Corien Bakermans, associate professor of microbiology, will speak at the twenty-third annual International Symposium on Polar Sciences hosted by the Korea Polar Research Institute in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on May 17.
The theme of this year’s symposium is “Life at the Extremes: Resilience, Adaptation and Application Potential." Bakermans was invited to present her research on the genetics, physiology, and ecology of cold-adapted bacteria from polar regions. Her work has relevance to understanding the contribution of thawing permafrost to carbon cycling in the Arctic as well as the limits of life on Earth more broadly. The title of her presentation is “Comparative genomic analyses of bacteria from permafrost.”