Spiders are the superstars of the natural world when it comes to spinning silk. Capable of remarkable feats, spiders and their web spinning abilities have been the inspiration for ancient legends, beloved children’s books, comics, and movies. But what is really known about spider silk? Dr. Hayashi studies the functional genomics of adaptive molecules, with particular emphasis on the evolution and biomimetic potential of remarkable molecules produced by spiders. She is widely recognized as a pioneer in the study of silks, and her integrative research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Army Research Office, US Department of Energy, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, among others.
Cheryl Hayashi is Curator, Professor and Leon Hess Director of Comparative Biology Research, and Director of the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History. She was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Hayashi received her PhD degree through a joint program with Yale University and the American Museum of Natural History.
(Photo, © AMNH/R. Mickens)
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