Brandon Ogbunu: Living, loving, and landscapes
Tuesday, 11 October 2022 | 12-1pm | Hybrid Event
MIT Institute Community and Equity Office
Living, loving, and landscapes: How the science of evolution helps me navigate it all
Join Brandon Ogbunu at the intersection of evolutionary biology, genetics, and epidemiology. Prof. Brandon Ogbunu discusses how evolution is an algorithm that describes how nature innovates and explores possibility. This lecture explores his research program in the evolution of biomolecules and diseases, and unpacks the life lessons and experiences that have impacted the evolution of his career.
Part of the MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program, Brandon is hosted by Professor Matthew Shoulders.
C. Brandon Ogbunu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. His research takes place at the intersection of evolutionary biology, genetics, and epidemiology. He uses experimental evolution, mathematical modeling, and computational biology to better understand the underlying causes and consequences of disease, across scales: from the biophysics of proteins involved in drug resistance to the social determinants driving epidemics at the population level. In doing so, he aims to develop theory that enriches our understanding of the evolutionary and ecological underpinnings of disease, while contributing to practical solutions for clinical medicine and public health. He completed his PhD at Yale University in 2010 and postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and the Broad Institute. He has been the recipient of the UNCF-Merck, the Broad Institute Diversity Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He previously served two years on the faculty at Brown University and is a former visiting research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
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