomputers

February 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037, CA 92037 US
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Join us for a lecture by Daniel McDonald, PhD, at 6:30pm on February 6th at the La Jolla Riford Library. Dr. McDonald is the Scientific Director of the American Gut Project. Did you know that you have as many (or more) bacterial cells as you do human cells? It turns out that humans, and all mammals for that matter, harbor vast ecosystems composed of microscopic organisms which are critical for health and well being. In this lecture, Dr. McDonald will…

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Exploring the worlds within us: The immune system on the move

February 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, US
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Join us for a lecture by Zbigniew Mikulski, PhD, director of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology Microscopy Core Facility, at the San Diego Central Library on Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm. Arthur C. Clarke once quipped that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Through images and movies, Dr. Zbigniew Mikulski, director of microscopy core facility at La Jolla Institute, will take you on a space odyssey to the outermost edges of the visible within us. In…

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March 2018

La Jolla Library Lecture: Space Biology 101

March 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
La Jolla Library, 7555 Draper Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037, CA 92037 US
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• What we'll do Are you interested in colonizing other planets, or just want to know what it will take to get the first humans to Mars? Please join us at the La Jolla Library for the next citizen science lecture presented by Dr. Christoph Lahtz, director of the San Diego Space Bio Lab. We live in an exciting time! We are on the brink of becoming a multi celestial species, yet in order to live on other celestial bodies…

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Downtown Library Lecture: Intro to Herbalism

March 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
San Diego Public Library, 330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, US
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• What we'll do Are you curious about the science behind natural remedies? Please join the Wet Lab at the next citizen science lecture as we explore the science and wonder of herbal medicine led by certified Herbalist Julie Quinn of RD Alchemy Natural Products. After we cover herbal beginnings and basics we delve into the properties and uses of common Western herbs. From teas to tinctures, adaptogens to antioxidants; join us as we kick off a great start to…

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