…and “taps” a plant to make drugs.

Monday, March 28th, 6 pm

***Union Station, Northampton***

Engineering plant defenses to fight cancer
 *How do plants protect themselves from attack in nature?
*How can we exploit plants to supply anticancer agents?
*What is plant cell culture and why is it a good means of drug supply?
*Why is chemical engineering interested in the study of plants?

Professor Susan Roberts is the chemical engineering department head at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where her research focuses on understanding the fundamental complexities in specialized metabolism and development of renewable, engineered plant cell culture systems to synthesize valuable clinical and industrial molecules.

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