FSC Symposium to Highlight New Research in Alzheimer’s, Breast Cancer Treatment
LAKELAND (Sept. 27, 2011) – Three chemistry experts will present their potentially life-saving research to the public this Friday, September 30, at the second annual Spencer Symposium at Florida Southern College. The symposium is hosted by FSC’s chemistry and physics department and will be held in the Hollis Room on campus from 2 pm to 5 pm.
In honor of the late Dr. Jack Spencer, a Florida Southern College professor of chemistry who is credited with making major advances in the research and development of antibiotics, this annual Symposium draws together the FSC community and interested members of the public to highlight the application of chemistry in health. The event is organized by Dr. Carmen Gauthier, professor of chemistry and chair of the natural sciences and mathematics division at Florida Southern College.
This year, highly notable advances in the research of Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, and methods for effective drug design, will be presented and discussed.
The 2011 program will include the following presentations:
2:00 “Biophysical Characterizations of Alzheimer’s Disease Related Amyloid-ß Oligomers,” Dr. William M. Tay, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL
3:00 “How a mass spectrometer can tell us medicinal chemists NOT to synthesize inactive compounds,” Dr. Roman Manetsch, Chemistry Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
4:00 “Treasures from Under the Antarctic Ice: Natural Products Drug Discovery at the End of the Earth,” Dr. Bill Baker, Chemistry Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
More about the symposium panelists:
Dr. Roman Manesch received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2002 from the University of Basel (Switzerland) developing antibody-catalyzed cylization reactions under the guidance of Wolf-Dietrich Woggon. He then joined the group of K. Barry Sharpless at the Scripps Research Institute working on click chemistry. In 2005, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at the University of South Florida as an assistant professor. His current research focuses mainly on organic chemistry and chemical biology addressing modern aspects of medicinal chemistry, hit-to-lead progression strategies, and development of chemical probes for the study of specific proteins in complex biological matrices.
Dr. Bill Baker earned his BS in chemistry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, and studied under Paul Scheuer at the University of Hawaii where he earned his PhD in marine natural products chemistry. He held postdoctoral appointments with Ron Parry at Rice University and Carl Djerassi at Stanford University, joining the University of South Florida in 2001 where he is currently Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation (CDDI). He has been studying the chemistry of marine invertebrates, algae and microbiota for more than 20 years, including projects that encompass drug discovery, chemical ecology, biosynthesis and synthesis, centered on source organisms collected from environments that are understudied, such as Antarctica, and from highly productive environments such as the Florida Keys.
More about Dr. Jack Spencer: