The Friends of ORNL will hold its monthly luncheon lecture meeting on Tuesday, July 9.
This month, Cymbeline Culiat will discuss “Translating an ORNL Technology from Lab Bench to the Clinic: The NELL1 Story.” This meeting is open to the public.
Culiat will talk about the development of the NELL1 Protein as a novel therapeutic for repair and regeneration of tissues after severe acute injuries such as traumatic wounds and heart failure. She will discuss the current state of the science and technology of the NELL1 pathway and the business and process of drug development to bring the technology to market via NellOne Therapeutics Inc., a biotech start-up company spun out of ORNL.
Cymbeline “Bem” Culiat studied the genetic and molecular basis of early mammalian development for nearly a decade as a senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Born, raised, and educated in the Philippines, Culiat taught biology from 1981-1994 at the University of the Philippines in Laguna, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in cell biology (cum laude) and an master’s degree in genetics.
In 1994, Culiat received her doctorate in biomedical sciences from ORNL-University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a scholar of ORNL and the Hilton-Smith Fellowship. Culiat completed postdoctoral work in molecular genetics and genomics at ORNL as an awardee of the U.S. Department of Energy’s prestigious Alexander Hollaender Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-1999).
The meeting location in Oak Ridge is the UT Resource Center, the white-colored building at 1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike (State Highway 95) between Taco Bell and Applebee’s at the intersection of the Turnpike and Rutgers Ave (at Traffic Light #7).
Here is the meeting agenda:
- 11 a.m.—socializing and coffee,
- 11:30 a.m.—lunch (catered by the Soup Kitchen, cost $7),
- 11:50 a.m.—business items (if any),
- 12:00 noon—lecture begins,
- 12:45 p.m.—Q&A, and
- 1 p.m.—adjourn