Biological Sciences Seminar

My Fruit Flies, My Job, My Career: How an Army of Undergraduates Can Help You Succeed  

Dr. Thomas Werner

Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences, Michigan Tech University

Dr. Werner is a Drosophila ("fruit fly") expert. His talk will summarize the most exciting discoveries during his tenure-track assistant professorship at Michigan Tech. Dr. Werner will explain how he research-mentored 80 undergraduate students at Michigan Tech. His lab discovered how genes known to cause cancer in humans decorate flies with fancy wing and body pigmentation patterns. His research team also studied how some fruit flies evolved resistance to the most highly potent mushroom toxin alpha-amanitin, which is 30 times more toxic than cyanide. While most of this work is of molecular nature, Dr. Werner also keeps a dying art alive. In his recent book "Drosophilids of the Midwest and Northeast", he documented the fruit fly species of Eastern North America, which is now the most comprehensive work of this insect family for this part of the world.                                                                                                        
Short Biosketch: 
1991 - 1997: Undergraduate and Master's thesis at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (Virology, Dr. Andreas Henke's lab), Germany
1998 - 2005: PhD at Umeå University (Cell and Molecular Biology, Dr. Dan Hultmark's lab), Sweden
2005 - 2010: Postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Evolution of Development, Dr. Sean B. Carroll's lab), USA
2010 - Present: Assistant Professor of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Michigan Tech, USA


Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Electrical Energy Resources Center (EERC), 229
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

Event Type

Academics, Lectures/Seminars

Target Audience

Students, Graduate, Faculty/Staff, General Public


Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, Biological Sciences, College of Sciences and Arts
Host ?

Xioaqing Tang


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