** To do our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our staff, supporters and community safe, MDI Biological Laboratory has moved all public events, courses and conferences to a virtual format. Our top priority is the safety of our employees, supporters and community. We will be hosting this Science Café online.**
The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, June 28, 2021 will be “Go with your gut: a focused discussion on the microbiome and health,” presented by Elaine Choung-Hee Lee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Applied Genetics; Director, Human Performance Laboratory; Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut.
MDIBL Alumna Dr. Lee joined the number 1 nationally ranked Kinesiology program at the University of Connecticut as a faculty in 2012. Her lab’s research focuses on human resilience among athletes and military warfighters to understand ways we can enhance resilience among the general population, Dr. Lee completed her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in Nutrition, Biochemistry, and Exercise Science, a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University of Medicine, and postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Kevin Strange at MDIBL before returning to her home-state and alma mater at UCONN. As a track and field athlete, rower, and coach, she has pursued study of her lifelong passion and participation in elite sports. She currently is Director of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) and through her lab and the HPL has acquired over $5M in funding supporting study of our military special forces and warfighters, and elite athletes.
Our live online Zoom presentations will be recorded and uploaded for those who cannot make the live session. Please note, when Zoom records, it captures the audience as well as the presenter. If you do not wish to be recorded, please turn off your video camera. Audio will still be available.
MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science.
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