September 10, 2012

CDT Seminar Series – September 10th, 2012

The next CDT Seminar will be held Monday, September 10th, at the Petit Science Center in PSC124. Please join us to hear Dr. Xiaoqi Liu from Purdue University. His talk is entitled “Polo-Like Kinase 1 (Plk1): From Cell Biology to Cancer Biology”

Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. at Washington State University in 1999 by working on DNA repair. As a graduate student, he examined mutual effects of UV-induced DNA photoproduct formation in 5S rDNA and transcription factor IIIA binding, analyzed the effect of TFIIIA binding on nucleotide excision repair, and determined the modulation of DNA damage and repair by nucleosome folding. His post-doc training was at Harvard University working on signal transduction in mitosis, particular Plk1. Dr. Liu started his independent laboratory at Purdue in 2006 by focusing on understanding the regulation of Plk1 during cell cycle progression. After 2006, he made the following contributions to the scientific community: 1). Validation of Plk1 as a target for cancer therapy. 2) Identification of Chk1 and MK2 as two upstream regulators of Plk1. 3) Identification of Plk1 substrates in various cellular processes. He has established a reputation as one of the major contributors to the Plk1 field over the last decade.

You will also have the opportunity to hear Fellow Graduate, Hanjing Peng, give a talk entitled “Chemically Modified Nucleic Acids for Expanded Applications”.

There will be a Meet and Greet at 12:45pm with coffee and cookies.

I look forward to seeing you there,

Jenny J. Yang, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics


September 10, 2012