Germs or Gems? Understanding Cancer Through Bacterial Models

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The fields of Biology and Biomedical Sciences have benefited greatly from the study of microorganisms. Bacterial models have been invaluable for advancing the control of infectious diseases, describing the human biota, and providing a basic understanding of minimalistic life. This talk includes a historical and current review of the lesser known role of bacterial models leading to critical knowledge of cancer mechanisms.

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Shelley Lusetti is Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at NMSU. She also directs New Mexico’s INBRE program and co-directs NMSU’s NIH-RISE program. Her research focuses on the enzymology of DNA repair. Altogether her grant portfolio brings in nearly $5 million/year. She has mentored five PhD graduates and 19 undergraduate researchers, who have continued into PhD or MD/PhD programs in the biomedical sciences. Dr. Lusetti’s B.S. in Biology is from UC-Santa Barbara and her Biochemistry Ph.D. is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.