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Seminar: Andrea Suria – UNC-CH
August 26, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
UNC-CH’s Department of Marine Sciences is proud to host a guest seminar by Andrea Suria. This event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 26th, at 12:30 pm. This seminar is remote only and will be broadcast live online via Zoom (Meeting ID: 991-4917-3565).
Presenter Affiliation: SPIRE postdoctoral scholar, Septer Lab, Dept. of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: Reproductive Symbiosis: How Bacteria in Squid Eggs Protect Against Fungal Infections
Abstract: Animals that lay eggs and do not stay with them during development must find alternative strategies to protect their offspring from predation and infection. One strategy has been the development of beneficial symbioses with bacteria which can chemically or competitively exclude pathogens from infecting eggs. My research uses the Hawaiian bobtail squid as a model to examine the mechanisms symbiotic bacteria use to defend eggs and to understand how these relationships develop. Through a combination of bioassays, chemical extractions, and DNA/RNA sequencing, we have been able to identify a mix of known and novel antimicrobials that protect squid eggs from fungal infections.