Montana State University

Jan. 27 lecture to focus on fighting disease with dendrimers

January 14, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about using synthetic macromolecules, called dendrimers, to fight disease will be given Thursday, Jan. 27, at Montana State University.

Mary Cloninger, associate professor in MSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, will speak on "Using Dendrimers to Mediate Multivalent Intercellular Recognition Events" at 4 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. A reception will follow in the Leigh Lounge.

Cloninger's research focuses on the use of dendrimers, which are highly branched synthetic macromolecules, to study and mediate protein-carbohydrate interactions that are factors in cancer tumor formation and metastasis. Cloninger will discuss the formation of carbohydrate functionalized dendrimers, and studies involving these compounds and cancer cells. She will also discuss her work to develop antimicrobial dendrimers.

Cloninger's lecture is presented by the Kopriva Science Seminar Series, which is funded through an endowment created by Phil Kopriva, a 1957 microbiology graduate from MSU. Kopriva, who died in 2002, also created an endowment to fund the Kopriva Graduate Fellowship Program, which provides support and opportunities for graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, particularly in the biomedical sciences. The series features six seminars annually, with talks provided by MSU graduate students, faculty members and guest speakers.

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