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The Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series Presents -- Dr. Robert Bender: A NAC for regulating metabolism: the amazing versatility of the Nitrogen Assimilation Control (NAC) protein

Date and Time:

Friday, September 21, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location:

  • Padnos Hall of Science Room 308

Description:

By using a combination of genetic, biochemical, and physiological approaches, Dr. Benders group has studied the response of genes to nitrogen starvation.  In particular they have characterized the role of a remarkably versatile regulator known as the Nitrogen Assimilation Control (NAC) protein.

Dr. Bender will discuss how a simple question led to understanding a complex system, how a single regulator can be so versatile in its mechanism of action, and the surprising number of physiological functions NAC is able to regulate.  In short, NAC is able to capture almost any biochemical pathway and put it under the control of the nitrogen-starvation signal.


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