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Gene Expression in Human Disease Topic of Mary Murphy Lecture

By Clarke News  |  March 3, 2015

Lori Wallrath, Ph.D., a nationally recognized researcher on gene expression in human disease, will present the Clarke University Mary Murphy Endowed Lecture in Biology on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Wallrath, a professor and vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, will present at 7:30 p.m. in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke campus. Wallrath directs an internationally recognized research program on the epigenetic control of gene expression in human disease. Her current investigations are focused on the dysregulation of gene expression in muscular dystrophy and breast cancer metastasis. Her research has been supported by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Heart Association.  Wallrath’s long track record in the field of gene regulation started with her Ph.D. training in genetics at Michigan State University, followed by postdoctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis. As a professor at the University of Iowa, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in biochemistry and molecular biology, winning the prestigious 2010-11 Collegiate Teaching Award. In addition, she has organized many scientific conferences, including several in the Midwest, with a goal of uniting regional scientists for collaborative interdisciplinary projects. For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318. Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs, a robust adult degree program and six graduate degree programs.  Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.