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Teen Science Café – Demystifying DNA: Exciting New Research with the Molecule of Life

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


University of Missouri – St. Louis Millenium Student Center, 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121

This event is full! We are accepting wait-list registrations only.

FREE and OPEN to Junior Academy of Science members and middle and high school students. Space is limited. PRE-REGISTRATION open to Junior Academy of Science members and Youth Leadership Team members through Friday, November 6. Registration opens to all additional middle and high school students on Saturday, November 7.

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Photo credit: UMSL Daily

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & activities

We all know that living things contain genes made of DNA. But how does the information in DNA result in such different organisms as elephants and E. coli? How do identical DNA sequences result in such different cells as neurons and red blood cells? In this Teen Science Café we investigate these matters and the exciting new uses for DNA in research and medicine. And we engage in some DNA experiments of our own!

Featured Speaker:

Joseph W. Meisel is a PhD student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis working in the laboratory of 2013 Academy Outstanding St. Louis Scientist James B. Eads Award recipient and Fellow, Dr. George W. Gokel. Joe designs molecules that interact with DNA to help transport it across cell membranes.  His work has potentially broad-reaching applications in biochemical research, medicine, and materials science.

His first scientific endeavors involved looking underneath rocks in his childhood backyard for snakes and bugs. An interest in nature soon developed into a love for science. Joe was active in medical and scientific organizations and was a lacrosse goalkeeper in high school and college. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Human Biology from Indiana University with a minor in Leadership, Ethics, and Social Action; and attended medical school at Saint Louis University for a year before pursuing a PhD in organic chemistry. Joe is passionate about science literacy and molecular interactions at the chemistry-biology interface.

Demystifying DNA is a special Teen Science Café Year of the Genome partnership presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

Visit the National Institutes of Health NHGRI and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibit, Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code on-line.





Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
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University of Missouri – St. Louis Millenium Student Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121 United States
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