MARCH 31

STEM Career Seminar on Plant-based Cancer Research

Sallie Smith Schneider
Center for Natural and Health Sciences, Room 107
3/31/2016 12:15 PM
3/31/2016 01:30 PM

Using Eastern Medicine Plant Extracts in Breast Cancer Research

The ElmSTEMS grant is sponsoring a career seminar  in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related fields on Thursday, March 31. Special guest will be Sallie Smith Schneider, Ph.D., director of BioSpecimen Resource Molecular Analysis Facility, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, and adjunct professor of veterinary and animal sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Schneider's research on breast cancer - a disease that affects one in eight women in their lifetime - is focused on identifying targets for preventive therapy. In this seminar, Dr. Schneider will discuss her lab's work to determine whether a plant extract employed in Eastern medicine can be used to decrease the risk of cancer spreading and to protect the normal cells of the body from the toxic effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

This seminar complements a class taught by Associate Professor of Biology Nina Theiss, Ph.D.,  Potions, Poisons and Perfumes: The Secret Life of Plants.

This event is for college students and high school seniors interested in having a career in the life sciences. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for this event using the link below.