Splash Biography


Major: Immunobiology

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Helen Beilinson

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Past Classes

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S2264: Brain Takeover: Parasite Manipulation Theory in Splash Fall 16 (Nov. 05, 2016)
Some parasites take over the brains of their hosts and change their decision-making and their ability to control their behavior. The changed behaviors help in transmission of the parasite and don't help the host. In fact, it often ends in the host's demise. Sounds crazy? Come learn about some of the awesome examples of this happening in real life and learn why this happens and how it evolved!

E2101: Brain Takeover: Parasite Manipulation Theory in Sprout Fall 16 (Oct. 01 - 15, 2016)
Microorganisms, like parasites, viruses, and bacteria, need to spread from host to host during their lifetimes. Many microorganisms have evolved unique ways to most effectively do this. One creative way is to literally change the behaviors of their hosts. From a parasite that makes mice lose their fear of cats because it likes living in cats' bellies to another parasite that makes ants disguise themselves as fruit so they can be eaten by birds, which the parasite prefers to live inside. We will go through many examples of behavior manipulation by parasites and talk about the evolution of this strange phenomenon.