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Dr. Gary Ruvkun will present the Florence Mahoney Memorial Lecture on Aging on "Genetic and RNAi Analysis of C. elegans Aging" at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.
Ruvkun, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, uses molecular genetic and genomic analysis of the nematode C. elegans to study problems in aging, longevity and developmental biology. He began his work with C. elegans as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Robert Horvitz at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dr. Walter Gilbert at Harvard University, where he explored genes that control the temporal dimension of development. Thiswork led to the discovery of microRNA genes in C. elegans and the subsequent detection of microRNA genes in other species.
Ruvkun earned his A.B. degree in biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley (1973) and his Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University (1982). He has 90 publications to his credit, and has been issued two U.S. patents with three more pending. He serves on the editorial board of the journals Developmental Biology and Development. He also serves on the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund scientific advisory board and is a member of the Max Planck Institute directors advisory committee.
He is a recipient of an NIA MERIT award for his pioneering work on the genetic and molecular basis of C. elegans longevity and aging.
A reception will follow the presentation, which is part of the NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.
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