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Posted on: February 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Science Cafe - Life at Earth's Extremes Online with the Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi

Organisms that withstand extremes

The Museum of Nature & Science and Sigma Xi present “Science Café – Life at Earth’s Extremes” with guest speaker Madhan Tirumalai, Ph.D.

Dr. Tirumalai joins us at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom Tuesday, February 16 from the University of Houston. Please contact Stephanie at to request a link to the program or go to

Extremophiles are organisms that can survive and thrive under extremes of temperature, pH, pressure, radiation, and other hostile environments. They are often considered model organisms to better understand locations in the Universe where life might have arisen or continue to exist. The wonderful world of extremophiles continues to expand our understanding of the limits of life on Earth, and beyond.

Madhan Tirumalai, Ph.D. is a research assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry. His work focuses on a highly inter-disciplinary area of research, including molecular evolution, space microbiology, and comparative genomics.

The Museum of Nature & Science is currently closed due to the public health order. The Museum is located at 411 N. Main Street and is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36. For additional information, and updates on reopening, visit the website at: or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @LCMuseums.

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