Cancer chemotherapy offers patients the promise of healing but often at the cost of severe side effects, so researchers are seeking better ways of delivering drugs.
One of those is Katarzyna Slowinska, an associate professor of biochemistry at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), who is investigating how collagen, a naturally occurring bodily substance, can be manipulated into carrying and releasing cancer drugs directly at or even inside tumor cells. She received a four-year, $433,500 grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences to pursue using short strands of amino acids called peptides to serve as drug nanocarriers.
As part of CSULB’s Homecoming Week events, Slowinska will discuss her discoveries at the next College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Fellows Colloquium Thursday, Nov. 8, in the campus Chart Room restaurant. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the presentation, “And You Thought Collagen was Just for Smoothing Wrinkles,” at 7 p.m.
The event is hosted by CNSM Dean Laura Kingsford and the CNSM Fellows, the college’s premier support group to advance CSULB science education.
Slowinska earned her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UC Berkeley and worked as a research chemist at GE Global Research Center prior to joining the faculty at CSULB in 2004. She is a three-time recipient of the university’s Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Award.
The event is open free to the public. Guest parking permits are available for $5 at CSULB parking lots 4 or 1. Space is limited and reservations are required by visiting www.beach-chemistry.com or calling 562/985-7446.