Science Cafe at Saddlebrooke – 'Seeing the Light'
Presenter: Carol Dieckmann, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona
About the talk: We work with a single-celled green algae similar to pond scum, called chlamydomonas. Chlamydomonas cells make energy from sunlight. The highly organized structure inside the cell called the eyespot contains molecules that sense light. We study the eyespot as a model for understanding how cells establish up, down, left, right, and the 3D location of unique internal compartments. Assembling and placing structures accurately is important for the health of all cells and organisms. The fundamentals of cell biology will be discussed.
About Science Cafes: Science Cafes, presented by the University of Arizona College of Science, bring the community together with University of Arizona scientists and graduate students in a casual setting. You'll learn about the latest research being conducted, get to know the faces behind the science, and have opportunities to ask questions and deepen your understanding. We have five separate cafe series at five different locations around Tucson, each with their own themes for fascinating science discussions.