C. Brandon Ogbunu

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

Panel: Unfolding Models

“Welcome to Copper World.” Courtesy of C. Brandon Ogbunu. Credit: Brittney Moodie.

Professor C. Brandon Ogbunu asks whether differences in genetic background affect susceptibility to disease and the effectiveness of drugs. For Ogbunu, this work gets at the deeper question of how the background of built form and cultural worlds shape the spread of disease while also building toward the computational problem of mapping the vast design space of protein structure. The “Unfolding Models” panel provides a unique context in which to bring these different scales and contexts of inquiry together through discussion of the epidemic. 

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Symposium Schedule

Panel: Unfolding Models
Video Release: Friday, April 2, 2021 / 9:00am EST

Live Q&A: Monday, April 5, 2021 / 5:00–6:00pm EST

Related Works

“A Reflection on 50 Years of John Maynard Smith’s ‘Protein Space'”

2020, Genetics

In this “Perspectives” article, Ogbunu commemorates the 50th anniversary of John Maynard Smith’s “Natural Selection and the Concept of a Protein Space” by discussing its unique legacy and describing its intriguing historical context.



An introduction to the scientific research group led by Ogbunu: a highly interactive, intellectually diverse research program with connections to a number of fields ranging from evolutionary medicine, to network theory, and microbial physiology.

Wired Contributor Profile

2019, Wired

A list of the articles written by C. Brandon Ogbunu for Wired Magazine, including “How Afrofuturism Can Help the World Mend” and “How Social Distancing Became Social Justice.”