A Study Abroad Program sponsored by NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
By Hanna Gracz
It was really exciting to be in Poland this year and direct four weeks of summer study abroad program from May 12 until June 10th, 2012. The atmosphere was very festive throughout the program, which was the beginning of the EURO Cup.
Study abroad in Poland
The program is designed for students interested in biotechnology, and students study at a University with modern biotechnology facilities. Students can earn eight credit hours by taking three courses: Dr Mark Fountain “Agriculture in the History of Poland and Central Europe”; Dr. Paul Mozdziak “Animal Cell Culture Techniques” and My course “Biotechnology and Society.” The courses are open to students from NC State, Life Science University and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, giving them a chance to interact and learn from each other. It builds scientific and cultural bridges.
Clay Clark – @biochemprof
There are a number of processes that lead to the death of a cell: apoptosis, necrosis, and autophagy are the primary mechanisms – each has a distinct biochemical and morphological fingerprint. In a new paper by Brent Stockwell’s lab at Columbia University (1), the term “ferroptosis” is proposed to describe a process of cell death that doesn’t conform to these fingerprints. In this case, cell death results from an iron-dependent accumulation of lipid reactive oxygen species (ROS).
The group previously identified two structurally-unrelated small molecules, erastin (2) and RSL3 (3), that are selectively lethal to RAS mutant cell lines and named these molecules RAS-selective lethal (RSL) compounds. The underlying driving force for these experiments is that RAS family small GTPases are mutated in a large percentage of cancers (~30%), so compounds that are selectively lethal to RAS mutant cells are needed.