Three top geneticists will discuss their work at the 5th Annual Oliver Smithies Symposium

Three highly regarded geneticists will be on campus Wednesday, May 30, to discuss their research on oscillatory biology at the UW-Madison genetics department’s Fifth Annual Oliver Smithies Symposium.
The speakers are:

  • Benjamin Tu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and recipient of the 2010 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. His talk, titled, “Logic of a metabolic cycle,” starts at 1:30 p.m.
  • Tim Hunt, awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Cancer Research UK’s Professor Paul Nurse and US scientist Leland Hartwell. His work aided scientists in their understanding of how cells copy themselves. His talk, “Switches and Latches in the Control of Mitosis,” starts at 2:30 p.m.
  • Michael Young is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor at The Rockefeller University in New York. Dr. Young’s recent scientific awards are the 2011 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize of Columbia University, and the 2012 Canada Gairdner International Award. His talk, “The Genetics of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Drosophila,” starts at 3:30 p.m.

The symposium’s namesake and sponsor, Oliver Smithies, is a Nobel Laureate and former faculty member in the UW-Madison genetics department.

The symposium starts at 1:15 p.m. in the Ebling Symposium Center in the Microbial Sciences Building, 1550 Linden Drive. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, see this website or contact Jake Connell, 608-263-2985 or at