Feb. 28 Juanita Greer White Distinguished Lecturer: Hopi Hoekstra

Feb. 14, 2019


Hopi Hoekstra, professor in the Departments of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology at Harvard University, will be the featured speaker at the 2019 Juanita Greer White Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Science and Engineering Building (SEB) Auditorium. Her talk is titled, "Digging for Genes that Contribute to Behavior."

Understanding which genes affect innate behaviors, and how they work in the brain, remains a major challenge in biology. To address this goal, we are capitalizing on natural variation in behavior within and between species of wild mice. In this talk, Hoekstra will focus on a heritable behavior – burrowing, which produces an intriguing and complex animal architecture – to explore the genetics and neurobiology of behavioral evolution. She will reflect on how studying natural variation in mice can shed light onto the genetics of human behavior.