Spencer Symposium On Chemistry And Medicine To Be Held At FSC

Jan 22, 2018

by Staff

The eighth annual Spencer Symposium at Florida Southern College, highlighting research advances in chemistry and medicine, will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, in the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel on the FSC campus. The series of four lectures, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., are free and open to the public.

This year’s symposium will include the following lecturers and their topics:

  • Dr. Kristin Karbstein, an associate professor in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, will discuss her lab’s research on how ribosomes are assembled within cells, and how this assembly is both regulated and quality controlled.

  • Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University, will lecture on research using trapped ion mobility spectrometry coupled with mass spectrometry to analyze complex chemical mixtures and biological structures.

  • Dr. Jennifer Irick, a 2011 graduate of FSC and a resident physician at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., will speak on how biochemistry and molecular biology serve as the foundation of clinical medicine and deeply influence diagnosis, treatment, and management of both acute and chronic diseases.

“The Spencer Symposium provides our students with an opportunity to learn about recent advances in chemistry and medicine,” said Dr. Carmen Gauthier, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics. “We are excited to have the opportunity to bring a diverse group of scientists to share their passion for research and medicine.”

For more information about the symposium, call 680-4316 or email cgauthier@flsouthern.edu.
About the Dr. John L. Spencer Symposium…
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 healthcare. The event is organized by Dr. Carmen Gauthier, Jessie Ball duPont Professor of Chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics at Florida Southern College.

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