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Under the Sea

  • Sissy K's 4 Commercial Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

Join us for a taste of deep sea science, as we chat with two local scientists about their research!


Margot Schwalbe, Tufts University


Flow sensing in our underwater scaly friends: how fishes detect water movement

The ability to detect water movement is critical to aquatic animals. Fishes detect nearby water flows with a unique, highly specialized system called the lateral line system. This system has structures similar to those in the human ear and vestibular system. Lateral line sensors detect important signals that fish use to catch prey, evade predators, or avoid bumping into obstacles. Studying this sensory system sheds light into how fish and humans perceive the world.



Kimberly Johnson & Nick Leigh, Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's Hospital

No arm, no problem; lessons from salamander limb regeneration

The ideal response following loss of a limb would be the regrowth of an identical limb in its place. This feat has been perfected by salamanders, which can completely regenerate lost limbs. We have developed powerful tools to investigate limb regeneration, with the hope that understanding this process in salamanders will provide critical information for designing efforts to stimulate regeneration in humans.


Event information:

  • This event is 21+ only
  • Complementary food buffet during the event!
  • Doors open at 7:00pm, and our event kicks off at 7:30pm
  • Taste of Science pint glasses will be given away at the door on a first come first served basis while supplies last!
  • No cash will be accepted at the door on the night of the event, so be sure to buy ahead of time or bring your debit or credit card with you!
  • In the event of any last-minute event cancellations, we will post an announcement on our TOS Boston webpage, Facebook, and Twitter
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