|Dr. Bart P. Braeckman|
The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) of the College of Sciences and Mathematics (CSM) has invited Dr. Bart Braeckman, renowned biochemist and physiologist from the University of Ghent (UG), Belgium, to conduct a five-day crash course to graduate students and a two-day series of lectures from July 10 to 17, 2012.
Braeckman will be joined by some of the country’s leading experts in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of the Philippines and the Philippine Council for Health and Research Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST).
The events will facilitate the CSM’s mutual exchange of scientific ideas, broaden the college’s network abroad, and maintain its status as the Commission on Higher Education’s ‘Center of Excellence’ in Biology.
Braeckman earned his teacher’s degree for secondary education in Biology (magna cum laude) and completed both his masters and doctorate degrees (summa cum laude) at the UG. Recognized internationally for his research on aging physiology in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, he was the first to succeed in increasing the lifespan of C. elegans by six-fold. He has extensively studied the “from calorie restriction to the free radical theory” and “the metabolic rate theory in worms.” Although Dr. Braeckman has visited various countries around the world as resource speaker, this trip is his first to the Philippines.
The crash course on July 10-14 will strengthen the theoretical and practical backgrounds of both graduate students and faculty members for advanced researches in molecular biology and related fields.
Meanwhile, the lectures on ‘Advances in Molecular Research: Understanding Man’s State and the Environment’ will present recent developments of molecular biology in the country and abroad. Budding researchers in Biology may explore ‘key researchable niches’.
The lecture which will be conducted from July 16-17 at MSU-IIT Mini Theatre from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is open to everyone.
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