Deborah Kelly’s talk on the genetics of breast cancer highlighted

Deborah F. Kelly, Ph.D.

Deborah F. Kelly, Ph.D.

Deborah Kelly, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently presented her research at Lander University in South Carolina to students and professionals from the Greenwood Genetic Center and Self Regional Healthcare. The talk was featured in the Index-Journal, a newspaper that serves the wider Greenwood area in South Carolina.

Kelly spoke about her BRCA1 research. Kelly has pioneered the development of nanotechnology that allows her to begin to explore the exact mutations in the BRCA1 gene that can lead to breast cancer.

David Slimmer, dean of Lander University’s College of Science and Mathematics, told the Index-Journal that Kelly’s talk helped foster a sense of collaboration between the Greenwood Genetic Center and the university.

“It opened up our eyes to things that they’re doing and it opened up their eyes to things that we are doing and we could do with them,” Slimmer said. “We are already talking about a couple of joint projects that we’re going to look at.”