Expert to Speak at MCCC Feb. 24
Dr. Esther Biswas-Fiss
will discuss the use of biotechnology and recombinant DNA in today's
society in her presentation, "Biotechnology - Science of
the New Millennium," on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 12 noon at
Mercer County Community College. Presented as part of the college's
Distinguished Lecture Series, this free talk takes place in the
Communications Building, Room 109, on Mercer's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
advocate of biotechnology education throughout the Delaware Valley,
Dr. Biswas-Fiss is an associate professor in the Department of Bioscience
Technologies and director of the Biotechnology Program at Thomas
Jefferson University's School of Health Professions in Philadelphia,
PA. In her talk, she will discuss her ongoing laboratory research,
supported by National Institutes of Health, that deals with inherited
visual disease and bioterrorism.
Biswas-Fiss' current research focuses on the structure and function of
biologically important proteins, particularly the biochemical consequences
of inherited mutations in the retina-specific ABCR protein that is genetically
linked to degenerative eye diseases such as Stargardt disease, age-related
macular degeneration and some forms of retinitis pigmentosa. Her work
is supported by the NIH/National Eye Institute, American Health Assistance
Foundation/Macular Degeneration Program, and Fight for Sight, Inc.
Dr. Biswas-Fiss earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Bioscience from the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ); her M.S. degree in Biochemistry
from the University of Maryland; and her B.S. degree from the University
of Washington. She joined the faculty of Jefferson College of Health Professions
To learn more about upcoming lectures at Mercer County Community College,
or call 609-570-3324.
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