University of Bridgeport’s Department of Biology Pre-Med Club presents environmental and genetic toxicology expert Dr. John Pierce Wise on cancer-causing pollutants and their threat to human health, our oceans, and the food chain, on Monday, September 30.

Wise’s lecture, “Mechanisms of Chromium Carcinogenesis: Insights from Human and Whale Cells,” will be held from 12:20 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. in room 116 of Charles Dana Hall, 169 University Avenue, Bridgeport.

It is free to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Wise is head of the Wise Laboratory of Environmental and Genetic Toxicology at the University of Southern Maine. The lab advanced the understanding of how cells respond to metal-induced DNA damage, how metals interfere with mitosis, and how these events lead to chromosome instability and carcinogenesis.

The lab has enjoyed funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among other agencies.

Dr. Wise is also is Director of the Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health.

“This should be a fascinating lecture to anyone concerned about today’s most urgent environmental challenges,” said UB Biology Department Chairman Spiros P. Katsifis. “Dr. Wise’s toxicological reviews and risk assessments have been instrumental in creating health programs for workers exposed to chemicals. He’s an exceptional teacher to students at many levels, and his pioneering research has shed new insights into DNA damage and repair studies in humans and marine mammalian cells.”
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