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SoF Distinguished Lecturer Series

Since its inception in 1962, the Society of Fellows has hosted a Distinguished Lecturer Series to enable junior scientists to interact with outstanding researchers in the field. The lecture series remains a key mission of the SoF today.

2017 Seminar:

Muthiah Manoharan, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President, Innovation Chemistry
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

 2017 DLS Seminar Poster

Past Lecturers:

Lewis E. Kay, Ph.D.Professor of Molecular Genetics, Chemistry, and Biochemistry, University of Toronto. "The Role of Protein Dynamics in Protein Function and Misfunction." September 21, 2016, 4:00pm, Timken Amphitheater.

James J. Collins, Ph.D., Professor of Bioengineering, MIT. "Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology." Wednesday October 21st 2015, 3:30pm, Timken Amphitheater.

Dr. Jack Szostak, Professor of Genetics and Chemistry, Harvard University. "The Origin of Cellular Life." Thursday September 18th, 3:30pm, Timken Amphitheater. Watch Dr Szostak's lecture on YouTube.

Dr. Richmond Sarpong, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley. "Strategies and Tactics Inspired by Complex Alkaloids". Thursday September 19th, 2pm, Keck Amphitheatre, Beckman building.

Dr. Bruce Beutler, 2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, of the Director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
"Genetic Analysis of Immunity in Mice". Wednesday Nov 7th, 2012, at 4pm in The Auditorium at TSRI.

Dr. Martin Chalfie, 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Chair of Biological Sciences, Columbia University, "Neuronal Differentiation and Mechanosensory Transduction in C. elegans".
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Scripps NSI Auditorium

Dr. Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, University Professor and Director, Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. Aquaporin Water Channels: From Atomic Structure to Malaria. Monday, March 16th 2009
4:00 to 5:00pm Valerie Timken Auditorium, Green Hospital.

Joseph Goldstein, M.D., Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1985. How Cells Sense Cholesterol. Friday, February 29, 2008, 11:00am-12:00pm, Neurosciences Auditorium.

Randy Schekman, Ph.D., UC Berkeley. Mechanism of Transport Vesicle Budding from the ER. Friday, November 9, 2007, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Neurosciences Auditorium.

Andrew Fire, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Genetics, Stanford. 2006 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine. Genome architecture and germline genetic activity in a 'simple' eukaryote. Thursday, August 9, 2007, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Neurosciences Auditorium.

Sydney Brenner, D.Phil, Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Crick-Jacobs Center, Distinguished Research Professor of the Salk Institute, and 2002 Nobel Laureate. Simple Thoughts About Complex Genomes. Thursday, January 25, 2007, 4:00pm-5:30pm, Timken Amphitheater, Green Hospital.

Claire Fraser-Liggett, Ph.D., President and Director, Investigator, The Institute for Genomic Research. Microbial Genomics: Insights Into Pathogen Biology and Evolution. May 22, 2006, 5:15-6:15pm, Timken Amphitheater, Green Hospital.

Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D., Emeritus Professor of the University of Pennsylvania and Executive Advisor to Sanofi Pasteur. The Past, Present and Future of Vaccinology. Monday, January 30, 2006, 4-5pm, Timken Amphitheater.

Sir Paul Nurse, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate and President of Rockefeller University. Genomic Approaches to Understanding the Cell Cycle. January 9, 2006, 4-5pm, Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Green Hospital.

Charles M Deber, Ph.D., FRSC, Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Professor, University of Toronto. Folding and misfolding of proteins in membranes. Wednesday, June 22, 2005, Committee Lecture Hall, Molecular Biology Building.

Paul Reider, Ph.D., Vice President of Chemistry Research, Amgen. 4pm, May 16, 2005, Keck Ampitheatre, Beckman.

Ernst Th. Rietschel, Ph.D., Director, Department of Immunochemistry and Biochemical Microbiology, Research Center Borstel. 4pm, April 4, 2005, Timken Auditorium, Green Hospital.

Jon Cohen, Writer, Author of Shots in the Dark: The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine, Science Magazine. The World According to AIDS: Postcards from the edge of attempting to treat and prevent the spread of HIV. 4:00 pm, Thursday, August 5, 2004. Timken Amphitheater, Green Hospital.

Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley. Chemistry in Living Organisms. 4:00 pm, Friday, May 28, 2004. Timken Amphitheater, Green Hospital.

Tom Muir, Ph.D., Head of the Laboratory of Synthetic Protein Chemistry, Rockefeller University. The Chemical Biology of Protein Splicing. 4:00pm, Monday, May 17, 2004. Timken Amphitheater, Green Hospital.

Sir Aaron Klug, Ph.D., Group leader MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK. 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 2003.

Stephen Kent, Ph.D., Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute for Biophysical Dynamics. University of Chicago. 2003.

Alfred Wittinghofer, Prof. Dr., Director, Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Germany. GTP-binding proteins: News and Views on a Conserved Switching Module. August 21, 2002, 4 pm, Green Hospital Building, Timken Auditorium.

Leslie Orgel, Ph.D., The Salk Institute, La Jolla, CA. Before the RNA world. May 17, 2002, 4 pm, Green Hospital Building, Timken Auditorium.

Kary Mullis, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1993, La Jolla, CA. Science: The Realm of the Senses. March 1, 2002. 4 pm, Green Hospital Building, Timken Auditorium.

Paul Greengard, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2000, Professor, Rockefeller University, New York, NY. The neurobiology of slow synaptic transmission. November 9, 2001, 4 pm, The Valerie Timken Theatre.

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., President and Chief Science Officer, Celera Genomics, Rockville, MD. Sequencing the Human Genome. October 30, 2001, 6.00 pm, Valerie Timken Auditorium.

James Watson, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate 1962, President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY. DNA Thoughts. March 23, 2001, 4.00pm, Valerie Timken Amphitheater.

Ray Freeman, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Quantum Computing. November 10, 2000.

Salvador Moncada, Ph.D., Professor, The Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College London. Nitric oxide: discovery, physiology and pathophysiology. April 19, 2000.

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., Professor of Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle. Genetic Analysis of Breast and Ovarian Cancer. December 15, 1999.

Rita Colwell, Ph.D., Director, National Science Foundation. Expanding Frontiers of Knowledge. October 29, 1999. Lecture sponsored in conjunction with the San Diego Science and Technology Council.

Robert Gallo, M.D., Director, Institute of Human Virology and Division of Basic Science, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute. HIV pathogenesis and some biological means for its control. July 28, 1999.

Ian Clark-Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Chemokine receptor interactions: A case of the tail wagging the dog. May 5, 1999.

Leroy Hood, M.D./Ph.D., Chairman and Gates Professor of Molecular Biotechnology and Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle. Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology. March 15, 1999.

Judah Folkman, M.D., Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital, Boston, and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology, Harvard Medical School. New Directions in Angiogenesis Research. January 29, 1999.

Bjarne Osterud, Ph.D., Chairman and Professor of Biochemistry, University of Tromso, Norway. December 2, 1998.

David Baltimore, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1975 and President and Professor of Developmental Biology and Genetics, California Institute of Technology. October 9, 1998.

William Schrader, Ph.D., VP of Endocrine Research, Ligand Pharmaceuticals, La Jolla. September 23, 1998.

Lee Smolin, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Penn State University. June 18, 1998.

Francisco Ayala, Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine. June 2, 1998.

William Rastetter, Ph.D., CEO of IDEC Pharmaceuticals, La Jolla. May 5, 1998.

Steven Fesik, Ph.D., Abbott Laboratories. April 22, 1998.

Barbara Imperiali, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology. March 10, 1998.

Kendall Houk, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles. February 10, 1998.

Peter A. Kollman, Ph.D., Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF. December 12, 1997.

Jeffrey Kirsch, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science Center. July 28, 1997.

Jacqueline Barton, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology. June 5, 1997, 4:00 p.m, Valerie Timken Amphitheater.

C.J. Peters, M.D., Special Pathogens Branch, Center for Disease Control. Emerging Viruses: What has emerged and what we can expect to emerge. May 22, 1997, 4:00pm, Valerie Timken Amphitheater.

Kevin Lafferty, Ph.D., Director, Professor of Medical Research, John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University. February 26, 1997.

Carl Djerassi, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University. November 13, 1996.

James Wells, Ph.D., Genentech. November 4, 1996.

William DeGrado, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania. September 30, 1996.

Polly Matzinger, Ph.D., Director of Immunology, National Institutes of Health. May 14, 1996.

Marc Abrahams, Editor, Annals of Improbable Research. April 26, 1996.

Tom Cech, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1989, Professor of Chemistry, University of Colorado at Boulder. April 23, 1996.

Neal Lane, Ph.D., Director of the National Science Foundation. March 13, 1996.

Jon Clardy, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Cornell University. January 12, 1996.