Dr. Maria Santisteban is Selected for Genomics Course at NIH
(July 2011) (Brave Bulletin Article, Courtesy of Scott Bigelow)
Dr. Santisteban was a participant in the 2011 Short Course in Genomics held at the National Institutes of Health campus from July 24-29, 2011. She, along with 31 other faculty, was selected from a field of over 100 applicants to one of the premiere learning experiences in genomics.
The course focuses on the continuing effort to find the genetic basis of various diseases and disorders, and current topics on the ethical, legal and social implications of genomics. The six-day intensive course is designed to update biology instructors, as well as other instructors and researchers in related disciplines, on genomic science. The course is specially intended for instructors who train students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in
health related sciences, and instructors from institutions that predominantly train students with disabilities and students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including certain rural and inner-city environments.
Photo above: Dr. Santisteban (far right) and colleagues work on computerized model system for human disease.
Over the weeklong course, Dr. Santisteban heard lectures from leading geneticists such as Harold Varmus, co-recipient (along with J. Michael Bishop) of the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes, and current director of the National Cancer Institute; William Gahl, the clinical director of the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, which is jointly organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the NIH Office of Rare Diseases and the NIH Clinical Center; and Dr. Eric Green, current director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Photo above is of Dr. Santisteban's group presentation (left to right): Craig Longtine, Cynthia Wagner, Elizabeth Rutledge, Diego Loayza, Maria Santisteban, Arleen Lopez, Paul Narguizian, and Quinn Vega. Jeff Witherly of the NHGRI is pictured on the far right.
Dr. Santisteban also visited working sequencing labs and bioinformatics learning centers where she was introduced to protocols and instruments like those used in the sequencing of the human genome, a project started in 1997 and completed in 2003. She is enthusiastic about incorporating some of this first hand information into her lectures, and helping students participate in the exciting era of genomics. She specially wants her students to become aware of the opportunities to join in the remarkable journey “from deciphering the bases that make the alphabet of the DNA in our chromosomes to, one day, find personalized cures for many diseases based on genomic information.”
Photo above: Dr. Santisteban and NHGRI colleagues enjoy dining experiences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Updated: Thursday, September 1, 2011
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