Friends of the Library Sponsors Lecture March 28

Dr. Albert Ribes-Zamora, Assistant professor at the UST Biology Department, will present “Using Bioluminescence to Dissect DNA Repair Pathways”. This presentation will be held in the Doherty Library atrium on Wednesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m.

One of the many revolutions currently ongoing in molecular biology, is the use of bioluminesence molecules to identify and examine the functions of many of the genes present in our genome. It is estimated that each human cell undergoes at least one DNA break every day. Bioluminescence is used  to dissect how genes are involved in repairing how DNA interacts with each other and how they assemble at DNA breaks.

Mapping the specific surfaces in the structure of DNA repair proteins can be useful to radio-sensitize cancerous cells and lead to more effective radiotherapy.

Dr. Ribes-Zamora holds a bachelor degree from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain. He earned a masters degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001 and also earned a doctorate in 2007 from Baylor College of Medicine. Ribes-Zamora is a post-doctoral scholar at the Texas Children’s Hospital. He has held several teaching positions including institutions Institut Sant Ferran in Barcelona, Spain, the University of Kentucky and the University of St. Thomas. At St. Thomas, Ribes-Zamora teaches molecular techniques and genetics. He continues to conduct research and has several publications.

This event is free and open to the public.

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