Dr. Carla Kim - Using stem cell biology to understand lung disease and lung cancer
Dr. Carla (Bender) Kim, BS Geneticist and ONU alumna will be speaking on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Hakes-Pierstorf Building, HPPEC 151 on "Using stem cell biology to understand lung disease and lung cancer". Free and open to the public
The broad interest of Dr. Kim is to characterize the biology of stem cells in normal lung and lung cancer. Numerous lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease involve injured or depleted bronchiolar or alveolar epithelium. Bronchiolar and alveolar cells are also affected in adenocarcinoma, the most common form of lung cancer. It is likely that lung stem cells are critically affected in patients with these devastating diseases. Her long-term goal is to elucidate the role of stem cells in lung hemostasis as a prerequisite to the development of therapeutic strategies that can be used to prevent or attenuate lung disease.