Professor to discuss research on neurodegeneration March 31

Lani Keller

Feb. 28, 2014 - Lani Keller, assistant professor of biology, will present the lecture, "Using the Fruit Fly, Drosophila, as a Model Organism to Study Neurodegeneration," at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 31, in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Room 225, on the Mount Carmel Campus.

The event, which is part of Quinnipiac's Sigma Xi lecture series, is free and open to the public.

Keller's lecture will include how Drosophila is used as a model organism to study the progressive loss of neurological functions as well as the on-going research being conducted at Keller Lab.

In humans, advanced aging is associated with a large number of neurodegenerative diseases that result from the progressive and irreversible deterioration of neurons. Neuronal degeneration in the fruit fly shares many of the cellular hallmarks of degeneration in mammalian neurons, suggesting the existence of a common degenerative signaling pathway.

Keller, who holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Puget Sound, earned a doctorate from the University of California-San Francisco.

Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are nearly 60,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries around the world. Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in all, can be found at colleges and universities, industrial research centers and government laboratories. The society endeavors to encourage support of original work across the spectrum of science and technology and to promote an appreciation within society at large for the role research has played in human progress.  

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