The Blood Sucker Proxy

Seminar Details
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


Mark Siddall, Ph.D.
Curator, Annelida, Mollusca Collections
Principal Investigator, SICG Genomics Lab
Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School
American Museum of Natural History, NY


Rackham Amphitheatre

Mark Siddall is curator in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History where he is also a principal investigator in the Institute for Comparative Genomics. Dr. Siddall’s research at Museum of Natural History focuses on the evolution of parasite diversity, from microbes and malaria to bed bugs, his beloved leeches and their hemotoxic venoms. With over 150 publications and 30 years of fieldwork that spans all continents, Dr. Siddall has been central to leveraging genomic technologies for the study of biodiversity. A defender of charismatic microfauna Dr. Siddall also is engaged with driving human parasites to extinction while capturing knowledge about their life-cycles, ecology, and genomics. In addition to being co-curator of the iconic Hall of Ocean Life, Dr. Siddall’s award winning exhibitions include “Life at the Limits”. “Countdown to Zero”, “Picturing Science”, and “Power of Poison” which led to his popular book “Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences.”

Dr. Siddall was a fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows from 1996-1999.

Michigan Society of Fellows