March Chapter Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dr. Paul Lawrence, Director of Bioscience Research and Product Development, Biocogent, LLC
Dr. Lawrence received his doctorate in molecular microbiology from Stony Brook University and before that obtained his bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from the University of New Mexico. During his career, he has conducted biological research in academia, industry, and for the United States government.
He has conducted vaccine and anti-viral therapeutic research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center. In industry, he has participated in contract biopharmaceutical research and development for the former Collaborative Bioalliance and Dow Chemical. Dr. Lawrence was also the Director of DNA Production for the anti-counterfeiting biotechnology company, Applied DNA Sciences. Currently, he is the Director of Bioscience Research and Product Development for Biocogent. Over the course of his career, Dr. Lawrence has published more than 15 research manuscripts and review articles as well as a textbook chapter.
Topic: “Ancient Viruses and How They Influence Humanity”
Viruses represent one of four different varieties of pathogens that are culprits of disease on this planet. They are uniquely adapted to parasitize the protein synthesis machinery of an infected cell. However, viruses are more than just disease-causing agents to be tackled by modern medicine, they have also been influencing the trajectory of humanity in more ways than just one. This discussion will focus on two distinct groups of “ancient viruses” that have had profound impacts on us as a species and the environment within which we live. The first part will describe endogenous retroviruses that have been modifying our genome and altering our evolution going back to our very distant ancestors. The second half will involve the re-emergence of giant DNA viruses that were frozen in permafrost in a dormant state until global temperature increases started to thaw the ice. The true impact of the resurrection of these incredibly large viruses is a hot topic of debate in the scientific community. And finally, I will conclude with how we have now harnessed viruses such as these for our own benefit in food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.
DATE: Thursday March 29th, 2018
WHERE: Colonial Springs Golf Cours, 1 Long Island Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA
Cocktails: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Chair Remarks/Dinner: 6:30PM
Closing Remarks: 8:00PM
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