The secret superpowers of insects and other critters
with Dr. Javier Navarro
Thursday November 14, 2019
Doors at 6:00 PM, Talk at 7:00 PM
Cafe Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley, CA
Join us at Cafe Leila on San Pablo Avenue for an evening of science, conversation, and community.
We’re grateful to Cafe Leila for hosting our series. Please show your support by enjoying their delicious cuisine, artisanal teas, fine coffee drinks, and more! BYOB (wine and beer) is welcome with purchase of any menu item.
In this presentation, Dr. Javier Navarro will tell us about his work in revealing the hidden powers of insects and other critters. We will hear about a coffee addict, a wood-degrading machine, and litter decomposers. All have something in common: their intimate associations with microbes to thrive in their unique environments.
Javier was born in Tuxpan, Nayarit, Mexico and finished his undergraduate and graduate coursework chemical engineering in Mexico. He came to UC Berkeley nine years ago as a visiting scholar while finishing his PhD studies. He holds a PhD in Biotechnology, with specialization in microbial ecology and molecular biology. During his scientific formation I was exposed to diverse fields ranging from clinical analyses and development of industrial processes, to molecular biology applied to the analysis of mammalian and environmental systems. Dr. Navarro is currently a Research Scientist in the Bioengineering & Biomedical Sciences Department of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. His research interests include the characterization of multitrophic interactions in complex environmental settings to define the feedbacks among trophic levels that mediate ecosystem functions and productivity.