Dr. Jackie Joseph-Silverstein, UW-Sheboygan’s Regional Executive Officer and Dean, will be the featured speaker for the March Speakers’ Series lecture at the Sheboygan campus. Dr. Silverstein will discuss the interesting and often controversial topic of Gene Editing. Gaining recent widespread attention in the popular press because of its potential for clinical translation, gene editing is the ability to remove, replace or add a gene sequence, part of a gene or a single code within a gene - to alter our molecular code. The one-hour lecture begins at 7pm on Tuesday, March 13 in the Wombat Room (Room 2114) on the UW-Sheboygan campus, located at One University Drive in Sheboygan. Admission and parking are free.
“It is early days in this field, but there have been breakthroughs in the technology that bring promise to positively impact certain human diseases such as hemophilia and sickle cell disease, as well as to eliminate malaria-carrying mosquitoes and develop drought-resistant wheat. It is an exciting field and a good example of the importance of basic research and our country’s need to support it,” Silverstein said.
Dr. Silverstein earned a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the City University of New York. She began her career at St. John’s University (NYC) where she served as a professor and research scientist, studying the development of the cardiovascular system while teaching a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses. As a graduate student and then professor teaching developmental biology (the study of how a single fertilized egg becomes a complex organism), Silverstein was always fascinated by the history of the field.
The development of new techniques over decades of research dramatically impacted the kinds of research approaches that scientists could use to advance the field. It was also interesting to see how these techniques emerged, often unexpectedly from very basic science investigation designed to find answers to fundamental biological questions.
The Speaker’s Series presents a new topic each month (September – May) that is discussed in an open forum format. For directions to the campus or more information, visit www.sheboygan.uwc.edu
IN A NUTSHELL:
What: Lecture: Gene Editing
Who: Dr. Jackie Joseph-Silverstein, Regional Executive Officer, UW Colleges – Southeast Region
When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7pm
Where: UW-Sheboygan, One University Drive, Sheboygan – Wombat Room