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Santa Barbara: From Ancient Microbiology to Modern Medicine with Dianne Newman
Regular price $ 50.00

About the Event

Infectious diseases touch the lives of millions of people on the planet. Professor of Biology and Geobiology Dianne Newman brings together her unique expertise and research experience to develop new approaches, inspired by the geosciences, to understanding and treating chronic infections. By studying microorganisms that dominated the biosphere for billions of years in the absence of oxygen, Professor Newman is able to better understand how modern disease-causing microorganisms thrive in similar conditions inside of the human body. She will also discuss her clinical partnership with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. 

About the Speaker

Dianne Newman began her professional training as an environmental microbiologist in the laboratory of a geochemist at MIT but was introduced to bacterial genetics as a visiting scholar at Princeton. The elegance and power of genetic approaches motivated her to seek postdoctoral training in a bacterial genetics laboratory at Harvard Medical School. When she began her independent career, she attempted to blend these fields by using genetic approaches to study how bacteria catalyze geochemically interesting metabolic reactions. She joined the Caltech faculty in 2000 as professor of geobiology. She received the National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award in 2012 to apply geobiological approaches to understanding pulmonary infections in situ, and last year she received the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology and a MacArthur Fellowship.

Additional Details


  • 6:00 p.m. – Cash-bar reception
  • 6:30 p.m. – Dinner, followed by Presentation
  • 9:00 p.m. – Event concludes


  • Graduated before 2000: $50
  • Graduated between 2000-2016: $25

Parking is available in the Club lot or on the street. 

Deadline to Register: Thursday, April 24

Questions, or to pay by check, contact:
Bill Weber


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