Join Sara Goodacre, founder of SpiderLab in an evening to explore the diversity of spiders – much of which cannot easily be seen.
We encounter spiders often (whether we like it or not!), but how much do we really know about them? There are many unseen secrets in their genetics – range from flight to medical applications – waiting to be uncovered once we scratch the surface.
Join Sara Goodacre, founder of SpiderLab and professor in evolutionary biology and genetics in an evening exploring the diversity of spiders – much of which cannot easily be seen.
Drawing upon her work as a research scientist, Sara takes us on a journey of fascinating research including the creation of chemically ‘decorated’, artificial spider silks that could be used for drug delivery, wound healing and regenerative medicine. She will also describe studies on who is winning when it comes to spiders and the intracellular microbes that hitch a ride inside them, and attempt to answer the question of what makes a spider fly?
This is a theatre event, where the speaker and audience are together in the Ri Theatre.
This event will not be livestreamed.
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