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UCLA’s Johnson To Deliver NIH Director’s Lecture, Sept. 28

A smiling Dr. Tracy Johnson in grey blazer, with trees behind her

Dr. Tracy Johnson of UCLA will give an NIH Director’s Lecture on Sept. 28.

Dr. Tracy Johnson of University of California, Los Angeles, will deliver an NIH Director’s Lecture, part of the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series, on Sept. 28 from 2 to 3 p.m. ET in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. 

The talk, “The Secret Life of Introns,” will also be shown live at Up to 50 people may attend in person. If you are interested, contact

Johnson is the Keith and Cecilia Terasaki presidential endowed chair in the life sciences professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology at UCLA and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) professor. Her research program focuses on understanding the mechanisms of gene regulation and how regulation of RNA splicing and other RNA-processing reactions allows the cell to respond to its environment.

She also has developed the UCLA–HHMI Pathways to Success program, a comprehensive strategy to provide students with an authentic research experience early in their academic careers while creating a rigorous but supportive learning community. 

The NIH Director’s Lectures feature leading researchers from around the globe, nominated by NIH scientists and specifically approved by the NIH director. There are typically three NIH Director’s Lectures per year.

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