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Researcher Uncovers Clues that Cause DNA Damage

Frogs and their tiny eggs are helping a UNC Charlotte researcher unlock the mysteries of genomic instability, with implications for cancer and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

Biological sciences assistant professor Shan Yan researches DNA damage that human cells sustain from thousands of internal and environmental assaults each day. Researchers know that the body’s cells have a complex set of processes that constantly assess the damage and make repairs to fragile genetic material. “The main question we try to answer is how genomic integrity is maintained,” Yan says. “All living organisms have a genome, which must maintain its integrity in response to damaging agents, such as oxidative stress or chemotherapy drugs. The process is not well studied and there are many unanswered questions, which is why we are interested.”

Click here to learn more about this important research.

MAX in Residency in Montclaire Community

UNC Charlotte's Mobile Arts & Community Experience (MAX) is in residency in the Montclaire neighborhood through Saturday, Oct. 22. Montclaire is a neighborhood established more than 50 years ago in the south Charlotte area and hosts a diverse group of individuals, families, schools, businesses and institutions. MAX will reside on the grounds at Montclaire Elementary for four weeks and host in-school and after-school programs for students, and MAX will be the location for open community programming on Saturdays. Click here for a full schedule of October events.

UNC Charlotte students will visit MAX to work on literacy and dance with elementary children during the school day. Other offerings include STEM education in partnership with Discovery Place; "Growth through Gardening"; fitness with Cara Zara Hooping; and bicycle safety for all ages, led by Trips for Kids.

The Montclaire residency is presented in partnership with Discovery Place and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and is funded by the Knight Foundation.