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Cancer Researcher to Deliver Houser Lecture

Cedar Crest College alumna and oncology scientist Zainab Khalfan Jagani '99, Ph.D., will discuss her research of innovative approaches to fighting cancer when she delivers the Naomi Houser Lecture on Wednesday, February 6, at 4 p.m.

The lecture titled, “Solving the Genetic Mysteries of Cancer: A Path Towards Discovery and Application of Novel Cancer Therapeutics,” is free to the public and will be held in Room 1 of Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness.

Jagani is a research investigator in the oncology disease area at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, Mass. In this position, she leads projects in identifying and validating novel cancer targets, and develops biological systems for drug discovery with the aim of bringing innovative treatments to cancer patients.

Studying infectious diseases that can lead to cancer and developing treatments is nothing new for Jagani, who worked in Cedar Crest College Professor Alan Hale’s infectious disease laboratory while earning her B.S. degree in genetic engineering at Cedar Crest. Later, Jagani attended Harvard Medical School, where she earned her Ph.D. in biological and biomedical sciences, and participated in post-doctoral training at Novartis.

For information on the 2013 Naomi Houser Lecture call 610-606-4609, or send e-mail to alumnae@cedarcrest.edu.