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Baldomero Olivera's lab studies molecular mechanisms that underlie nervous system function, characterizing novel neurotoxins which target specific neuron receptors and ion channel complexes. These neuropeptides come from the venom of Conus species, predatory cone snails ubiquitous in the oceans surrounding his native Philippines. An NAS fellow, Olivera takes a long view on training future generations of scientists, developing activities to engage the imagination of elementary and middle school students in the U.S. and Philippines. Drawing on the fascinating biology of cone snails, his Chemistry to Biodiversity project engages young students in hands-on science that encourages them to explore local biodiversity and cultural traditions.

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Salt Lake City, UT 84112-1107

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