TUESDAY, March 10 Craig Vierra, Ph.D. “Black Widow Spider Silk and its Useful Properties”


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TUESDAY, March 10

Craig Vierra, Ph.D.

“Black Widow Spider Silk and its Useful Properties”

 

     In this presentation, Craig will explain the molecular constituents of spider silk, the anatomy of different silk-producing glands, the significance of web architectures, and the reason why spider silk has outstanding material properties that have attracted many scientists across the globe to pursue the development of methods for artificial silk production for commercial and military applications. 

     Craig Vierra received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of California, Davis, and his Ph.D. in 1994 from University of California, Riverside, also in Biochemistry. He has been teaching in the Biological Sciences Department at Pacific since 1994, and was the Co-Chair of the Department from 2005-2018. Vierra’s research focuses on the molecular mechanics of black widow spider silk and how these properties relate to the fibers’ high tensile strength, elasticity, and toughness.

      We meet at Central United Methodist Church, 3700 Pacific Avenue (across from UOP) in Stockton, at 7:30 pm.  Plenty of parking and refreshments.   All are welcome.

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Alan England, Stockton