Dr. Mark Siddall is Curator and Professor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York where he is principal investigator in the Institute for Comparative Genomics. His research focuses on the evolution of parasite diversity, from microbes and malaria to bed bugs, but especially his beloved leeches and their hemotoxic venoms.

With over one hundred and fifty publications and thirty years of fieldwork that spans all continents, Siddall has been central to leveraging genomic technologies for the study of biodiversity and its conservation. A defender of charismatic microfauna, Mark also is engaged with President Carter’s efforts to drive neglected diseases to extinction while still capturing knowledge about their life cycles, ecology, and genomics.

In addition to being co-curator of the iconic Hall of Ocean Life, Siddall’s award-winning exhibitions include “Life at the Limits,” “Countdown to Zero,” “Picturing Science,” and “Power of Poison,” which led to his popular book Poison: Sinister Species with Deadly Consequences.