Peter Sykora, PhD

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Dr. Peter Sykora has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Georgetown University Biotechnology Program for three years.  He is heavily involved in cutting-edge biotechnology and is the Chief Scientific Officer of Amelia Technologies, a company based out of Washington, D.C.  This company was founded by the late Jack G. Chirikjian, who also founded the Georgetown University Biotechnology Program. 

Dr. Sykora teaches DNA Damage, Repair and Human Therapy (BCHB 531,) which is offered during fall semester on Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  This course not only involves understanding important DNA mechanisms, but also relates them to genome engineering and common diseases including aging and cancer.  The course also highlights the importance of emerging ethical issues regarding advanced biomedical therapies.  Other topics covered in this class include sources of DNA damage and the consequences that these damages cause in humans (such as metabolic dysfunction and neurodegeneration.)  Not only does this course exceptionally blend science, biomedical innovation and ethical themes, but it also engages students by involving current affairs related to research focused on advanced therapies.