June 28, 2019

Dr. Jena keynote speaker for World Congress of Molecular and Cell Biology

Bhanu Jena, Ph.D., the George E. Palade University Professor and Distinguished Professor of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, will be one of three keynote speakers for the ninth annual World Congress of Molecular and Cell Biology, to be held Oct. 25-27 in Singapore.

Dr. Jena will join Richard Fish, president and chief executive officer of Alter NRG Corp., which provides renewable energy services, and Altaf Wani, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Radiology for The Ohio State University, an expert on newer paradigms in molecular oncology, as the keynote speakers for the congress, the theme of which is Exploring the Essence of Life for a Better Future.

Dr. Jena, professor of Physiology, of Physics and Astronomy, and of Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences, is a pioneer in modern cell biology who has made seminal and landmark scientific contributions. He is known for his discovery of a new cellular structure called the porosome, the universal secretory machinery in cells, and the elucidation of its structure, chemistry, function and reconstitution into live cells. The porosome, discovered by Dr. Jena nearly 22 years ago when he was a professor at Yale University School of Medicine, is included in the Boron and Boulpaep Medical Physiology textbook used at the School of Medicine.

Cell secretion is a fundamental life process involved in a wide range of physiological processes, such as neurotransmission and the release of hormones and digestive enzymes. Defects in cell secretion result in numerous debilitating diseases, including growth defects, diabetes, neurological, immune and digestive disorders to name a few.

In recent years, Dr. Jena's laboratory has developed Differential Expansion Microscopy, and new and novel approaches to understand the energetics of single biological molecules as they interact with other molecules, including ions, capable of revealing the structure-function of proteins at the single molecular level and its use in detection of pathogens, disease and therapy.