Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Speaker Series Presentation: "The power of gene silencing to fight lethal viral infections and cancer" - Dr. Jyoti Chattopadhyaya

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
UC 1017
Talk by Dr. Jyoti Chattopadhyaya, University of Uppsala, Sweden, Scientist in RNAi for drug treatment of viral diseases:  The power of gene silencing to fight lethal viral infections and cancer
About the Talk
DNA and RNA are biomolecules essential to all forms of life. Newly developed RNA-based methods are promising tools to combat virus-related diseases such as cancer and AIDS. One of these methods is called gene-silencing. It protects the host by blocking the disease-causing effects of the virus on infected cells. This is an ancient evolutionary mechanism that is found in both plants and animals. Designing synthetic compounds to mimic this ancient mechanism can result in treatments customized to individual patients. Such a treatment can target infected cells and tissues while minimizing harm to nearby healthy cells. This presentation will discuss these therapeutic approaches.
About the Speaker
Professor Jyoti Chattopadhyaya is a Chair of Bioorganic Chemistry, and Chair of the Chemical Biology Program at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. His multidisciplinary research in Chemistry-Biology interface has so far resulted, in over 420 publications in various peer-reviewed Journals. Dr. Chattopadhyaya is a member of the Editorial Board of over 18 International Journals and currently works at the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Uppsala University doing research in Chemical Biology, Biochemistry and Catalysis.

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