Dr. Cecilia I. Zurita-Lopez grew up in Southern California and completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), graduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UCLA, and postdoctoral fellowships at Caltech and USC. Dr. Zurita-Lopez’ research at Cal State LA, focuses on investigating the role of protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMTs), with an emphasis on crosstalk between methylation and phosphorylation. PRMTs are enzymes that methylate the arginine residues of proteins and this modification is implicated in many diseases including cancer. Her research on the identification and characterization of protein arginine methyltransferases has led to over 12 publications in scholarly journals. When she is not learning through research, she strives to model excellence to her students by embracing diversity and collaborating with others. Since her arrival at Cal State LA in 2014, she has taught hundreds of students at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and mentored many students in her lab. In addition to teaching and being faculty advisor for the Chemistry & Biochemistry Club, she currently mentors six Master’s and three undergraduate students. For her efforts, Dr. Zurita-Lopez was recently named one of 2017 Emerging Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Investigating the Interaction between Arginine 8 Methylation and Serine 10 Phosphorylation in Histone H3
Friday, November 3
8:00 am – 9:00 am