Thermal Biology Institute Seminar Series Tim Magnuson from Idaho State University
- Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:00pm
- Plant Biosciences Building, 108 - view map
Please join us for a seminar by Tim Magnuson from Idaho State University. The seminar starts at 3:10pm in the Plant BioScience Building room 108.
Title: What do radioactive hot springs tell us about life on other planets?
Idaho harbors unique thermal environments for the study of microbes potentially analogous to systems on other worlds. These environments are home to a wide variety of metabolisms and processes relevant not only to Astrobiology, but also to Earthly issues such as energy and bioremediation. A review of organisms and processes will be given, followed by some ideas regarding the current state of understanding in extremophile microbial physiology as it pertains to radioactive high-temperature environments.
Prof. Magnuson is a Geomicrobiologist and Microbial Physiologist with expertise in microbial extracellular electron transport, and multi-omic characterization of extremophilic microbes. Areas of interest include biochemical characterization of electron transport proteins, directed proteomics of complex microbial communities, and exploration of extreme environs. His overarching research goal is to understand how extremophilic microbes make a living in extremes of pH, temperature, and toxic metals.
- Christine Smith