Dried sea monkeys and frozen wood frogs UofL biologist explains how animals that survive extreme conditions are game changers for human medicine at Beer with a Scientist, Oct. 16

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    Michael Menze, Ph.D.
    Michael Menze, Ph.D.

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Some animals have developed the ability to survive in extreme conditions such being frozen, drying or with a complete lack of oxygen.

    At this month’s Beer with a Scientist, Michael Menze, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville, will discuss how the mechanisms behind these animals’ survival in impossible conditions can be used to transform human medicine.

    “I am fascinated with how these animals can survive the limits of life, so my research focuses on decoding the molecular mechanisms that protect animals exposed to harsh environmental factors,” Menze said. “Understanding how life can survive these intense insults allows us to solve medical challenges ranging from long-duration space travel to securing the human blood supply.”

    Menze’s talk begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Holsopple Brewing, 8023 Catherine Lane. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session.

    Admission is free. Purchase of beer or other items is not required but is encouraged. Organizers encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly.

    UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Ph.D., created the Beer with a Scientist program in 2014 as a way to bring science to the public in an informal setting. At these events, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises:  beer and science.

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    Betty Coffman
    Betty Coffman is a Health Communications Specialist, working on the Health Sciences Campus with departments in the School of Medicine. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Marketing and Communications.