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Pittman Lecture Set, June 4

Dr. Marilyn G. Farquhar, a pathology professor at the University of California, San Diego, will give the Margaret Pittman Lecture on June 4 at 3 p.m in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Dr. Marilyn G. Farquhar

She will discuss the control of intracellular membrane traffic and the involvement of G proteins and G alpha interacting protein (GAIP), a human protein recently discovered in her lab. GAIP is a member of the newly described regulators of G-protein signaling family. Farquhar, who is being hosted by NIDDK, is coordinator of UCSD's division of cellular and molecular medicine.

Her lab is also investigating the cellular and molecular basis of autoimmune diseases of the kidney. They have identified and cloned megalin, a protein that serves as a target antigen for a common kidney disease known as membranous nephropathy. Megalin is a member of the LDL receptor gene family, and the lab is studying its functions and trafficking.

Farquhar received her M.A. in 1952 and her Ph.D. in 1955 from the University of California, Berkeley, in experimental pathology. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Society of Nephrology, the Endocrine Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her general research interests are in cell biology, experimental pathology, nephrology and endocrinology. She has published more than 200 papers since 1953.

The lecture was established in 1994 in honor of Dr. Margaret Pittman, the first woman laboratory chief at NIH and a world leader in vaccine research and development; Pittman headed the laboratory of bacterial products in the Division of Biological Standards from 1958 to 1971. She died in August 1995.

The lecture is part of the NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. CME credit will be awarded. For more information, sign language interpretation or reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 4-5595.

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