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Science Seminars

All seminars begin at 3:30 pm in the Collins Building, room 278
Pre-seminar refreshments will be provided in the lobby at 3:15 p.m. (Please remember no food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium)


Wednesday, November 19

Improving Art Conservation and Clinical Diagnosis Using Novel Molecular Imaging

Warren S. Warren, PhD
James B. Duke Professor of Chemistry, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering and Physics
Director, Center for Molecular and Biomolecular Imaging

Dr. Warren’s research interests are in molecular imaging and molecular spectroscopy, primarily focusing on magnetic resonance and optics. Molecular imaging, the use of chemical signatures to image a function, promises to revolutionize both diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer. In magnetic resonance, new “hyperpolarization” technologies can turn almost any chemical into an MRI "light bulb" to highlight abnormalities. Dr.Warren’s lab has found ways to make the MRI signal last much longer, and in optics, developed laser technologies that target specific molecules (hemoglobin in blood, melanins in skin cancer), and shown that these methods improve diagnosis. The Warren lab has also used the same methods to do nondestructive imaging of Renaissance paintings by looking directly at the structure of the paint layers, and thus learn about technique, retouching, and possible degradation mechanisms, to infer the artist’s original colors and intent.


Past Science Seminar Topics

The Struggle to Contain Ebola – from Outbreak to Epidemic

Fish Tales: Rise and Fall of the Lionfish and River Herring

Social environmental effects on primate gene regulation and evolution

Thymus Transplantation for Complete DiGeorge Anomaly

The Future of Energy

Cannibalistic Tadpoles: Altered developmental programs underlying their novel gut morphology

An Introduction to Biotech Product Development: The Story of Bioengineered Veins

Electrochemistry in the Driver's Seat

The Science and Technology of Concussion Prevention

Molecular Insights into Southeast Asian Amphibian and Reptile Diversity and Conservation

Are Designer Babies on the Way?

Taking Advantag of Disaster: The Microbial Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Bioengeneering the the Common Silkworm to Produce Biomimetic Spider Silk

Bioreactors for Air Pollution Control: How Bacteria Can Treat Industrial Pollution


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