Boston, Massachusetts, USA – August 30, 2010 – Professors Carolyn Lee-Parsons (Chemical Engineering Dept), left, and Erin Cram (Biology Dept), right, hold samples of Hairy roots and seedlings of the Madagascar periwinkle. Cram and Lee-Parsons received a $550K grant from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled, “Transcriptional Control of Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus Cultures.” The Madagascar periwinkle (C. roseus) produces several highly-valued anti-cancer drugs but the slow growth rate of the plant and the low product concentration are significant barriers to efficient drug production. The high cost and need for these pharmaceuticals motivate their research to better understand how cells regulate production and to ultimately overproduce these pharmaceuticals using C. roseus cultures and a novel strategy based on gene silencing. PHOTO: Mary Knox Merrill

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    Dr. Carolyn W. T. Lee-Parsons
    Department of Chemical Eng.
    313 Snell Engineering Center
    Northeastern University
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

    Phone: (617) 373-3634
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