Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater

Date: Mar. 19, 2013 Time: 7-9pm Located at: Mission Theater & Pub, 1624 NW Glisan, Portland
Who is this for: 21+ (or minor with adult) Cost: $5 suggested cover charge

Science Pub Portland - Mission Theater

Through the Eyes of a Zebrafish: Cell Behaviors and Clues to Cancer
with Kara Cerveny, PhD, assistant professor in the biology department at Reed College

After more than 40 years of declaring "war on cancer", researchers around the world are still trying to understand how tumors form and grow. New insights into how cells become cancerous are coming from an unusual place: studies of zebrafish eyes.

There are some commonalities in tumor growth across species. The longer a tissue continues to grow, the more likely its cells will acquire cancer-like properties. The eyes of a zebrafish grow continuously, and to prevent cancer, zebrafish employ exquisite growth-control mechanisms. Recent evidence from studies of growing zebrafish eyes suggests that the environment surrounding a cell may be just as important as its genetic make-up. Join us for a visually-arresting presentation on zebrafish eye development, followed by a thought-provoking discussion about how basic insights from studies of eye growth shed light on the early stages of cancer.

Kara Cerveny, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Biology Department at Reed College. She uses the eyes of zebrafish to uncover new clues about how the environment around a cell can influence its ability to proliferate, a behavior with implications for cancer. Dr. Cerveny’s images of zebrafish eyes have been featured in the Wellcome Collection Image Awards and in the MIT Koch Image Gallery.




Science Pub-Mission Theater is a monthly event open to anyone aged 21+ (or minor with adult). No RSVP or scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks, and knowledge! 
$5.00 suggested cover charge. Tell your friends. We hope to see you there!
Questions? E-mail sciencepub@omsi.edu.