York faculty member featured at faculty colloqium Feb. 10

Jessica Petko, assistant professor of biology at Penn State York, is the featured speaker at a faculty colloquium set for Wednesday, Feb. 10.  The program, at 12:10 p.m. in 113 John J. Romano Administration Building, is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, “Linking Drug Addiction and Embryonic Development to Common Cellular Pathways,” Petko will describe the evolution of a project that links a well-known developmental pathway to cellular responses elicited by opioid drugs, such as morphine and heroine, in the adult brain. This discovery led to extensive studies in addiction-like behavior in animals and, most recently, endeavors in finding new players in the pathway.

Petko joined the faculty at Penn State York in the fall of 2015 and teaches a variety of courses. She earned a doctorate from the College of Medicine in 2008, with a concentration in genetics, and has a bachelor of science in biology and a minor in psychology from California University of Pennsylvania. At the College of Medicine, Petko developed her research on the molecular changes that occur in cells during opioid addiction and she is continuing her research at York, and with collaborators at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
 

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Last Updated February 05, 2016