Biochemistry Seminars

Biochemistry Seminars


Fall 2017

Biochemistry Seminars are held on Fridays in Room 147, Nanaline Duke Building at 12:OO noon. And our Memorial and Distinguished Lectures* are held at 103 Bryan Research Building at the indicated times, followed by an afternoon social hour. There will be coffee available 15 minutes before each event.

September 8 
Kenichi Yokoyama, Duke University Medical Center   
Radically Novel Mechanisms in Cofactor and Antibiotic Related Pathways
Hosted by the Biochemistry Department

September 22 
James Wang, Harvard University   
Footnotes and Conjectures in Topoisomerase Studies: In Memory of Dr. Tao-Shih Hsieh
*Hsieh Memorial Lecture – 103 Bryan Research Building at 12:00 noon
Hosted by Professor Paul Modrich

September 29
Anthony Vecchiarelli, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor    
The ParA/MinD Family of ATPases Surf Biological Surfaces to Position DNA, Cell Division, and Organelles
Hosted by Professors Maria Schumacher and Paul Erickson

October 6 
Shee-Mei Lok, National University of Singapore   
The Structures of Dengue and Zika Viruses 
Hosted by Professor Richard Brennan 

October 13            
Eduardo Perozo, University of Chicago   
On Symmetry and the Gating Mechanism of a Ligand-Gated Ion Channel
Hosted by Professor Hunghe Yang

October 27     
Eva Nogales, University of California, Berkeley   
Mechanistic Insights From the Cryo-EM Structures of Protein Complexes in Regulation of Gene Expression
Hosted by Professor Vann Bennett

November 10 
Charles Richardson, Harvard Medical School   
The Replisome of Phage T7: A Remarkable Molecular Machine
*Modrich Distinguished Lecture – 103 Bryan Research Building at 12:00 noon
Hosted by Professor Richard Brennan

December 1
Anna Marie Pyle, Yale University    Hosted by Professor Amanda Hargrove
Visualizing the Architectural Features of lincRNA Molecules and Connecting Structure to Function
Hosted by Professor Richard Brennan

December 4
Eric Gouaux, Oregon Health & Science University    
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*Nozaki Memorial Lecture – 103 Bryan Research Building at 1:00 pm
Hosted by the Biochemistry Students

About our Named Lectures

 The Henry Kamin Memorial Lecture
Henry Kamin’s scientific prowess was recognized by two five year appointments to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Membership on the National Science Foundation Panel on Metabolic Biology, and the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences. The Henry Kamin Memorial Lecture honors his 42 year career at Duke University, his steadfast integrity, and his many contributions to nutritional biochemistry.

The Hseih Memorial Lecture
Established in memory of Tao-Hseih, PhD, who was known as a highly regarded mentor and teacher and researcher with accolades including an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award. This lecture is made possible by a generous gift from his lifelong friends, Yan-Tsong Chen, MD, PhD and Mrs. Alice Chen through the Chenzyme Foundation.The Philip Handler Lecture
​This lecture is in remembrance of Philip Handler, who has been described as a legendary instructor, with a talent for taking the most difficult medical school subjects and turning them into unique learning experiences.

The Modrich Distinguished Lecture
This lecture honors the myriad contributions Paul Modrich has made to the field of nucleic acid biochemistry during his illustrious career at Duke University. A number of generous gifts from former graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and friends of Paul, as well as members of the Department of Biochemistry have made this lecture series possible.  

The Nozaki Memorial Lecture
Yas Nozaki spent four decades at Duke doing pain staking work in pure compounds and precise measurements as the basis of solid progress in scientific knowledge. He had a love of learning and science and was great friend and approachable colleague. His daughter Yoko Nazaki Ax and her husband Emanual Ax (the noted concert pianist) have made this lecture possible through their generous donation.

The Philip Handler Lecture
This lecture is in remembrance of Philip Handler, who has been described as a legendary instructor, with a talent for taking the most difficult medical school subjects and turning them into unique learning experiences.