Genetics Day to Highlight Latest Research

March 24, 2004

            Researchers from around the University of Rochester will gather next month to share the latest findings in the broad field of genetics. The annual University Day in Genetics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 23, in Flaum Atrium of the Arthur Kornberg Medical Research Building.

            Poster sessions in the morning and afternoon will bracket a keynote lecture by Cynthia Kenyon, a developmental biologist and researcher on aging from the University of California at San Francisco, at noon in the Class of ’62 Auditorium. Kenyon, a newly elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, will present the second annual Fred Sherman Lecture on Genetics and will discuss “Genes and cells that regulate the aging of C. elegans.”

            Recently Kenyon has used the nematode C. elegans, a type of worm that is a close cousin to the roundworm, to identify a number of crucial genes that regulate the aging process. Her research has led to important insights into how migrating cells navigate through an organism, enabling it to develop properly. Next month she will join Sherman and other top scientists nationwide, including half a dozen from the University, as a member of NAS.

            Organizers with the genetics cluster of the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies (UCIS) encourage faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, post-docs and other researchers to present their latest work in genetics, defined as broadly as possible to promote interdisciplinary studies.

            For more information about Genetics Day or to register to give a poster, contact Lynn Stull of the Department of Biology at 275-8836 or bstull@mail.rochester.edu.

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