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NMSU biomedical research seminar series kicks off Friday

New Mexico State University is continuing its biomedical research seminar series with five new talks during the fall semester beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in Pete V. Domenici Hall, Room 109.

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Patrick Sung, professor of molecular biophysics & biochemistry at Yale University is kicking off NMSU?s biomedical research series with his lecture ?Role of the BRCA2-DSS1 Complex in DNA Double-strand Break Repair.?

NMSU?s College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost began the series last spring to bring attention to types of research in the biomedical field at the university. NMSU brings in more than $10 million a year in National Institutes of Health funding.

?In an attempt to better serve the cross-campus, multi-discipline, biomedical research community, NMSU is hosting this seminar series focused broadly on biomedical research, which features speakers of national renown and also provides an opportunity to our own faculty to present their research,? said Shelley Lusetti, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at NMSU.

NMSU?s biomedical research involves faculty from the colleges of Health and Social Services, Agricultural, consumer and Environmental Sciences, and Engineering,in addition to the College of Arts and Sciences.

?Biomedical research is of interest to numerous departments in several colleges at NMSU,? said Lusetti. ?Many of NMSU's federally funded programs such as INBRE, RISE, MARC, BRIDGES and HHMI are principally dedicated to enhancing biomedical research by students and faculty on this campus.?

Patrick Sung, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University School of Medicine, will give the first talk of the fall biomedical series. His lecture is titled ?Role of the BRCA2-DSS1 complex in DNA double-strand break repair.? BRCA2 is a breast cancer susceptibility protein and mutations in the BRCA2 gene increase the risk of breast cancer. The talk will explain the role of BRCA2 protein in DNA repair and update current research to understand how BRCA2 protein regulates Rad51-dependent recombinational DNA repair pathways.

Along with inviting researchers of national renown, from institutions such as Yale and UCLA, the seminar series will also provide an opportunity, once a semester, for an NMSU faculty member to present their own biomedical research.

The NMSU Biomedical Research Seminar Series will continue at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays on Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2 in Pete V. Domenici Hall, Room 109. To view the series calendar, visit events.research.nmsu.edu.

This initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Arts and Sciences, the departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Biology and the following NIH-funded programs: NM-INBRE, RISE, MARC and HHMI, all primarily focused on growing biomedical research at NMSU.