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Voegeli Seminar Series: "The History of Viruses and Cancer"

Release Date:
2/27/2014 9:00 AM
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Michael J Rossi, Features Michael J. Rossi

Michael J. Rossi,  professor of biology and environmental science, will present a talk on Thursday, March 13, titled “The History of Viruses and Cancer.” The talk will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Hall 205.

The role of viruses in cancer takes several forms. One of the greatest concerns is that viruses may be the cause of cancers or at least contribute to their prevalence. This is the case with HPV and cervical cancer for example. But viruses and viral proteins have also assisted in the basic research that has contributed to our knowledge of how cancer cells lose proper regulation. This presentation will explore both aspects of viruses in cancer.

Dr. Rossi’s current research is examining the process of metastasis in breast cancer. His lab is comparing various forms of breast cancer, each with unique genetic characteristics, to see how they behave and to determine if there is a difference in chemo-sensitivity. In the past, he has also worked on ovarian cancer, ovulation and endometriosis.

The lecture is part of a seminar series being presented by the Department of Biology and Environmental Science in honor of professor Henry Voegeli’s many years of excellence in teaching and service to UNH.

Refreshments will be served in Dodds Hall 320 following the talk.

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