Drs. Peter and Marlene MacLeish Endowed Lectureship

Keynote Speaker

 Martin Chalfie

Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., co-recipient of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and
University Professor, Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University

Scientific Lecture

Determining Neuronal Fate in C. elegans

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 

Description: Neuronal differentiation is not simply the turning on of a developmental switch. The production of specific neurons in C. elegans, for example, requires one set of transcription factors (selectors) that specify, maintain, and restrict cell fate and another set of transcription factors (guarantors) that reduce stochastic variability and ensure differentiation.


Community Presentation and Discussion

Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP): Lighting Up Life

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presentation and Discussion:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Description: GFP and other fluorescent proteins revolutionized the biological sciences by allowing scientists to look at the inner workings of living cells. How these proteins became biological tools exemplifies how scientific progress is often made: through accidental findings, the willingness to ignore previous assumptions, and the combined efforts of many people.

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Hosted by the Neuroscience Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine

Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) Auditorium
720 Westview Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

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For more information, please contact Charlene Smith at clsmith@msm.edu or 404-752-1842.