A mycologist walks into the bar… to get a taste of the local culture!

Wednesday, February 22 Doors open at 6:00pm

Talk begins at ~6:30pm

Abandoned Building Brewery
142 Pleasant Street #103a, Easthampton, MA

Sensational Spores: How Sensing Creates Behaviors Driving the Lethal Success of a Frog-Killing Fungus

Photo submitted by Dr. Andrew Swafford
  • Could you outrun the fastest fungi?
  • How do parasitic fungi hunt for their hosts?
  • Why are the eyes of fungi so similar to our own?
  • Can we hijack fungal sensory systems to curb infections?

Dr. Andrew Swafford

Dr. Andrew Swafford is an evolutionary cell biologist interested in how sensory and motor systems have evolved and integrated into the biology of animals and fungi. His research spans organismal and molecular levels of organization—tracing the evolutionary trajectories of how animals and fungi perceive, process, and respond to their environment. As a postdoctoral research in Dr. Fritz-Laylin’s lab, Dr. Swafford is currently investigating chemosensory behavior of the pathogenic chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in response to cues from it’s amphibian host. His work is supported by an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. More details can be found at www.swafford.bio

Bring a friend and join us as we enjoy lively conversations, prizes, and brilliant minds. Light refreshments will be available outside the presentation room, first come, first served. This is an inclusive, family-friendly event for people from all walks of life (ALL are very much welcome: kids, college students, your parents!). We promise, you’ll learn something if you come. And hey, you might even win a prize! Remember… Admission is FREE!

SciTech Cafe events are open to any one with a curious mind regardless of age and background.  Our events, prizes, and snacks are free, but donations are appreciated. 

This event is hosted at Abandoned Building Brewery in Easthampton, MA.

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