- This event is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern.
- It is free and open to the public.
- Seating is on a first-come basis.
- RSVPs are not required to attend nor do they reserve you a seat.
- Gather for dinner by 7:00 pm.
- The evening's presentation gets under way around 7:45.
The hidden lives of microbes in the wild and how they transform our planet
Nadia Szeinbaum, Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Earth & Atmospheric Science
Georgia Institute of Technology
We know that life began with single-celled microorganisms which, in contrast to us, remained unicellular, and “primitive.” Most of us are familiar with microbes in our daily lives, both in a good way (yogurt, yay!) or a bad way (cavities, boo!). However, most microbes aren’t so domestic; they live in the wild, and have intriguing lifestyles that affect our existence at a global scale. These cells, though minuscule, are major contributors to the living world on Earth. Because they are ancient, they also retain secrets about life on Earth before we showed up.
In this presentation, Georgia Tech postdoctoral fellow, Nadia Szeinbaum, will discuss these invisible giants and share with us what she has found out while investigating them in the lab.
About our speaker
Nadia Szeinbaum is a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Glass in the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Tech. She explores how microbes live under metal-reducing conditions. She is interested in understanding bacterial strategies for energy generation and for survival under nutrient and redox fluctuations, as well as exploring the biogeochemical role of microbial metal reduction before the oxygenation of Earth.