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January 21, 2014

Genetics researcher to speak at ISU

TERRE HAUTE — Genetics researcher Elaine Mardis is scheduled to speak at Indiana State University later this month as part of the 2013-14 University Speakers Series and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Community Semester.

Mardis, professor of genetics and molecular biology and co-director of The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will discuss “Next Generation Cancer Genomics” at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in University Hall Theatre.

Mardis has undertaken a cancer genome initiative that has analyzed 150 cancer cases, focusing primarily on acute myeloid leukemia, breast and lung cancers. Her presentation will describe the results of that analysis and technical advances developed during the project.

Mardis serves on several National Institutes of Health study sections, is an editorial board member of Genome Research, and acts as a reviewer for Nature and Genome Research. She serves as chairwoman of the Basic and Translational Sciences Committee for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, a National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative, and serves on the scientific advisory boards of Pacific Biosciences Inc. and Edge Biosciences Inc. In 2010 Mardis received the Scripps Translational Research award for her work on cancer genomics.

Before joining the Washington University faculty, Mardis was a senior research scientist at Bio-Rad Laboratories in Hercules, Calif. She holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and doctoral degrees in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma.

The free presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Genomic Advocacy at Indiana State, an Unbounded Possibilities program, a five-year, $5 million initiative to boost the university’s most distinguished areas of study and expand community service.


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