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Teacher / Researcher Collaborative on Dietary Lipids Evolutionary Adaptation
Thursday, February 15th, 2024 at 4:30pm via Zoom
Free Event for all Teachers

Learn about current research on the role of dietary lipids in evolutionary adaptation.

A presentation for science educators by Claudia Espinoza, a postdoctoral scholar at UC San Diego

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How will I participate?


What will I learn?

Organisms have evolved adaptive processes for the constant fluctuations of temperature in our planet.  Global warming is pushing temperatures to extremes, which represent a challenge for any adaptive tactic.  Lipid (fat) molecules play important roles in cold adaptation, but we do not fully comprehend the extent to which fats consumed in diet affect the ability of an organism to adapt to extreme changes of temperature.  In the  Budin lab, we are building our understanding of how lipids, transferred in diet, drive cold adaptive strategies. 

Learning goals: 

  • Importance of dietary lipids for cold adaptation

  • How fat molecules drive molecular interspecies interactions.

  • The use of cutting edge technology, genetics and behavioral assays to uncover adaptive molecular strategies. 

  • Integration of new discoveries into classrooms. 


Tuesday, February 15th, 2024

4:30pm - 6:00pm


Virtually via Zoom.  Link to attend will be sent via email after you RSVP.


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