February 14, 2015
How can microorganisms be helpful? | Denison University
This KTU event will be held at Denison University
An interactive session led by Dr. Christine Weingart
Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Denison University
Microorganisms are very small organisms, and in fact they are so small that you can’t see them with your eyes. Don’t let the small size fool you, because they are incredibly diverse, thriving in environments from the very cold to the extremely hot. They live in soil, in salt and fresh waters, on other organisms, and even on you! Because of their diversity, many microorganisms are very useful to us. Some of them are used to produce foods such as cheese, to create antibiotics, to help in our digestion, and even to fuel our cars. The world of the unseen is fascinating and ready for you to investigate. In this session we will learn about microorganisms and their diversity and why they are so important in our lives.
Dr. Christine Weingart is a microbiologist, and associate professor of Biology at Denison University. She teaches courses in general biology, molecular biology, microbiology, and virology. In the lab, she and her students are interested in how certain bacteria cause disease, and how they can be stopped. She loves to share her passion for microbiology outside of Denison by giving talks and demonstrations, and performing experiments in classrooms.
Locations subject to change, updates will be provided closer to event date.