Biochemistry Seminars

Biochemistry Seminars


Fall 2018

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 13 
Tracy L. Johnson PhD, UCLA,  Howard Hughes Medical Institute                                                        
“Pre-mRNA splicing, chromatin modification, and the coordinated control of gene expression”
Hosted by Dr. Michael Boyce

Diversity and Inclusion Seminar
September 13 
Tracy L. Johnson PhD, UCLA,  Howard Hughes Medical Institute                                                        
“Beyond diversity: Building a Culture of Inclusion in STEM education”
Hosted by Dr. Michael Boyce and the Biochemistry Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Reception in the Lobby Immediately Following the Seminar

September 21
Michael Boyce PhD, Duke University School of Medicine
"Cell Signaling Through Protein Glycosylation"
Hosted by the Department of Biochemistry

September 28
Jeff Gelles PhD, Brandeis University
"Non-Equilibrium Regulation of Transcription"
Hosted by Dr. Richard Brennan

October 12
Robert Sackstein MD PhD, Harvard Medical School
"GPS: Glycoengineering Cell Trafficking for Clinical Applications"
Hosted by Dr. Michael Boyce

October 19
Joachim Frank Phd & Nobel Laureate, Columbia University
"Single-Particle Cryo-EM of Biological Molecules: an Expansion of Structural Biology"
Sponsored by the Biochemistry Students
*Nozaki Memorial Lecture 

November 2
Richard Lewis PhD, Stanford University
"STIM, Orai, and the Molecular Choreography of Store Operated Calcium Channels"
Hosted by Dr. Huanghe Yang

November 9
Kodi Ravichandran PhD, University of Virginia
Title: “Eating a Good Apoptotic Meal: Implications for Health and Disease”
Hoted by Dr. Huanghe Yang

November 16
Baron Chanda PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Shedding Light on Molecular Driving Forces Underlying Ion Channel Gating"
Hosted by Dr. Huanghe Yang

November 30
Chris Whitfield PhD, University of Guelph
"Assembly of Cell-Surface Glycolipids in Gram-Negative Bacteria"
Hosted by Dr. Pei Zhou

December 7
Michael Burkart PhD, University of California, San Diego
"Protein-Protein and Protein-Substrate Interactions in Fatty Acid and Polyketide Synthases"
Hosted by Dr. Kenichi Yokoyama

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.

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

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 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 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.