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POSTPONED – Inaugural Professorial Lecture - Professor Julia Horsfield

This event has been postponed. Details of the rescheduled event will be posted once confirmed.

The circle of life: connecting cell division with cell fate

About Professor Horsfield's research

Julia’s current research originates from her fascination with how cells ‘decide’ what they are going to be in a growing, developing embryo. At the University of Otago, Julia started working on Cohesin, a protein that connects cell division with cell fate decisions. Cohesin controls chromosome segregation during cell division, and it also organises the DNA of non-dividing cells to select genes for expression. Using zebrafish, Julia’s group determined how mutation of Cohesin contributes to human developmental disorders, the "Cohesinopathies".

Her group also studies how genes first come to be switched on in the embryo by Cohesin-mediated chromatin structure. She was the first to show that mutations in Cohesin may be linked with leukaemia; a finding later confirmed by cancer genome sequencing projects. Her recent work focuses on the mechanism of Cohesin’s contribution to leukaemia, including the sensitivity of Cohesin-mutant cancers to specific drugs.

This lecture will be followed with light refreshments, tea, coffee & juice.

Streaming information for Professor Julia Horsfield's IPL


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Date Tuesday, 24 August 2021
Time 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Lecture
Public Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPathology (Dunedin)
LocationArchway 1 Lecture Theatre, Union St East, Dunedin
CostFree
Contact NameBailey McLean
Contact Phone+64 3 479 4875
Contact Emailevents@otago.ac.nz

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