Carol Bult is deputy director of The Jackson Laboratory's Cancer Center and scientific director of its Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) and Cancer Avatar program, and colleagues will speak at the Jesup library July 24. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP

Cancer genomics is talk topic

BAR HARBOR — Members of The Jackson Laboratory’s Maine Cancer Genomics Initiative (MCGI) will speak about the science behind genomic medicine and how it can shape treatments for cancer with at the Jesup Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. The program is part of the 2018 Primary Source Speaker Series: “You: A Novel Gene Story,” a collaborative program with the Laboratory and the Jesup.

Three researchers from MCGI will talk about what the initiative is and how people can participate. Cancer patients enrolled will be tested for 358 gene variations in their genome. The results from these tests are run though the lab’s Clinical Knowledgebase and results are returned to the physician in a report that aims to personalize cancer treatment on the basis of a patient’s unique genome. MCGI is a collaborative program of The Jackson Laboratory and the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care at MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. The speakers for the July 24 event are Carol Bult, Ph.D., professor and Knowlton Family Chair, Jens Reuter, MD, medical director of MCGI, and Andrey Antov, Ph.D., MBA, program director of MCGI.

Bult is deputy director of the Laboratory’s Cancer Center and scientific director of its Patient Derived Xenograft (PDX) and Cancer Avatar program. She is the principal investigator of Mouse Genome Informatics, the international database resource for the laboratory mouse, providing integrated genetic, genomic and biological data to facilitate the study of human health and disease.

Reuter joined the Laboratory in 2016 as the medical director of MCGI. Reuter came to the lab from Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care in Brewer, where he was the medical director for EMMC’s Translational Oncology Program and the EMMC Biobank.

Antov is the program director for the MCGI. His health-care professional experience includes basic research, medical device contracting and pharmaceuticals; he has held a number of different roles from administration to consulting.

The next talk in the “You: A Novel Gene Story” series is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m. with Vivek Kumar and Elissa Chesler from The Jackson Laboratory. They will be speaking about the genomics of addiction.

For more information on any of the talks in the series, visit or contact the library at 288-4245 or [email protected]

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