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Deep under the Earth’s surface, there lies a vast microbial world to discover — and CIFAR researchers are at the forefront of learning about life in the deep biosphere.

Join us for a fascinating interdisciplinary discussion between CIFAR fellows Jason E. Stajich (Fungal Kingdom: Threats & Opportunities) and Magdalena Osburn (Earth 4D: Subsurface Science & Exploration).

This event is free and open to the public.

Jason E. Stajich is a bioinformatician who studies the evolution of fungi using comparative and population genomics. Stajich and his research group sequence and analyze genomes of fungi to resolve phylogenetic relationships and understand the evolution of fungal symbioses with plants, animals, and other microbes.



Magdalena Osburn is a geobiologist interested in understanding interactions between microbes and Earth on a variety of spatial and temporal scales whose work is focused largely on the gradient between shallow and deep subsurface environments. In her research, Osburn asks how microbes persist in deep continental settings, including to what extent they use materials from the surface.