Dr. James L. McDonel
, director of the Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology and instructor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State
, commented that the University provided an excellent setting for these exchanges."One of our great strengths at Penn State
is in the area of protein folding.With all of the meetings in this series, there is always a link between University strengths and the topic of the symposium."
The annual Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology is administered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State
, with the conference being coordinated through Penn State
Continuing Education's Conferences and Institutes.Over nearly two decades, the symposium has used outreach to disseminate new research in a broad range of topics, including DNA-protein interactions, AIDS, neurobiology, nuclear structure, microbial differentiation, plant/bacteria symbiosis, regulation of gene expression and chromatin structure and DNA function.According to McDonel
, next year's topic will be in the area of virology.
Beyond its potential to open new research perspectives, the conference also offers important learning opportunities for students in the field.
"The relatively small size of the conference is especially good for the students who attend from Penn State
and throughout the Mid-Atlantic area.
"The registration fees are nominal," McDonel
added, "and they are intended to be that way in order to make the symposium easily accessible to graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral scholars."
In order to keep participant fees low, the symposium devotes extra energy to securing funding from other sources.
Support for this year's program was provided by Penn State
colleges and campuses and by industry sponsors.University sponsors included the Eberly College of Science, the College of Agricultural Sciences
, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine
, the College of Health and Human Development, the Life Sciences Consortium
and the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Veterinary Sciences, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Hershey, Graduate Studies at Hershey and Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Hershey.Industry sponsorship was provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb
, Johnson & Johnson
, March of Dimes, New England Biolabs and Schering-Plough
...Penn Staters, from left, Dr. Robert Schlegel, professor and head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Dr. Philip Bevilacqua, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Beatrice Sirakaya, instructor for the Hands-on Biotechnology and Bioprocessing Training Program; and Dr. James L. McDonel, director of the Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology, meet during the 19th Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology.