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Dr. Carla Kim, BS Genetist and ONU alumna, Alumna Speaker Event, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in HPPEC 151

Dr. Carla (Bender) Kim, BS Geneticist and ONU alumna will be speaking on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Hakes-Pierstorf Building, Rm 151, topic "Using stem cell biology to understand lung disease and lung cancer".

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 homeostasis as a prerequisite to the development of therapeutic strategies that can be used to prevent or attenuate lung disease.

About Dr. Carla (Bender) Kim, BS '97, is a principal investigator at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics.  Her research interests involve the relationships between stem cell biology, cancer biology and lung biology.  After graduating from ONU in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in biology, Kim earned a doctorate in genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and then engaged in a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Cancer Research.