Educators' Evenings

An Evening for Educators with Dr. Paul Planet: What does evolutionary biology have to offer medicine and public health?

April 6, 2017

Dr. Paul Planet


Join us for a special evening for educators with Dr. Paul Planet, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and senior researcher at the American Museum of Natural History.  Dr. Planet will discuss examples of when evolutionary ideas have changed the way we understand medicine, disease and health.  Topics will include the spread of antibiotic resistance, the structure of outbreaks and epidemics, and the evolving microbiome.

Dr. Planet earned his MD and PhD from Columbia University, and he completed his residency and fellowship training at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York. His first faculty appointment was in the division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at Columbia University. His research program focuses on the evolution and ecology of infectious disease.  His current interests include the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistant strains, particularly community acquired MRSA, and the impact of the pulmonary microbiome in cystic fibrosis.  Dr. Planet’s laboratory uses whole genome phylogenetics, high-throughput sequencing, and bioinformatics to generate hypotheses that can be tested with basic bench research. 

Dr. Planet’s research has been funded by the NIH, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society/St. Judes Award, Louis V. Gerstner Award, the John Driscoll Award, the Thrasher Foundation, and the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award.




5:00 - 5:30p.m.      Check-in and resource tables

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.     Lecture

 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.    Reception and Resource Tables



This program is generously supported by
the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program
of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
as part of a comprehensive five-year partnership focused on human health, the microbiome, and biodiversity.