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What can we do with and learn from a single cell?  Professor Daniel Chiu, Sept. 8, 2011

Posted Aug. 29, 2011

Join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry as we welcome the Akron Section of the American Chemical Society to campus for the September General Meeting in Williams Hall.

The Department will be hosting a welcome reception at 5:30pm in the Williams Hall lobby.  The plenary lecture, "What can we do with and learn from a single cell?" will be given at 6:00pm by Dr. Daniel Chiu of the University of Washington.  This program is free and open to the public, and the Department extends the invitation to ALL Kent State students and faculty.

Abstract: A cell is the basic unit of any biological system.  A single germ cell, when functioning properly and guided by genetic programming and environmental inputs, can give rise to the complexity of an entire organism.  When a single cell malfunctions (e.g. in cancer), however, it can seed the formation of a distant tumor, the source of over 90% of cancer mortality.  As a scientific community, we are beginning to appreciate that in most cases each cell is different, a fact that has important implications.  For example, individual cancer cells, even within a single patient, are different, and these differences are one reason that cancer is such a heterogenous disease and why cancer is so difficult to treat.  Therefore, single cell studies will provide both a fundamental understanding of biology as well as advance our understanding of the etiology of the diseases so we can develop new treatments to combat devastating illness.  This presentation will describe a range of single-cell experiments that are on-going in the Chiu lab.