Gannon University Presents Prominent Breast Cancer Researcher at Sigma Xi Lecture Tonight

Posted: November 3, 2014

The Northwest Pennsylvania chapter of Sigma Xi will host Robert Clarke, Ph.D., dean of research at Georgetown University Medical Center, for a lecture titled, "New Approaches In Breast Cancer Research - Systems Biology." The lecture will be given on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in room 104 of Gannon University's Zurn Science Center, 143 W. Seventh St.

An internationally recognized leader in breast cancer research, Clarke studies how hormones, growth factors and other related molecules affect breast cancer, and how breast cancer becomes resistant to hormonal and cytotoxic chemotherapies. He has expertise in the fields of estrogens, anti-estrogens, aromatase inhibitors, cell signaling, drug resistance, bioinformatics and signal transduction. He is a professor in Georgetown University's department of oncology and co-director of the breast cancer program.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, is the international honor society of science and engineering. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Northwest Pennsylvania chapter was cited as a Chapter of Excellence in 2013 and includes members at Allegheny College, Edinboro University, The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Mercyhurst University and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, in addition to Gannon University.

The lecture is free, open to the public and suitable for a non-technical audience. For more information call 814-898-6334.