SciCafe: Mollusks to Medicine
May 6, 2015
Normally, when you think of venomous things, you imagine snakes, spiders, or scorpions. Mandë Holford, a Research Associate at the Museum and Associate Professor of Chemical Biology at Hunter College, will discuss her research into relatively unknown predatory marine snails, such as cone snails, the toxins they produce in their venom, and how those toxins are used for discovering new therapeutics (or drugs) for pain and cancer.
This SciCafe event occurred on May 6, 2015. Hear the full program in this podcast, or watch a version here:
- Learn how venom peptides are characterized on PLOS ONE, an online journal which features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine
- Learn how combining evolution and drug discovery can enhance knowledge in both areas on biomedcentral.com
- More details on venomics on acs.org
About the Speaker
Dr. Mandë Holford is as an Associate Professor in Chemistry at Hunter College and CUNY-Graduate Center, with scientific appointments at the American Museum of Natural History and Weill Cornell Medical College. Her joint appointments reflect her interdisciplinary research, which combines chemistry and biology to discover, characterize, and deliver novel peptides from venomous marine snails (cones snails, terebrids, and turrids) as tools for manipulating cellular physiology as it pertains to pain and cancer. Dr. Holford is also a member of the Educational Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Holford received her PhD in Synthetic Protein Chemistry from The Rockefeller University.
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This project is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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