Immune Defenses: Cultivated in Deep Time

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm

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A plasma cell. Transmission electron micrograph by R. Tooze

A plasma cell. Transmission electron micrograph by R. Tooze

Andrea Graham delivers a free, public lecture as part of the Intra-Disciplinary Seminar series.

Andrea GrahamAndrea is an Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She earned an A.B. in Biology and Sculpture from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University. Andrea completed postdoctoral training and independent research fellowships at the University of Edinburgh before moving to Princeton in 2011. Graham’s main interests are the causes and consequences of immunological heterogeneity in mammals. Her focal research questions include: Why, evolutionarily, do immune systems harm their bearers? How does environment alter host genetic effects on immune defenses? Why do immune systems differ in sensitivity and specificity of induced responses to infection?

The Fall 2018 IDS Lecture Series at The Cooper Union is organized by Leslie Hewitt and Omar Berrada. The IDS Public Lecture Series is part of the Robert Lehman Visiting Artist Program at The Cooper Union. We are grateful for major funding and support from the Robert Lehman Foundation for the series. The IDS Public Lecture Series is also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

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