Biology Graduate Research ForumWestern Science

7th Annual Biology Graduate Research Forum - 2016

Presented by the Graduate Students of the Department of Biology, Western University
Thursday, October 13th and Friday, October 14th, 2016

Keynote Speaker

Rachael Morgan-Kiss, Ph.D. University of Western Ontario

The BGRF is immensely pleased to have one of Western Biology's own, Dr. Rachael Morgan-Kiss, as this year's keynote speaker. Dr. Morgan-Kiss has been professor in the Department of Microbiology, Miami University, since 2007. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, Ontario, in 2000. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on adaptation of the photosynthetic apparatus in a psychrophilic green alga isolated from an ice-covered lake in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. Following her Ph.D., she took a position as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She then worked as a research scientist in the laboratory of Thomas Hanson at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, University of Delaware. Her current research program focuses on polar microbiology and specifically on the diversity and function of microbial eukaryotes residing in ice-covered Antarctic lakes. Research projects in her laboratory combine field studies in Antarctica with physiological studies on a large collection of polar photosynthetic and eukaryotic microorganisms. She is currently funded on a CAREER award from the Office of Polar Programs at the National Science Foundation and is a PI for the McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER program. Dr. Morgan-Kiss has presented >50 talks and posters at scientific meetings and has published >40 scientific articles and book chapters which reflect her broad interests in functional diversity of microbial eukaryotes and environmental adaptation to extreme environments

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