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Lectures & Events

Academic Symposia are hosted throughout the year to honor, celebrate, and acknowledge scientific achievements of the University's faculty, as well as national and international leaders spanning various fields of research.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Inaugural Peter H. Sellers Lecture
Dirichlet Mixtures, the Dirichlet Process, and the Topography of Amino Acid Multinomial Space
Stephen F. Altschul, Ph.D., senior investigator, National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, June 06, 2017
The Joshua Lederberg–John von Neumann Symposium: Towards Quantitative Biology
10:30 am: Correlated Mutations and Homologous Recombination in Bacterial Populations, Edo Kussell, Ph.D., associate professor, department of biology, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
11:45 am: Immune Recognition, Spandrel and Antagonism, Paul François, Ph.D., associate professor, department of physics, McGill University, Canada
2:00 pm: Neural Mechanisms of Visual Object Recognition, Tatyana O. Sharpee, Ph.D., associate professor and Helen McLoraine Developmental Chair, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
3:00 pm: Confidence, Deliberation, and Democracy, Mariano Sigman, Ph.D., associate professor, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina; visiting professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
4:30 pm: Possible and Impossible Cells, Mukund Thattai, Ph.D., associate professor, Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, National Centre for Biological Sciences, India

Friday, September 08, 2017
Anderson Center for Cancer Research Symposium
2:00 pm: Presentation of the Poster Awards, Richard P. Lifton, M.D., Ph.D., president, professor and head, Laboratory of Human Genetics and Genomics, The Rockefeller University
2:15 pm: Growth Regulation by the mTOR Pathway, David Sabattini, M.D., Ph.D., member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research; professor of biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; senior associate member, Broad Institute; member, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research; investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
3:00 pm: Deep Imaging of the Genome, Tom Mistell, Ph.D., NIH Distinguished Investigator, and director of the Center, Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, NIH
4:00 pm: BRCA2 Suppresses Replication Stress Manifested in Subsequent Cell Cycle Stages, Maria Jasin, Ph.D., senior faculty member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
4:45 pm: Signatures of Mutational Processes, Sir Michael Stratton, Ph.D., director, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Andrew Fielding Huxley: Channels, Effectors and Imaging
A Symposium in Honor of the Centenary of Andrew Fielding Huxley
Mary E. Hatten, Ph.D., The Rockefeller University, Welcoming Remarks
9:45 am: Clay Armstrong, M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Sodium and Potassium Permeability and the Impulse in the Footsteps of Hodgkin and Huxley
10:20 am: Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., Vollum Institute of Oregon Health & Science University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ionotropic Glutamate Receptors: Principles of Architecture and Mechanism
11:15 am: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Ph.D., Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Uncovering the Organelle Interactome: Dynamic Imaging of Organelles at High Spatial-Temporal Resolution
11:50 am: Xiaowei Zhuang, Ph.D., Harvard University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Illuminating Neurobiology at the Nanoscale and Systems Scale Using Single-Molecule and Super-Resolution Imaging
1:30 pm: Fritjof Helmchen, Ph.D., University of Zurich, Mesoscale Brain Dynamics During Tactile Discrimination Behavior
2:05 pm: Krishna Shenoy, Ph.D., Stanford University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Brain-Machine Interfaces: From Basic Science and Engineering to Clinical Trials
2:40 pm: Karel Svoboda, Ph.D., Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, The Neural Circuits Underlying Motor Planning
3:35 pm: Wade Regehr, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity
4:10 pm: Clara Franzini-Armstrong, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, AFH: Structure Function Correlations in Excitation Contraction Coupling and their Sequel
4:45 pm: Malcolm Irving, Ph.D., King¿s College London, Muscle Contraction: Sliding Filaments, Cross-Bridges and Regulation
5:20 pm: Thomas Jessell, Ph.D., Columbia University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Closing Remarks