Faculty of Pharmacy of Universitas Hasanuddin Holds Guest Lecture by Researcher from Harvard Discussing Drosophila

The Faculty of Pharmacy Unhas invited a guest lecturer, Dr Stephanie Mohr, from Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard Medical School. The guest lecture discussed “Utilization of Genetic Modification Technology” called CRISPR-Cas9, especially in the animal model fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). The activity started at 19.00 WITA (08.00 USA Time) and was conducted online through the Zoom meeting application on Wednesday (17/11).

The lecture was officially opened by the Vice Dean for Student Affairs, Alumni and Partnerships, apt. Yulia Yusrini Djabir, MBM.Sc., M.Sc., PhD., representing the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy Unhas. On the same occasion, she expressed her best gratitude to Dr Mohr.

“On behalf of the dean, we would like to express our gratitude to Dr Mohr, and we hope that students can attend closely to the material delivered because this such great opportunity only happens once in a blue moon.” said apt. Yulia.

Apt. Firzan Nainu, S.Si., M.Biomed.Sc., PhD, as a moderator, then proceeded the activity by introducing Dr Mohr as one out of some researchers whose research scope on the genetic profile of animal models of fruit flies and has published numbers of researches on it.

In his material presentation, Dr Stephanie Mohr introduced genetics and explanations about the Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly). He also explained why fruit flies are vividly suitable for testing animals and have a genetic profile resembling humans.

Dr Stephanie Mohr further explained the DNA recombination technique using CRISPR-Cas9 as a protein that can insert double-stranded DNA from one chromosome to another. Thus, a genetic trait can be easily inherited in fruit fly organisms.

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Dr Mohr also discussed how CRISPR-Cas9 and Drosophila melanogaster could be utilized to study the DNA responsible for disease in humans.

By understanding the DNA, the main factors that influence the development of a disease can be more detailed to find any solutions to stop or change these influencing factors to handle the disease associated with DNA appropriately.

At the end session, the lecture attended by around 430 participants from the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral study programs and lecturers of the Faculty of Pharmacy Unhas was then proceeded by a discussion and question and answer session.

Marningish Sadik, S.S. and Kumara Tungga Dewa, S.S.

Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR

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