The Indiana Academy of Science is honored to present Award-winning Researcher, Teacher, and Science Communicator,

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Presenting: "Pleased to Meet Me:  Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are"

Why do you dislike certain foods? Why do you vote the way you do? Why do people overeat? Why do some get addicted to drugs or suffer from depression? Based on the international bestseller, “Pleased to Meet Me,” (National Geographic Books), this talk will describe how genes work together with your environment and microbes to shape your personality and behavior. Mixing cutting-edge research with pop culture and humor, Pleased to Meet Me is filled with fascinating insights that shine a light on who we really are--and how we might become our best selves. Join us for a life-changing look at what makes you…you.

Bill Sullivan is the author of "Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are" (National Geographic Books).  Sullivan is a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies genetics and microbiology. As an award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of outlets, including CNN, Fox & Friends, The Doctors, Science Fantastic with Dr. Michio Kaku, Doctor Radio, and more. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and has written for National Geographic, Discover, Scientific American, COSMOS, Psychology Today, and more. Follow him on Twitter at @wjsullivan and learn more at

Check out some videos featuring Dr. Sullivan!

Is Ozzy Osbourne Genetically Predisposed To Party? Genes & Addiction:


Are Some People Genetically Predisposed To Deadly Violence?


Dr. Sullivan's appearance on Fox & Friends, talking about genes and politics:


Dr. Sullivan's appearance on “The Armen Show”


Here is a video about the book, "Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are":

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