Suter Science Seminar - Julia Halterman, PhD; Atherosclerotic Plaque Build-up in Our Arteries
When Friday November 9, 2012 @ 4:00 PM (840 days ago)
Where Science Center, 106
Duration 1 hour
Atherosclerotic Plaque Build-up in Our Arteries: Uncovering the Novel Role of a Transcription Factor in this Complex Disease by Julia Halterman, PhD
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America, and its incidence is rapidly rising. The build-up of plaque in the arteries of the body (i.e. atherosclerosis) is especially harmful in that it can lead to heart attack or stroke. While decades of research have helped us to gain a better understanding about how humans develop atherosclerosis, many of the molecular mechanisms that regulate this complex disease remain unknown. This seminar will discuss a recently-identified transcription factor called NFAT5 and its novel role in regulating the cells of the artery that contribute to plaque development.
Dr. Julia Halterman is an Assistant Professor of Biomedicine at Eastern Mennonite University. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Texas A&M University and her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Virginia. While completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia, Dr. Halterman also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Apart from teaching and research, Dr. Halterman enjoys all things outdoors, especially hiking, biking, skiing, and tennis.
Intended Audience General Public
Name Science Center
Phone # 540.432.4400