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Ancient Fats in Modern Microbes: Bridging Earth's Past and Future at the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

Academic Discussion

Capacity limited, first-come, first-served.

Event Details:

Saturday, February 24, 2024
1:30pm - 2:30pm PST


McCaw Hall in the Alumni Center
326 Galvez St
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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Explore the fascinating connection between our Earth’s past and future through the lens of the microbial world. Join us as we delve into a scientist’s path through microbiology as it intersects with sustainability. Learn about the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability and it’s innovative interdisciplinary ecosystem that supports the next generation of science and scholars as we come together to address global sustainability issues.


  • Paula Welander is a microbiologist who received her undergraduate degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles. She pursued her PhD studies in microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her postdoctoral studies at MIT in the Departments of Biology and of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Paula joined the Stanford faculty in 2013 where her current research program is focused on understanding the biosynthesis and physiological function of “molecular fossils” or biomarkers in extant bacteria.

    Paula V. Welander

    Associate Dean for Integrative Initiatives in DEI, Associate Professor of Environmental Earth System Science and, by courtesy, of Biology and of Earth and Planetary Sciences

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