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Valley Bio

RadioBio is setting the stage for a night of LOCAL science, art, and music during this Homecoming Weekend! Come see talks about the biology of Merced and learn about how we fit into the fabric of our natural world in the Central Valley. This event is entirely FREE!

October 19th, 2018
Multicultural Arts Center
645 W Main St, Merced, CA

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Featuring talks from...

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Dr. Clarissa Nobile

Studies of microorganisms have largely been carried out in free-floating (planktonic) cultures; however, the environmental and medical impacts of most microorganisms depend on their abilities to form resilient surface-associated communities called biofilms. Biofilms are the predominant growth state of most microorganisms on biotic and abiotic surfaces. In this talk we will learn about what biofilms really are, why they are important, and how they form. I will also discuss my lab’s newest discoveries on biofilm formation by one of the most common fungal commensal and pathogen of humans.


Dr. Portia Mira

Antibiotic resistance, when bacteria become resistant to antibiotics we use to treat infections caused by them, is a growing public health concern. Twice as many people die from antibiotic resistant infections as HIV, and if this trend continues; more people will die from antibiotic resistant infections than from cancer by the year 2050. My graduate research at UC Merced focused on understanding the impacts of low concentrations of antibiotics on the evolution of bacteria in the Merced Dignity Health Hospital.


Dr. Robert Holland

Vernal pools are temporary pools of water that burst with flowers and fairy shrimp in spring, and turn to harsh, dry environments by summer. What are some tricks plants and animals use to tolerate vegetated pools filled with anoxic water one month, and desiccated basins the next? Where do vernal pools exist today, and where did they occur in the past?

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