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Student invited to meet Nobel Prize winners

Michael JonesDoctoral student Michael Jones, right, will meet and network with Nobel Prize winners during the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, which will bring together laureates in physiology, medicine, physics and chemistry.

Thousands of young scientists apply to attend the event each year. Jones is one of 672 attendees from 88 countries who will participate in this year’s event, which takes place from June 28 to July 3 in Germany.

“In my research and classes at UNT I have learned to be resilient and ask a lot of questions,” Jones said. “When I’m in Germany, I hope to ask a lot of questions of Nobel Prize winners. I want to learn what got them to where they are and how they became leaders in their fields.”

Jones conducts research in UNT Regents Professor of chemistry Angela Wilson’s lab. Jones combines physics, chemistry, math and computer science to find answers to biological problems, including what triggers cancer.

“I’m taking a bottom-up approach, not necessarily trying to cure cancer but trying to understand the fundamentals of what signals cancer to grow,” he said. “We know what triggers diseases like Ebola or HIV, but we don’t really know what triggers cancer. If scientists can understand how proteins behave at the atomic level, and if we can understand how to stop cancer signals, then effective therapeutics can be designed.”

The Lindau Meeting was established in 1951 and over time has evolved into a unique scientific dialogue platform fostering the exchange of knowledge across generations, cultures and nationalities.

—Leslie Minton, news promotions

Posted on: Fri 15 May 2015

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