About Dr. Cavender

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Dr. Jane Cavender’s full CV (pdf)
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I graduated with a B.A. in Biology from the University of Delaware and an MS and Ph.D. in Genetics from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. I joined the faculty of Elizabethtown College in 1993 and currently teach first year biology Molecules, Cells and Animal Systems; Cell Biology lecture and laboratory and Experimental Design in Cell Biology. I am the internship director and manage the Biotechnology major and the Masters in Molecular Medicine Program with Drexel University College of Medicine. My research interests center around the Simian Virus 40 (SV40) T antigen oncoprotein. My lab has been funded by three NIH:NCI R15 awards, along with several student directed grants from the Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society and the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Currently, my students and I use this SV40 T antigen model system for two broad research endeavors. One group is attempting to pinpoint how this protein blocks mouse preadipocyte stem cell differentiation; while a second group is narrowing down the activities of the protein that are responsible for the morphological changes seen in aggressive tumors. I believe that research and discovery are at the heart of learning and scholarship at Elizabethtown College.

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Kevin Bloh ’13, Elise Newton ’13, Viola Devine ’13 and Chris Nelson ’13 with Dr Cavender