Self-Defense Mechanisms of the Cell

The Public Science Lectures December 14, 2010 Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge MA

Sushil Alimchandani, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Department of Biology, Boston University

The biological cell deploys an amazing self-repair kit against threats from all quarters: hereditary problems, environmental toxins, dietary inadequacies, diseases, and just everyday survival stress. As scientific understanding of these defense mechanisms progresses, there will be a revolutionary impact on both biology and medicine.

Dr. Sushil Alimchandani's research interests include the computer modeling of processes involved in DNA repair, and the mechanism by which carcinogens cause mutations. An experimental biologist by training, he has investigated the differences between normal and malignant cells, and also the causes of age-related blindness.