HATTIESBURG – How
the Human Genome Project is unlocking scientific mysteries for mankind
is the topic of the first installment of the Lecture Series in the
Sciences March 8 at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Dr. Paula Gregory, a geneticist at Louisiana State
University, will present "Genomic Medicine: Bench to Bedside"
at 5 p.m. in the Polymer Science Research Center.
Sponsored by the College of Science and Technology
and Hattiesburg Clinic, the lecture series will continue April 2
with guest Dr. Nagendranath Bellare, a hematologist and oncologist
at Hattiesburg Clinic. The third and final guest lecturer will be
announced next month.
"The College of Science and Technology is appreciative
of Hattiesburg Clinic for sponsoring this utstanding lecture series,"
COST dean Dr. Rex Gandy said. "This year three exciting speakers
will be appearing thanks to the generous support of Hattiesburg
Clinic. The speakers this year are focusing on the interaction between
medicine and science, an exciting area of development, and everyone
Gregory received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Southern
Miss and a doctorate from Tulane University. While carrying out
her postdoctoral training at the University of Michigan, she began
the first education program within a human genome center. In 1993,
she began the Genetics Education Office of the National Institute
for Human Genome Research within the National Institutes of Health.
While there, Gregory created several new educational programs for
the public. Gregory now works as an associate professor in the Department
of Genetics at the LSU Health Sciences Center. She also directs
a high school cancer research partnership program funded by the
National Cancer Institute.
"As someone who has spent a large portion of
her professional career at the heart of the Human Genome Project,
Dr. Gregory will talk about how this multinational basic research
venture is benefiting society," said Dr. Sabine Heinhorst,
professor of chemistry at Southern Miss.
For more information about Gregory or the lecture,
contact the Department of Polymer Science at (601) 266-4868.