Dordt College News

Genetics and kidney research topic of Vanden Heuvel lecture

March 26, 2004

Dr. Gregory Vanden Heuvel will speak at Dordt College on Wednesday, March 31, 4 p.m on the topic "The Genetics of Disease: Using Animal Models in Research to Identify the Molecular Mechanisms." His presentation will be made in lecture hall S101 of the science building.

Dr. Vanden Heuvel is assistant professor in the department of anatomy and cell biology at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He attended Dordt College and graduated from Calvin College, obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Alabama in 1994, and did post doctoral research at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Vanden Heuvelís research concerns the molecular basis of cellular differentiation, using the developing kidney as a model. In his talk he will present recent findings from his lab on the development of polycystic kidney disease, which is the most common disease having a genetic basis, affecting one in five hundred people.

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