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Coral Luminescence

From Reef Survival to Novel Biotechnologies

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetrium, Milky Way Theatre

Anya Salih, a research scientist at University of Western Sydney, Australia, studies coral luminescence – a phenomenon that is easy enough to describe, but its biological function is more difficult to understand. Why does coral emit light? Under what circumstances? What does it represent? Can we draw inspiration from it to develop new biotechnologies?

Note: The lecture will be given in English, with simultaneous translation into French.

About the speaker

Dr Anya Salih is a research scientist at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), New South Wales, Australia. She leads the UWS Confocal Bio-Imaging Facility, where she uses laser microscopes to investigate cellular processes in reef corals, in healthy and in cancer cells, in plants and microbes.

Anya’s main research is into the biological function of coral colours – the glow-in-the-dark fluorescent proteins that light up coral reefs. She believes that to understand why corals have evolved functional diversity of fluorescent colours, it is important to work across many disciplines. So she has teamed with many scientists from around the world – marine biologists, biophysicists, molecular biologists, electrophysiologists, biochemists – to solve the mystery of coral fluorescence.

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