Monthly Talks

October TALK: 

Wednesday, October 3 at Doha English Speaking School (DESS).  


Talk Title:Using DNA Barcoding Method to Determine Identity of Animal Species in Qatar
 
Speaker: Dr 
Kuei-Chiu Chen, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Premedical Biology, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q)
 
Talk Synopsis:

Ever wonder if you can know the species of bird from a feather left in your garden? How about a scat on the hiking trail? The worldwide campaign of DNA barcoding initiated in Canada is using a specific segment of DNA (the DNA barcoding gene) in the genome of each animal, plant, and others that can serve as a signature of that particular species. With confirmed morphological identification, scientists can analyze and link the DNA barcode information to the species. In Qatar, we are aiming to DNA barcode all vertebrate animal species and a few, more iconic invertebrates. In this talk, we will share what we have done so far on the reptiles, amphibians, and other animals in Qatar.
 
Speaker Biography:
 
After receiving her Ph.D. in biology from New York University, Kuei-Chiu Chen worked as a forensic biologist in New York City’s medical examiner’s office. She returned to academia and taught at UCLA and Cornell University in the USA. She is presently teaching biology and conducting student-centered research at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q). She has received multiple grants from Qatar National Research Fund to support her student research on biodiversity and conservation of animals in Qatar. With her dual interests in teaching and mentoring students on research, she has received the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Best Research Mentor Award from WCM-Q.