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Oliver Smithies Symposium – May 29

The Oliver Smithies Symposium will be on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at Ebling Hall in the Microbial Sciences Building.  Opening remarks begin at 1:15 pm, followed by the following speakers. Download the poster for more information.

1:30 pm – Eric F Wieschaus, Princeton University. Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, Professor of Molecular Biology, And the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1995
Much of Dr. Wieschaus’ research has focused on embryogenesis in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, specifically in the patterning that occurs in the early Drosophila embryo. Most of the gene products used by the embryo at these stages are already present in the unfertilized egg and were produced by maternal transcription during oogenesis. A small number of gene products, however, are supplied by transcription in the embryo itself. He has focused on these “zygotically” active genes because he believes the temporal and spatial pattern of their transcription may provide the triggers controlling the normal sequence of embryonic development. In 1995, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with 2 others as co-recipients, for their work revealing the genetic control of embryonic development.Ie. his pioneering work on the way genes in the fruit fly determine how body parts are formed.

2:30 pm – Kathryn V Anderson, Sloan-Kettering Institute. Chair, Developmental Biology Program
Dr. Anderson is a developmental biologist who has spent decades discovering the genes and proteins that interact during embryonic development to control embryonic patterning in both Drosophila and mice. Her work with genetic screening has led to seminal discoveries including genes controlling developmental patterns of the Drosophila nervous system, the immune system response in fruit flies, and the early development of mammalian embryos.

3:30 pm – Jonathan A Epstein, University of Pennsylvania. William Wikoff Smith Professor of Cardiovascular Research
Dr. Epstein is also the Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, and the Scientific Director of the Penn Cardiovascular Institute. He was a founding co-director of the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He studies the molecular mechanisms of cardiac development to apply to the understanding and therapy of adult and congenital cardiovascular disease. Dr. Epstein is known for his commitment to teaching, both in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, in medical school classes, and as a director and lecturer in graduate seminars in Genetics and Developmental Biology. He is the President Elect of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, and a recipient of the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation for Clinical Research.