Here are the speakers for the Oliver Smithies Symposium on May 30

The 5th Annual Oliver Smithies Symposium will be held Wednesday May 30, 2012 at the Ebling Symposium Center in the Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive. Welcome remarks start at 1:15pm.

This year’s esteemed speakers are:

  • Dr. Benjamin Tu, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The title of his talk is “Logic of a metabolic cycle,” at 1:30pm. Dr. Tu was the recipient of the 2011 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award for, “A novel strategy for attacking tumors based on the identification of a fundamental carbon-source signal driving cell growth.”
  • Sir Tim Hunt, The Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society.  The title of his talk is “Switches and Latches in the Control of Mitosis” at 2:30pm. Dr. Hunt was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Paul Nurse and Leland H. Hartwell. They were awarded the Nobel Prize for their discoveries regarding cell cycle regulation by cyclin and cyclin-dependent kinases.
  • Dr. Michael Young, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor, Rockefeller University. The title of his talk is “The Genetics of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Drosophila” at 3:30pm. Dr. Young was awarded the 2011 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University.

We have opportunities for faculty or their labs to meet with the speakers during Wednesday morning. We also have a few opportunities for post-docs or graduate students to be included in a luncheon with the speakers. If you are interested, please email Jake Connell at Please include your full name and a telephone number where you can be reached.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Jerry Yin, Oliver Smithies Symposium Organizer
Fred Blattner, Oliver Smithies Symposium Organizer
Deb Rose, Oliver Smithies Symposium Coordinator
Jake Connell, Oliver Smithies Symposium Coordinator