Cuesta College Faculty Lecture Series with Dr. Elizabeth Lobo
"Human Tissue Culture Today: An Introduction to Growing Human Cells"
Friday, March 17, 2017

Human tissue culture challenges the imagination, triggers ethical debate, informs medical research, and offers great promise for our understanding of the human body. An introduction to human tissue culture techniques will be followed with a description of the uses for cultured tissue and a discussion of possible future applications and considerations.

Elizabeth Lobo PhD is a local who grew up in Cambria before heading off to earn her undergraduate Biology degree at the University of San Francisco. In the year after her graduation, she learned to culture cells at the University of California at San Francisco Gastroenterology Department, where she was hired as a "dishwasher." The research was exciting, got published, and convinced Elizabeth that graduate school was where she needed to go next. She next enrolled in the Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope where she earned her PhD in the laboratory of Jack Shively. Her research focused on a specific human immunomodulatory protein in B lymphocytes. She worked a few years in biotechnology before finding her favorite job, teaching in the Biology Division at Cuesta College.