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Vol. LXV, No. 9
April 26, 2013

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Nirenberg Lecture Features Weissman, May 1

Dr. Jonathan Weissman
Dr. Jonathan Weissman

Dr. Jonathan Weissman of the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the third annual Marshall W. Nirenberg lecture as part of the 2012–2013 Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Weissman’s lecture, “Monitoring Protein Synthesis One Codon at a Time Through Ribosome Profiling,” will be held May 1 at 3 p.m., in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Weissman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology and of biochemistry and biophysics at UCSF. His research examines how cells ensure that proteins fold into their correct shape, as well as the role of protein misfolding in disease and normal physiology. He also is developing experimental and analytical approaches for exploring the organizational principles of biological systems.

Weissman received his undergraduate physics degree from Harvard College. After obtaining a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Peter Kim, Weissman pursued postdoctoral fellowship training in Arthur Horwich’s laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine. He was awarded the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

The lecture, established in 2011, recognizes Nirenberg for his work to decipher the genetic code, which resulted in his sharing the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Nirenberg’s career at NIH spanned more than 50 years and his later research focused on neuroscience, with particular emphasis on neural development. The Nirenberg lecture recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to genetics and molecular biology.

For lecture information and reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts, (301) 594-6747

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