Faculty Profile: Connor, Kwasi

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Connor, Kwasi
Lab Contact:
Kwasi Connor
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
5354 McGaugh Hall

Research Description

"Life in a Fluctuating Environment and the Fluctuations of Life"
From gene sequence to morphology, animals are well adapted to the environments in which they evolved. Non-model organisms that reside in extreme environments are particularly attractive study subjects for comparative physiologists. While model organisms allow for the monitoring of life's fluctuations. Understanding the mechanisms by which nature deals with chronic perturbations helps to understand constraints on biological processes, and how those limits are manifested in more broad characteristics such as growth, reproduction, survival and evolution. The marine environment possesses some of the most extreme and variable habitats in the world such as high temperatures of hydrothermal vents, severely cold Antarctic waters, high pressures of the deep sea and the fluctuating, unpredictable intertidal zone. Organisms residing in these environments have specialized cellular strategies that help them deal with these extremes, such as variation in protein structure, membrane function and gene expression. Whilst, understanding how organisms age in constant environments help us understand how life is orchestrated at the axis of time and the environment. My passion in research is to understand how physical and biological variables within extreme environment shape organismal molecular and biochemical systems over temporal scales. I am interested in understanding how physiological systems are perturbed by extreme events and what cellular activities are called upon to maintain organism homeostasis and enhance survival throughout the aging process.

Requirements to Participate

3 - 4 hours per unit. Students must have a passion for working in a laboratory setting. In addition, they must be well organized and have good time management. Lastly, applicants should have basic college-level knowledge of biology or biochemistry.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Attendance: 20Pts (working assigned hours, being on time)
Lab Work: 40Pts (quality, accuracy, integrated.synthesis of information and safety)
Communication: 20Pts (Written/Oral reports, questions and discussion with mentor)
Lab citizenship: 20Pts (organization, clean up and follow through)
Total: 100 points