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MIT biology professor to speak at UNT-PDA Research Symposium

UNT Postdoctoral Association invites MIT biology professor Jing-Ke Weng for its first research symposium

MIT biology professor Jing-Ke Weng

MIT biology professor Jing-Ke Weng studies metabolic evolution in plants and explores the remarkable plant chemodiversity for new commodity chemicals and medicines.

The UNT Postdoctoral Association will hold its first research symposium Wednesday, Oct. 31. The program’s major symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Willis Library Forum, Room 140. This event will showcase the depth, breadth and variety of research conducted by post-docs at UNT and will include presentations by William Chan from the Department of Mathematics, Srinivas Mantri from the Department of Materials Science, Xiaolan Rao and Eddy Price from the Department of Biological Sciences, Danica Slavish from the Department of Psychology, and Tate Barrett from the Department of Geography. The keynote speaker MIT biology professor King-Ke Weng will begin at 11:30 a.m., and a poster session will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Weng’s talk, titled “Metabolic evolution in plants,” will include remarks on the origin and evolution of plant metabolism, as well as how plants exploit discrete small molecules to interact with their surrounding environments. Weng also will address how his laboratory looks for opportunities to use natural plant products with specific medicinal properties as chemical probes to query human disorders like metabolic syndromes and protein-misfolding diseases.

Read more about Weng’s Research on his lab website: http://wenglab.wi.mit.edu/

The event is open to postdoctoral, doctoral and graduate students interested in scientific research.

The symposium is sponsored by UNT’s Office of Research and Innovation, UNT-Postdoctoral Association and the Toulouse Graduate School. For more information, please contact Ashley Cannon at ashley.cannon@unt.edu or 940-613-7127.