Biotechnology 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.

An 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.

Dr. Esther Biswas-Fiss

Dr. 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 in 1999.

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