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September 12, 2017

Bioscience Symposium and Don Summers Memorial Lecture
7:00 pm, Marriott University Park Hotel
Thomas R. Cech, PhD
Distinguished Professor
University of Colorado Boulder
Director, BioFrontiers Institute
HHMI Investigator
Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989
“Telomerase and Cancer”
Host: Brenda Bass, Biochemistry

October 10, 2017

Steven R. Cummings, MD
San Francisco Coordinating Center
“Arbitrary Diagnoses: The Cases of Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia”
Host: Willard Dere, Internal Medicine

October 24, 2017

Nels Elde, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Human Genetics
University of Utah, School of Medicine
“Evolutionary Innovations from Biological Collisions”
Host: Brenda Bass, Biochemistry

November 14, 2017

Terrie Taylor, DO
University Distinguished Professor
Department of Osteopathic Medical Specialties
Michigan State University
“Understanding the Pathogenesis of Pediatric Cerebral Malaria: More Pieces of the Puzzle”
Host: Tracey Lamb, Pathology

November 28, 2017

Abraham Palmer, PhD
Professor & Vice Chair
Basic Research
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
“Using the Quantitative Genetics Toolbox to Identify New Ways to Treat Mental Illness”
Host: Clement Chow, Human Genetics

December 12, 2017

Jane W. Newburger, MD, MPH
Commonwealth Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Associate Chief for Academic Affairs
Boston Children’s Hospital
“Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Congenital Heart Disease”
Host: Martin Tristani-Firouzi, Pediatrics


January 9, 2018

Jef D. Boeke, PhD
Institute for Systems Genomics
Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
New York University
Langone Medical Center
“Genome Writing”
Host: Dana Carroll, Biochemistry

January 23, 2018

Andres Villu Maricq, MD, PhD
Department of Biology
Founding Director
Center for Cell and Genome Science
University of Utah, College of Science
“The Workings of Synapses: Molecular Insights into Information Processing by the Brain”
Host: Erik Jorgensen, Biology

February 13, 2018

Andrew Clark, PhD
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor
Population Genetics
Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Cornell University
“Genomic Prediction of Complex Disease Risk”
Host: Nels Elde, Human Genetics

March 13, 2018

Pat D’Amore, PhD, MBA, FARVO
Director of Research
Ankeny Scholar of Retinal Molecular Biology
Senior Scientist
Schepens Eye Research Institute
“A Role for Endomucin, a Novel Endothelial-Specific Mucin, in the Regulation of Inflammation and Angiogenesis”
Host: M.E. Hartnett, Ophthalmology

March 21, 2018

Benning Public Lecture
6:00 pm, Rice Eccles Stadium

Jennifer Doudna, PhD
HHMI Investigator
Executive Director, Innovative Genomics Institute
Li Ka Shing Chancellor's Chair
Biomedical and Health Sciences
Professor, Molecular & Cell Biology and Chemistry
UC Berkeley
“Rewriting the Language of Life: The Biology, Technology, and Ethics of DNA Editing”
Host: Brenda L. Bass, Biochemistry

March 27, 2018

Daria Hazuda, PhD
Vice President
Infectious Disease and Vaccine Research
CSO Merck Cambridge
Merck Research Labs
“HIV Drug Discovery: Past, Present and Future”
Host: Wesley Sundquist, Biochemistry

April 10, 2018

Randy Hampton, PhD
Division of Biological Sciences
University of California, San Diego
“Metabolic Regulation by Protein Quality Control: Misfolding, Mallostery and Missed Genes”
Host: Julie Kadrmas, Oncological Sciences

May 8, 2018

Lynne Maquat, PhD
Distinguished Professor
Biochemistry and Biophysics
Director of the Center for RNA Biology
“Tudor-SN-Mediated Endonucleolytic Decay of Human Cell MicroRNAs Promotes G1/S Phase Transition”
Host: Demián Cazalla, Biochemistry

May 22, 2018

Keith Burridge, PhD
Kenan Distinguished Professor
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
University of North Carolina
“Mechanotransduction: From Cell Adhesion to the Nucleus via Rho GTPases”
Host: Mary Beckerle, Huntsman Cancer Institute