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Second Saturday Conversation: Seeing DNA with X-ray Vision
August 8, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dr. Amy Whitaker, Postdoctoral Research Scholar at KU Med will guide participants through a broad overview of DNA, including what exactly it is and how it was discovered, what it looks like in 3D and how it manages to contain all of the genetic information that makes us into unique individuals, and how the code written by DNA is translated to physical characteristics in the human body. She will then explore how DNA can become damaged, disrupting the genetic code and potentially leading to devastating diseases like cancer. She will discuss specialized repair systems that scour the DNA for damage in an effort to repair it before it can cause disease, highlighting her current scientific research at The University of Kansas Medical Center (KU Med).
Dr. Amy Whitaker received her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of St. Thomas in her hometown of Houston, Texas. While completing her undergraduate studies, she worked in a clinical position at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she first became exposed to cancer research. This experience motivated her to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University, where she obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics. After graduating in 2015, Amy moved to Kansas City to work as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Genome Maintenance and Structural Biology under Associate Professor Dr. Bret Freudenthal. In her free time, Amy likes to hang out and garden with her husband and pets at their home in Waldo.
Accessing the Program
This free, livestream program will take place via Zoom. Registration is currently open and will remain open until the event has ended. After you register you will receive an email with a link to join the session. To help us better serve our audiences, we have included some demographic questions in the registration form. Your response to these questions is voluntary but appreciated. Thank you!Click here to register
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Further reading at the Linda Hall Library
- Doudna, Jennifer A.; Sternberg, Samuel H.. A crack in creation : gene editing and the unthinkable power to control evolution. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
- Williams, Gareth. Unravelling the double helix : the story of DNA. New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
- Zimmer, Carl. She has her mother’s laugh : the powers, perversions, and potential of heredity. New York, New York : Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.