Dr. Jairam Vanamala: Food-based Approach to Targeting Cancer Stem Cells

Dr. Jairam Vanamala is an Associate Professor of Food Science, and faculty member at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute as well as the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease.

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September 26, 2017, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM


The Village at Penn State, 260 Lion's Hill Road, State College, PA

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Food-based Approach to Targeting Cancer Stem Cells

Cancer kills over 550,000 Americans every year. Emerging evidence suggest that cancer is primarily driven by a small population of cancer stem cells. We have recently shown that rationally selected or designed foods can promote self-destruction of cancer stem cells without any negative side effects. One recent success illustrating this approach, in both in vitro and in vivo, is research on anthocyanin-containing purple potatoes.

Vanamala specializes in food-based approach to chronic disease prevention, foodomics and metabolomics, and proteomics. His research interests include food processing effects on anti-inflammatory/anti-cancer properties of foods; obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer prevention; metabolomics and proteomics; and interaction of food, gut bacteria and host in health and disease.

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