Final Inaugural Scholarship Series lecture March 27 features Dr. Jane Cavender and students transformed through research
The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President at Elizabethtown College hosts the final event in the Inaugural Scholarship Series commemorating the inaugural year of the College’s 14th president. This last lecture of 2012, slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, features Dr. Jane Cavender, professor of Biology, who presents “The T antigen Oncoprotein: Inducing Cell and Student Transformation.” The lecture takes place in Room 212 of the College’s James B. Hoover Center for Business.
Simian Virus 40 produces a protein, the large T (tumor) antigen, which is able to initiate and maintain tumors in experimental animals. In the laboratory, Dr. Cavender and her students study the transformation of cells in culture from “normal to tumorigenic” in hopes of revealing exactly what host mechanisms are disabled during the cancer progression. The students are tackling two broad research endeavors: One group is attempting to pinpoint how this protein blocks adult stem cell differentiation; the other is narrowing down the activities of the protein that are responsible for the morphological changes seen in the nucleus of aggressive cancers.
“Research and discovery are at the heart of learning at Elizabethtown,” said Dr. Cavender. “During the process, our students are transformed from inexperienced undergraduates to enlightened scientists.”
A reception follows the 7:30 p.m. event. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.