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TSRI to Host 24th Frontiers in Chemistry Symposium

Four noted scientists, including a Nobel laureate, are the featured speakers at the 24th Annual Frontiers in Chemistry Symposium, to be held at The Auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) on Friday, February 22, 9 AM to 1:30 PM. They are:

  • Professor Roger Tsien of the University of California, San Diego, who is a 2008 Nobel laureate in Chemistry, who will speak on “Building Molecules to Image and Treat Diseases”
  • Professor Tom Muir of Princeton University, who will speak on “Chromatin as an Expansive Canvas for Chemical Biology”
  • Professor Christopher Walsh of Harvard Medical School, who will speak on “Biosynthetic Simplicity on the Far Side of Complexity: The Chemical Logic and Enzymatic Machinery for Fungal Peptidyl Alkaloids”
  • Professor Yoshito Kishi of Harvard University, who will speak on “Natural Product Synthesis”

The event, organized by TSRI Professors Dale Boger and Phil Baran, is sponsored by Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, Genentech, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, Janssen, Lilly, Pfizer and Vertex.

The Auditorium at TSRI is located at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, San Diego, CA 92121. Limited parking will be available in the South Employee Parking Lot (Lot 2), starting at 8 AM. Symposium admittance is free; attendance is limited to 300. Further details are available at the symposium website or by contacting Vicky Armstrong at x4-2400 or

Evgenia Nikolova Named Robert Black Fellow

Evgenia Nikolova, research associate in the Wright lab, has been named a Robert Black Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting innovative early-career researchers. The three-year fellowships are presented to “outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the labs of leading senior investigators throughout the country,” according to the award announcement. 

The foundation cited Nikolova’s research in elucidating the molecular mechanism of gene silencing mediated by the protein Kaiso. Irregular Kaiso function is linked to cancer cell proliferation in several human cancers, including colon, prostate, breast and lung cancers, as well as leukemia.

Since its founding in 1946, The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has funded more than 3,380 young scientists, 11 of whom went on receive the Nobel Prize.

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