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Howard University scholar to speak on Human Genome Project

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Dr. Georgia Dunston, director of the Molecular Genetics Research Unit at Howard University, will speak at Moravian College on Thursday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Lecture Hall, Collier Hall of Science. Dunston will present “The Human Genome Project: Implication for Eliminating Disease in the 21st Century.” Her talk will focus on the impact of an individual’s beliefs on structural, ethical, and legal issues and ideals; implications of Genomic medicine in nursing; and the overall new era of Genomic medicine.

The Molecular Genetics Research Unit at Howard University is a participant in the institution’s “Human Genome Research Project” which focuses on human population genetics, anthropological genetics, immunogenetics, and the genetics of complex diseases. The ultimate goals surround elucidating questions of human variation, the evolutionary history of genes within populations and how those gene histories are involved in the etiology of complex diseases. While the laboratory’s research goals have shared consequences for all humanity, specific interests focus on populations of African ancestry.

Dunston is the founding director of the National Human Genome Center (NHGC) and the Human Immunogenetics Laboratory, both at Howard University. As founding director of NHGC, Dunston has been instrumental in using multicultural perspectives and resources to understand the knowledge gained from the Human Genome Project and research on human genome variation.

Dunston has served on the National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Genetic Basis of Disease Review Committee for the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences Review Committee of Human Genome Diversity Project. She received her B.S in biology from Norfolk State University, her M.S. in biology at Tuskegee, and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dunston conducted her post-doctoral work at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.

This event is sponsored by the Moravian College Department of Biology, TriBeta Honor Society, Office of Institutional Diversity, with the Arts and Lectures Committee. For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Diversity at 610-625-7847.