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Connexin Mutants and Cataracts: Clues to Gap Junction Functions

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Eric Beyer, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology, and Oncology
University of Chicago

Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar: Connexin Mutants and Cataracts - Clues to Gap Junction Functions

Date: Oct. 21, 2022

Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

About this Seminar

Dr. Beyer and his laboratory have conducted a wide variety of studies of the connexin proteins that form gap junctions connecting adjacent cells in many tissues. In addition to facilitating electrical coupling between excitable cells, gap junction mediated intercellular communication is also important in non-excitable cells. Connexin mutants are linked to a variety of diseases. Dr. Beyer will present studies elucidating how connexin mutants and disruption of intercellular communication lead to disease in the eye lens.

Additional Details

This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and co-sponsored by the institute's Center for Vascular and Heart Research. The Pioneers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series, which runs annually from September to May, has featured leading biomedical researchers from throughout the country since the program began in 2012. The lectures are also open to all members of the Virginia Tech community including graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.

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