Biochemistry Seminars

Biochemistry Seminars

All seminars will be delivered virtually


Fall 2020

Friday, August 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Martha Bomar, Ph.D. 
Executive Director, Quality Assurance and Site Quality Head, Merck Manufacturing Division 
"Applications for Protein Biochemistry in Vaccine Manufacturing"
Host: Pei Zhou, PhD
E-mail prw2@duke.edu for Zoom link

Nozaki Distinguished Lecture
Friday, September 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM
Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.
Princeton University
"Quorum-Sensing Communication: From Viruses to Bacteria to Eukaryotes"
Host: Biochemistry Graduate Students, Aili Hao & Brittany Snyder
E-mail prw2@duke.edu for Zoom link

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.