Life Science Lunch: Cancer and stem cells - the cells of possibilities?
What are stem cells, where do we find them and what are their roles? How can we use knowledge about stem cells in research and treatment of diseases? Why are stem cells so much debated?
- Stem cells – endless possibilities?
Principal Investigator, Ragnhild Eskeland, Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo (UiO)
She will give us the facts about stem cells in general and tell us how they relate to cancer. She will also tell us why stem cells are so much debated.
- Understanding the chromosome dance
Associate Professor, Thomas Küntziger, Department of Oral Biology, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo (UiO)
He will tell us about the role of the protein AKAP95 in the accurate distribution of the chromosomes between the two daughter cells during cell division (mitosis). Mistakes in this process are known to give rise to cancer cells.
Thomas Küntziger currently holds funding from the Norwegian Cancer Society for his research project on the role of a protein (AKAP95) in a surveillance mechanism called the spindle assembly checkpoint.
Innovative approaches for targeting stem cells in cancer
Associate Professor, Steven Wilson, the Cancer–Stem cell innovation center (SFI-CAST), Department of chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo (UiO)
He will talk about approaches and technologies for analyzing stem/cancer cells, to develop diagnostic approaches and therapeutics.
Steven Ray Wilson has a PhD in chemistry, within the field of analytical chemistry. His main interests are developing technology for diagnostic purposes within cancer, typically in the framework of stem-related signal pathways such as the Hedgehog and Wnt pathway. A central focus is developing tools that can analyze extremely small samples.
Bring your lunch and join, we serve tea and coffee!
About Life Science Lunch
This series of seminars provides insight into what life sciences are and what topics the University of Oslo and its collaborators are working on within life sciences. You will meet both established top researchers and young talents that through different approaches are working to gain new insight to solve societal challenges related to health and the environment. The seminars are a collaboration between faculties and departments, the Student Parliament, the Science Library and UiO:Life Science.