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Students to present findings from Molecular Basis of Disease course

11/28/2007 —

Four Penn State Lehigh Valley biology honors students will present their findings from the Chautauqua Short Course, The Molecular Basis of Disease, on Wednesday, December 5, at 1 p.m. in the Atrium at the Fogelsville campus.  Dr. Jacqueline McLaughlin, assistant professor of Biology, and the students participated in one of the Chautauqua Short Courses for College Teachers at Valencia Community College, Orlando, Fla. The courses are an annual series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate college teachers of science to provide an opportunity to communicate new knowledge, concepts, and techniques to enhance undergraduate teaching.  

The Molecular Basis of Disease course focused on several diseases, each of which represented an important area of molecular medicine – AIDS, Cardiovascular Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Schizophrenia, and Cancer. Course discussion focused on the principles of biochemistry, genetics, and cell biology that are essential to understanding the origin and molecular physiology of these diseases. The course was presented by Dr. David Dressler of Oxford University. The students will present their observations and course findings on these diseases.

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