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Biology professor to deliver 2020 Henderson Lecture

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Dr. Karen Resendes

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (WC)-- Dr. Karen Resendes, Westminster College associate professor of biology, will present the 2020-2021 Henderson Lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Will W. Orr Auditorium on Westminster’s campus.

Resendes’ lecture, “Basic Cell Biology Research as the Groundwork for Cancer Therapy,” will focus on the many different cellular mechanisms that contribute to cancer development and how basic research in molecular function is a critical step in understanding cancer and developing treatments.

Resendes, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2009, earned an undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry from Brown University. She performed post-doctoral research at the University of California, San Diego.

The Henderson Lecture was founded by the late Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the academic community.  Dr. Henderson was a professor of education emeritus at Westminster, having served as chair of the Department of Education and as director of the Graduate Program.

Each year, Westminster faculty members may nominate themselves or others to receive the lectureship, which includes a stipend to support a specific research project. A faculty committee chooses the winner.

The event is free and open to the public, although there will be a 25-person limit due to Pennsylvania’s guidelines on indoor gatherings. Anyone interested in attending the in-person lecture must submit a reservation request to Gabriella Budai at no later than Friday, Oct. 2, to reserve an assigned seat. All others will be able to watch the lecture live on and afterward for on demand viewing at

To learn more about Westminster's biology program, click here.


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