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The round worm Caenorhabditis elegans as a model organism to study human neurodegenerative diseases
April 29 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM UTC+0
About the Talk:
Caenorhabditis elegans is a ~1 mm roundworm found in decomposing organic materials in nature. Its adoption as a model organism in the modern research laboratory has led to fundamental discoveries in biological processes important to all metazoan species including development, control of transcription, and aging. The seminar will present basic aspects of C. elegans biology as well as introduce laboratory techniques to study human diseases. The construction of transgenic animal models for investigating human neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases will be highlighted. The seminar’s main goal will be to illuminate the use of model systems in basic as well as applied laboratory research.
About the Speaker:
Garry Wong is currently a professor in the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Macau and an associate editor of Frontiers in Toxicogenomics and Frontiers in Predictive Toxicology. He obtained a BS degree from the University of California, Davis in Environmental Toxicology and his MSc and PhD degrees in Toxicology from North Carolina State University. He has been awarded the Academy of Finland Visiting Researcher Award, Academy of Finland Junior Researcher Award Fellowship and Academy of Finland Senior Researcher Award Fellowship. His research interests focus on the fundamental biochemical and genetic mechanisms by which neurons undergo degenerative processes during Parkinson’s disease, aging, and environmental stress based on Caenorhabditis elegans. Prof. Wong has published >100 original articles with more than 5000 citations and currently serves as the Coordinator of General Education in Science and Technology at the University of Macau.
Date: Thursday, 29th Apil 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93027583398?pwd=TXR3QkU4dlBWellhMy9EbzRPQ25FZz09
Meeting ID: 930 2758 3398