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Next TU Science Café to discuss lung health in premature babies

Thomas University’s Science Café will feature “Babies, Bubbles and Breathing” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the Flowers Foods Executive Classroom inside Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Main Campus.

The presentation will focus on the research of Dr. Suzanne Farver Lukjan. She is working on advances in lung research to help premature babies who often face serious health risks because of reduced lung function. During the presentation, Dr. Lukjan will use a balloon and bubbles to help audience members visualize what her research entails.

Dr. Lukjan received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Florida in 2011. She joined the faculty at Troy University in 2013. Her research interests include membrane protein structure, lipid dynamics, and applying biophysical techniques, such as NMR, to study complex lipid membrane systems. She currently teaches general chemistry and biochemistry.

The Science Café is a forum for face-to-face conversations with scientists about current science topics. It is presented by the Thomas University Division of Education and is open to learners of all ages. Guests are welcome to come at 6 p.m. for a reception with Dr. Lukjan in the Smith-Bonvillian Hall lobby. For more information, contact April D. Penton at

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