SaddleBrooke Science Café

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Series Title:  Human Disease: Pathway to Cures

In this series, a team of researchers from the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology will shed light on our current understanding of human biology and disease. Our speakers will cover topics on basic cell biology, genetic testing and mechanisms of age related disease. Insights to cures and healthy aging will be revealed.

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Fall 2019 Science Cafés Presenters:

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:30PM

Understanding Cancer: The Science Behind the Cures

Dr. Susan BeckPresenter: Joyce Schroeder, Department Head, Molecular and Cellular Biology; Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology and BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US – yet progress is being made in understanding this disease and developing cures. We will discuss our understanding of the types, causes and drivers of cancer, with a focus on metastatic disease. We will then turn to some recent breakthroughs, including immunotherapy. Finally, we will discuss those cancers for which therapies do not work, and discuss new research underway that is designed to understand the causes of cancer resistance and relapse.


Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30PM

Come Fly With Us - A Fruit Fly to Human Approach

Dr. Barbara CarrapaPresenter: Daniela Zarnescu, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neurobiology and Neurology, University of Arizona

Fruit flies can be annoying, buzzing around your kitchen table when you leave those bananas out! What you may not know is that the tiny fruit fly has been a workhorse for over 100 years in better understanding fundamental facts about human biology and disease. Like humans, fruit flies have a brain, can learn, sleep, drink and get addicted, and are providing a great model for studying age and age-related neurodegenerative disorders. They have even helped discover drug therapies for cancer! We will cover the history of major genetic discoveries that led to several Nobel prizes and discuss some of the ways in which flies can help us understand disease and develop therapies for humans.




Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:30PM

Seeing the Light

Dr. Jessica TierneyPresenter: Carol Dieckmann, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Arizona

We work with a single-celled green algae similar to pond scum, called Chlamydomonas.  Like plants, Chlamydomonas cells make energy from sunlight. The highly organized structure inside the cell called the eyespot contains molecules that sense light. We study the eyespot as a model for understanding how cells establish up, down, left, right, and the 3D location of unique internal compartments. Assembling and placing structures accurately is important for the health of all cells/organisms. Understanding the fundamentals of cell biology is vital to understanding human biology.






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