Genetics department’s annual Smithies Symposium – May 20

The 3rd annual Oliver Smithies Symposium will take place on May 20, from 1 – 4:45 p.m. in the Ebling Symposium Center, room 1220 Microbial Sciences Building. It is free and open to the public.

This year’s featured speakers are:

  • Dr. Martin Chalfie, Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences, Columbia University. Martin Chalfie studies the genetics of nervous system development and function in the roundworm C. elegans. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008 for his part in developing the use of Green Fluorescent Protein as a molecular marker for gene expression. The title of his Smithies Symposium talk is “Adventures in non-translational research: Using genetics to study neuronal differentiation and mechanosensory transduction in C. elegans.”
  • Dr. Gerald Fink, Professor of Genetics, Whitehead Institute, Massacheutsets Institute of Technology. Gerald Fink is a pioneer in yeast research who, among many other accomplishments, discovered means to achieve genetic transformation in yeast. He has also contributed to the introduction of Arabidopsis as a model organism in genetics. The title of his Smithies Symposium talk is “Curiosity about the genome: A biologist’s view of the future.”

This year’s Smithies Symposium kicks off the genetic department’s centennial celebration. For more information about the Smithies Symposium and the centennial, visit: To download a symposium flier, click here: Smithies_Symposium_2010.

The Smithies Symposium is sponsored by Oliver Smithies, a Nobel Laureate and ex-faculty member of the UW-Madison genetics department.