College of Arts & Sciences to present Caskey Lecture Series
Cancer researcher Dr. Arnold J. Levin, internationally known for his research on tumor suppressor genes, will be the featured speaker at the University of South Carolina’s 2009 “Caskey Lecture Series.”
His lecture, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, in Lumpkin Auditorium in the Moore School of Business. Titled “The Evolution of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Family of Genes: Conservation of Structure and Function over One Billion Years from Hydra to Humans,” the lecture is free and open to the public.
Levine is professor of pediatrics and biochemistry in the Robert Woods Johnson Medical School at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He is nationally and internationally known for his research on viral oncogenesis, tumor suppressor genes and p53 but has wide-reaching interests in cell and molecular biology and evolution, including the regulation of the cell cycle, neoplasia and virology.
The “Caskey Lecture Series” was established in 2004 by Lancaster native and university alumnus Dr. C. Thomas Caskey to provide a public forum to address the impact of biotechnology on medicine in the 21st century. Chief executive officer and president of Cogene Biotech Ventures, Caskey was president of the Merck Genome Research Institute and is an adjunct professor at Baylor College of Medicine.
Caskey earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of South Carolina and his medical degree from Duke University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and The Institute of Medicine. He is past president of the American Society of Human Genetics and the Human Genome Organization.
For more information on the Caskey Lecture Series, contact Ann Cameron at 803-777-9201.