"Cancer Biomarkers: Understanding the Present and Predicting the Future" - Cultured cancer cell captured by colored scanning electron microscope (SEM). © 2013 Science Photo Library Ltd.

Hartwick’s Gamagedara Presents Next Faculty Lecture in Series

April 7, 2014

Hartwick College Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Sanjeewa Gamagedara will present a talk titled "Cancer Biomarkers: Understanding the Present and Predicting the Future" during the seventh lecture of the 2013-14 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Bresee Hall's Eaton Lounge. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Cancer occurs when cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. It can develop rapidly, and early diagnosis typically offers a greater chance of successful treatment and a higher survival rate. The current cancer detection approaches have significant limitations for early diagnosis, the prediction of a tumor's potential progression, and the patient's response to treatment.

Biomarkers are any biological, chemical, or biophysical indicators of an underlying biological process and those are good potential tools for early cancer diagnosis. The main hypothesis of this study is that the levels of certain biomarkers present in cancer patients' urine can indicate the current or future behavior of cancer. This talk will focus on the analytical chemistry perspective of non-invasive early cancer diagnosis using metabolomic biomarkers.

Throughout the lecture series, faculty members discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology and more.

The remaining lecture in the series (subject to change) includes:

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Sara Rinfret: "Engaging Students in Environmental Policymaking"

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Development Acting Chair Dr. Matthew Voorhees at 607-431-4387 or

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Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031