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Guest lecture to focus on research of infectious disease

Michael Katzman, M.D.
10/15/2010 —

Michael Katzman, M.D., professor of medicine (infectious diseases) and microbiology and immunology at Penn State College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will be the featured speaker for the October Faculty Invitational Lecture Series at Penn State Lehigh Valley. Katzman will present "Retroviral Integrase" at 12:30 p.m. on October 26 in room 302 at the campus in Center Valley. This lecture is free and open to the public.


During the lecture, Dr. Katzman will discuss his lab’s research into the mechanism of retroviral integration and the structure and function of integrase enzymes.


“The goal of our research is to understand how the retrovirus genome is inserted into the DNA of an infected cell, a recombination event that is relevant to AIDS, cancer, and gene therapy,” said Katzman. “Our studies may lead to new ways to prevent or treat these diseases.”


Recently, one of Penn State Lehigh Valley’s own professors, Julie Ealy, Ph.D., spent her sabbatical assisting in the research efforts at Katzman’s lab in Hershey.


Dr. Katzman has been a professor of medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since 1989. He is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his residency and fellowship at the University Hospitals of Cleveland and Cleveland V.A. Hospital. Katzman’s postdoctoral residency in biochemistry was completed at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.


For more information, please contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or email aag18@psu.edu.

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