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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Scripps Florida Society of Research Fellows hosts a Distinguished Lecturer Series to enable research scientists to interact with outstanding researchers in the field. The lecture series is a key mission of the society in an effort to promote the professional development of research fellows.

Upcoming Lecture

SRF hosts two seminar speakers every year.



Who decides whom to invite?

All of us! Once the nominations are received from the committee, an email will be sent out to everyone for voting. Top two voted nominees will be contacted first, whoever agrees and is available will be invited to give a talk at Scripps, Florida in June and January.

Please e-mail Francesca Vena if you have any questions for this year DLS speakers.    

Former Invited Speakers


Dr. Jim Wells, PhD, University of California San Francisco - May 2017.

Dr. Hovik Gukasyan, PhD, Pfzer R&D, La Jolla. Pharmaceutical Science and Technology: From Theory to Practice” - October 26, 2016 4:00-5:00 PM, Building B, B159.

Lakshmi A. Devi, PhD - Full Professor in Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine – New York, NY,"G-Protein Coupled Receptors: Novel Therapeutic Targets for Pain, Addiction and Obesity”, Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, 4:00-5:00 PM, Building B, B159.

Eric Jacobsen, PhD - Sheldon Emery Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University – Cambridge, MA, Friday, January 21st, 2014, 3:30-4:30 PM, Building B, Rodney B. Fink Education Pavilion

Eric Nestler, MD, PhD - Nash Family Professor and Chair in Neuroscience, Professor in Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics and the Director of the Friedman Brain Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine – New York, NY, "Transcriptional and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Addiction”, Friday, June 21st, 2013, 4:00-5:00 PM, Building B, Rodney B. Fink Education Pavilion

Prof. M. Costa Mattioli - Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, "Unlocking the Gate of memory: molecular & cellular mechanism", Tuesday, Nov 6th, 2012, 10 am, Rodney B. Fink Auditorium.

Prof. Mark Wightman - Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Monitoring Chemical Neurotransmission in the Brain with Cyclic Voltammetry". Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 11 am to 12 pm, Rodney B. Fink Auditorium.

Dr. Suzanne Pfeffer - Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University, "How the Golgi Works and How cells get enough cholesterol". Monday, Dec 5th, 2011, 11 am - 12 pm, Rodney B. Fink Auditorium.

Dr. Peter B. Dervan - Bren professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology.“Targeting Transcription Factor – DNA Interfaces by Small Molecules”.Monday March 7, 2011, 11 am - 12 pm, Rodney B. Fink Auditorium.

Dr. Bernard Roizman - Joseph Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago, “Targeting herpes simplex virus for therapy of malignant glioma”, 11:00am Friday, February 20, 2009, Building B Auditorium.

Dr. Arnold Levine - Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Natural Sciences, Princeton, "Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the p53 Pathway" 11:00am Wednesday, January 21, 2009, Building B Auditorium.


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