DNALC Meet a Scientist!

Short virtual lectures for high school and public audiences are your chance to learn about research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory!

Fans of the DNA Learning Center all have one thing in common, a fascination with science and all things DNA! With some of our in-person activities limited, we have created an opportunity to learn that is informative and fits into any schedule. These virtual events will be 30 minutes with time for your questions. Each month we will feature CSHL scientists who will share their stories with you, including:

  • What got them interested in science?
  • What are the most exciting things they are working on?
  • What challenges did they overcome to achieve a career in research?

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is consistently ranked one of the world’s premiere research institutions. Join us for this opportunity to learn and be inspired by world-class scientists. 


  • These events are free.
  • All talks are 30 minutes with time for questions.
  • Talks are open to (and appropriate for) high school audiences and the public.
  • Once registered, you will be provided a Zoom link

February: Meet Dr. Anthony Zador

February 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

NeuroAI: From Connectome to Computation

"The goal of my research is to bring together ideas at the intersection of AI and neuroscience, and how new technologies for determining the wiring diagram of the brain can help accelerate our understanding of brains, both natural and artificial.

Dr. Anthony Zador


March 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Miriam Ferrer Gonzalez

Ph.D. Student in Residence, Janowitz Lab, CSHL

Past Events

Meet Dr. Lloyd Trotman
January 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

Traveling in Organs with Cancer

"My lab is trying to understand what makes cancer a deadly disease. Scientists have found that the most dangerous event of cancer is the moment when cells start to move away from a tumor and travel to other sites. To understand this process, we try to make it visible, in 3D. We hope that by seeing these events in full detail, we can begin to think about the right questions to fight deadly cancers. If we fail, at least we'll have some pretty pictures and breathtaking movies.

Dr. Lloyd Trotman

Meet Dr. Camila dos Santos
December 10, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The impact of pregnancy on breast cancer risk

"My lab uses animal models and genomic analysis to study alterations to genes that guide normal breast development. Using this approach we found that transitions through pregnancy can block breast cancer development. In fact, an early age of pregnancy in humans has also been correlated with a lower risk of developing breast cancer in women. By studying the signals that control milk production and cellular communication during pregnancy, we have discovered new ways to stop breast cancer cells development, and those that enhance breast oncogenesis independently of pregnancy.

Dr. Camila dos Santos

Meet Dr. David Jackson
November 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm

How studying stem cells in plants can improve crop yields

"My lab studies genes and signals in cells that regulate the growth and shape of plants. We have discovered several genes that control plant architecture by exerting an influence on stem cells. By identifying the genes that control the number of stem cells in corn plants, for example, we’ve discovered a means of boosting the yield of that vital staple.

Dr. David Jackson