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LAS Fall 2018 Dean’s Lecture

Author: Stacey Maifeld

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Fall 2018 Dean’s Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. Robbyn Anand, assistant professor of chemistry, will present “Divide and Conquer: Stopping Cancer One Cell at a Time.” This event is free and open to the public.

Robbyn Anand, shown in her research lab inside Hach Hall, is working to develop a better, smaller, more mobile dialysis process. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

Personalized medicine may be the key to curing cancer, and Iowa State Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robbyn Anand is helping pave the way. Advanced technologies can now discriminate minute differences between cancer cells in a patient, allowing physicians to determine the best therapy or combined therapies to eradicate all the various types of cancer cells present. Unfortunately, the high cost of the required instrumentation remains a barrier to this personalized treatment. Robbyn Anand will share the story of how her lab is making single-cell analysis more broadly accessible and changing our understanding of cancer evolution and relapse.

LAS Dean’s Lecture Series
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series highlights faculty excellence in learning, discovery, and engagement. The dean invites LAS faculty of international preeminence to present lectures from their own areas of expertise on topics of interest to the general public, designed to stimulate high-quality, intellectual discussion among faculty, staff, students, and community members.