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: 


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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.

Frequent Geek Cards

Get your card stamped at the information table when you attend SciCafe.

  • Get three stamps, receive a free drink
  • Get five stamps, receive two tickets to a special exhibition of your choice
  • Get all nine stamps and receive two tickets to the program of your choice (restrictions apply).


The SciCafe series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston. 

This project is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).