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Women & Science: Nutrition and Gene Regulation: How Does What We Eat Alter Disease Development?

Special Event
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Join us for our Women and Science event series and learn more about Wistar's Women & Science Program.

Cocktail Reception & Program

In this program, you will learn:

  • How does cancer take advantage of nutrient metabolism and what we eat?
  • How do the by-products of metabolism (metabolites) change genetic activity?
  • How might links between nutrition, cellular metabolism, and gene regulation contribute to tumor growth?   

Guest Speaker Bio:

Kathryn Wellen, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

The Wellen Lab focuses on understanding how nutrition impacts gene regulation in normal cells of the body and the implications of this for health and disease, as well as how metabolic alterations in cancer cells impact gene expression and in turn tumorigenesis.

Dr. Wellen received a B.S. in biological psychology from the College of William and Mary and received her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Harvard University's School of Public Health where she studied the role of inflammation in metabolic diseases. She performed her postdoctoral work with Dr. Craig B. Thompson at the University of Pennsylvania. There, her research identified that histone acetylation is sensitive to the availability of the metabolite acetyl-CoA in mammalian cells. She joined Penn in 2011 as an assistant professor. Her honors include selection as a Forbeck Scholar and a Pew Scholar in biomedical sciences.

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