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The Big Question - Why don't we look like spiders?
Thu 1 December 2016, 18:00 – 19:00 GMT
Centre of the Cell’s Big Question Lecture series gives you a chance to hear biology experts discuss their work and question them about it.
Our next Big Question Lecture is "Why don't we look like spiders?" on Thursday 1st December at 6pm. The guest speaker is Dr Angelika Stollewerk.
Perrin Lecture Theatre, Blizard Institute, 4 Newark Street, London, E1 2AT
Tickets for the lecture are free of charge, but booking is essential.
Over 14s only.
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About the lecture
This lecture will address the question of how the different body forms have evolved and why there is only a restricted number of body plans in nature. Angelika will discuss in what ways developmental processes can facilitate or restrict the outcome of evolutionary changes in genes. She will give many examples and explain why giant spiders have not evolved and why humans look the way they do even though they share many genes with chimps and other animals.
About the speaker
Angelika Stollewerk is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Evolutionary Developmental Biology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London.
Angelika did her PhD on nervous system development in the fruit fly at the University of Cologne in Germany. In her postdoctoral studies she combined her interest in Evolution and Zoology to study nervous system development in various arthropods (e.g. spiders, millipedes, centipedes). She worked as a group leader and principle investigator at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge and the Institute of Genetics, University of Mainz, before joining Queen Mary University of London in 2007. Her research has made major contributions to our understanding of nervous system evolution in arthropods. She has given numerous talks at international conferences and is Editor in Chief of Development, Genes and Evolution, the oldest journal in its field.