BWIS Lecture 1/31: Probing Epigenome to Target Breast Cancer

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Camila dos Santos

Camila dos Santos of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) will speak on her ground-breaking research for cancer prevention, ”Probing the Epigenome to Target Breast Cancer,” at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Physics Large Seminar Room (Bldg. 510), Thursday, Jan. 31, at 4 p.m. as part of the Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) lecture series.

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The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

The epigenome is a multitude of chemical compounds that can modify the DNA and DNA-associated proteins in the cell, altering the genome leading to heritable mutations. dos Santos studies mechanisms underlying these epigenetic regulations of normal and malignant mammary gland development. Her group developed a model in which pregnancy can prevent the development of mammary tumors, an approach that is expected to yield answers directly related to cancer prevention.

dos Santos received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from State University of Campinas, Brazil, and completed her Postdoctoral studies with Gregory Hannon at CSHL. For her research in normal breast development and breast cancer, she has been awarded the Rita Allen Foundation Award, a V Foundation for Cancer Research Award, a Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Award, and an American Association for Cancer Research Young Investigator Award. Camila dos Santos is a member of the CSHL Women in Science and Enginering executive board.

Following this event, all Lab employees are invited to join the speaker and members of BWIS for the organization’s Annual Wine and Cheese Event, to be held in Bldg. 734 (second floor lobby).

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