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Kafatos Gives Fogarty Lecture

Dr. Fotis Kafatos, director-general of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, will deliver the fourth annual Fogarty International Lecture on Wednesday, May 28 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. The lecture was established to foster information exchange within the international biomedical community.

Dr. Fotis Kafatos

Under this lecture series, eminent scientists from abroad are invited to speak on a topic of current interest, and, while on campus, to hold informal discussions with scientists here. This year, the lecture, part of the NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture series, is entitled "The New Genetics in the Study of Organisms Important to Humans: A Progress Report on Interaction between Mosquitoes and Malaria Parasites."

A major force in the field of developmental biology, Kafatos' work has contributed significantly to the understanding of molecular and cellular aspects of development and differentiation during insect metamorphosis, and molecular evolution. In recent years, he has taken on an added challenge -- striving to understand at the molecular level the interaction between Anopheles gambiae, the principal vector for human malaria in Africa, and malaria parasites. His work in this new field has led to an accelerated effort to develop genetically modified mosquitoes as a means of malaria control. Modified vectors could play a critical role in reducing the global health threat posed by malaria.

Kafatos was born in Crete, Greece, where he received his primary and secondary education. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor of arts degree and went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in biology from Harvard, where he was a professor of biology from 1969 to 1994. Always retaining his ties to the Greek scientific community, he was director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Research Center of Crete from 1982 to 1993, adjunct professor of biology at the University of Athens from 1972 to 1982, and remains adjunct professor of biology at the University of Crete. His professional activities include service on the advisory boards and panels of many international scientific organizations. He is the recipient of numerous honors and is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

All who are interested are welcome to attend the lecture and to meet Kafatos at an informal reception that will follow his talk.

Continuing medical education credit will be awarded. For more information, sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.


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