Biochemistry Seminars

All seminars are offered in-person and via Zoom and on Friday at 12 PM unless otherwise noted. In-person seminars are located at 103 Bryan Research Auditorium. Zoom Link and meeting ID 969 9809 3496.

FALL 2022

PENG JIN, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Human Genetics 
Emory University
Date: September 9, 2022
Title: Molecular Basis of CGG Repeat Expansion Disorders
Host: Dr. Kate Meyer 

JEREMY WILUSZ, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Baylor College of Medicine
Date: September 30, 2022
Title: Harnessing RNA Endonucleases to Control Gene Outputs
Host: Dr. Kate Meyer

RUMA BANERJEE, PhD, Vincent Massey Collegiate Professor, Biological Chemistry
University of Michigan
Date: October 7, 2022
Title: TBD
Host: Kenichi Yokoyama

SETH RUBIN, PhD, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
UC Santa Cruz
Note Date & Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Seminar Title: TBD
Host: Seok-Yong Lee

SAMIRA MUSAH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Duke University
Date: November 18, 2022
Seminar Title: TBD
Host: Mike Boyce

JENNIFER BRIDWELL-RABB, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
University of Michigan
Date: December 9, 2022
Seminar Title: TBD
Host: Ken Yokoyama

Spring 2023

ANGELA M. GRONENBORN, PhD, Chair and Distinguished Professor, Department of Structural Biology
University of Pittsburgh
Date: February 3, 2023 
Seminar Title: TBD
Host: Dick Brennan
**This seminar will be offered via Zoom only**

Nozaki Memorial Lecture
WILLIAM G. KAELIN, Jr, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard Medical School
Note Date & Time: Thursday, February 23, 2023, at 2:00 PM
Title: TBD
Host: Biochemistry Graduate Students

The Paul L. Modrich, PhD, Distinguished Lecture
RANDY SCHEKMAN, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology
April 7, 2023
Seminar Title: TBD
Host: Dick Brennan

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.

In 1997 his wife, Mrs. Dottie Kamin, initiated the lecture to honor her husband using monies provided by the Henry and Dorothy Lingle Kamin Endowment Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation.

The Hsieh Memorial Lecture
Established in memory of Tao-Hsieh, PhD, who was known as a highly regarded mentor, 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 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 painstaking 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 a 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.