Dr. Stewart Thompson from New Mexico Tech talk sparks interest in light, sleep and cancer among students and Faculty at San Juan College

     One of New Mexico INBRE main objectives is to increase faculty professional development along with investigator collaboration throughout the state.  Dr. Stewart Thompson, a current NM-INBRE investigator from New Mexico Tech had the opportunity to visit and present his talk “Switching on those lights after dark is toxic to your health: Why blind women get breast cancer less often” at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico.  Dr. Thompson’s talk sparked a great interest in his research among students and faculty, helping them learn about the role melatonin plays with light, sleep and cancer.  

     Dr. Thompson not only had the opportunity to talked about his research, he discussed his career path with the purpose of encouraging students to continue education; in addition to showing them all the possible routes in their academic future.  He also mentioned to students the benefits and importance of applying to summer research internships like our own NISE Program

     Furthermore, Dr. Thompson’s visit became the first step towards a possible collaboration with Dr. Eric Miller, our New Mexico INBRE’s liaison and professor at San Juan College.  According to Dr. Miller, he’s planning on having a student or two take on some melatonin modifications this summer that will help Dr. Thompson’s research. Consequently, as this project moves forward, Dr. Thompson foresees a formal collaborative grant that could fund students and inter-campus visits which would benefit students at Tech and SJCC.

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