Seminars and Meetings
2012 MGM Annual Retreat
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat was scheduled for Saturday, September 22, 2012 in the Schiciano Auditorium in CIEMAS. Scientific talks were held from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. followed by a social hour. This annual event offers the opportunity for students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, and faculty members to engage in collaborative discussions as well as showcase current scholarship and research.
A schedule of scientific talks is available here.
For further information, please contact Susan Wiley, Business Manager, at 684-3404 or email@example.com.
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology has combined with the University Program in Cell and Molecular Biology as well as the Department of Cell Biology to create a seminar series we refer to as the "Thursday Series." These seminars are held each Thursday from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 147, Nanaline Duke Building. The MGM portion of the Thursday Series is coordinated by:
Debra Silver, PhD
The Tuesday Series is co-sponsored by the University Program in Genetics and Genomics (UPGG) and the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (IGSP). All seminars take place each Tuesday from 12:30-1:30pm in Room 147, Nanaline Duke Building. The Tuesday Series is coordinated by:
Alejandro Aballay, PhD
268 JONES Building
Box 3580 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Tel: (919) 668-1783
Fax: (919) 684-2790
Please visit the UPGG web site for a complete Tuesday Series schedule.
MGM Post-Doctoral Fellow Distinguished Alumnus Seminar
Click here for a complete list of previous MGM Post-Doctoral Fellow Distinguished Alumnus Seminar speakers.
MGM Graduate Student Distinguished Alumnus Seminar
Click here for a complete list of previous MGM Graduate Student Distinguished Alumnus Seminar speakers.
UPGG Distinguished Lecture Series
The Duke University Distinguished Lecturer Series was designed to bring renowned lecturers to campus to illuminate progress and future areas of excitement in genetics and genomics. These seminars take place on specific Thursdays at 4:00pm in Room 103, Bryan Research Auditorium with a reception following the presentation. The Distinguished Lecture Series is free and open to the public and is organized by a UPGG student committee in conjunction with:
Mohamed Noor, PhD Professor
Department of Biology
4214 French Science
Durham, N.C. 27708
Tel: (919) 613-8156
Fax: (919) 660-7372
Please visit the UPGG web site for a complete Distinguished Lecture Series schedule.
Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Thirty-Fifth Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on March 26, 2013. This year's speaker is David Bartel, PhD.
David Bartel received his PhD from Harvard in 1993 and has since headed a lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, where he is also a Professor of Biology at MIT and an HHMI Investigator. His lab initially studied the ability of RNA to catalyze reactions, and more recently, has focused on microRNAs and other regulatory RNAs. Over the past 13 years, his lab has contributed to the understanding of the genomics, biogenesis and regulatory targets of these RNAs, as well as the molecular and biological consequences of their actions in animals, plants and fungi. Dr. Bartel is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Molecular Biology Award (NAS), and a co-recipient of the Newcomb Cleveland Prize (AAAS).
David Bartel, PhD
Member, Whitehead Institute
Professor of Biology, MIT
Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Nine Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142-1479
Seminar: MicroRNAs and other regulatory RNAs
March 26, 2013
103 Bryan Research Building
Reception to follow lecture
The annual McGinnis Memorial Lecture was established
by the staff and students of the
Departments of Microbiology and Immunology in 1979
to honor the memory of
James William McGinnis, Jr.
Jim was born March 13, 1951, in Greensboro, N.C.
He grew up in Cary; graduated from Phillips Academy,
Andover, Mass.; received a B.S. degree in
Chemistry from Stanford University in 1973; completed the first year of medical school at Duke; transferred to the Department of Microbiology and
Immunology; and was a doctoral candidate here at the
time of his death, March 11, 1978, in a canoeing
accident. His research involved in vitro translation
and RNase III processing of avian tumor virus (RSV)
RNA. The Ph.D. was awarded posthumously. His
postdoctoral work was to be with Dr. Fred Sanger,
Science was Jim’s first allegiance, but he relished
excellence in music, sports, literature, and art.
He loved philosophy, enjoyed nature, and prized
friendship. Learning was exhilarating to him,
and, to this good end, the lecture is dedicated.
Since its inception, the McGinnis lecture program has brought 31 exemplary speakers to campus, including four Nobel laureates (J. Michael Bishop, David Baltimore, Phil Sharp, and Elizabeth Blackburn), and twenty-seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, including leading investigators in the areas of virology, microbial pathogenesis and physiology, molecular biology, immunology, and RNA biology.
Click here for a complete list of previous McGinnis Memorial Lecture speakers.
The Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture is organized by a student committee in conjunction with:
Raphael Valdivia, PhD
273 JONES Building
Box 3580 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Tel: (919) 668-3831
Fax: (919) 681-9193
Joklik Distinguished Lectureship
The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Third Annual Joklik Distinguished Lecture on September 21, 2012 in conjunction with the annual MGM departmental retreat on September 22. This year's speaker is Stephen Harrison, PhD.
Dr. Harrison has made important contributions to structural biology, most notably by determining and analyzing the structures of viruses and viral proteins, by crystallographic analysis of protein/DNA complexes, and by structural studies of protein-kinase switching mechanisms. The initiator of high-resolution virus crystallography, he has moved from his early work on tomato bushy stunt virus (1978) to the study of more complex human pathogens, including the capsid of human papillomavirus, the envelope of dengue virus, and several components of HIV. He has also turned some his research attention to even more complex assemblies, such as clathrin coated vesicles.
Dr. Harrison is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a foreign member of EMBO. He received the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize (with Don Wiley and Michael Rossmann) in 1990, the ICN International Prize in Virology in 1998 and the Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize (with Michael Rossmann) in 2001.
Stephen Harrison, PhD
Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Professor of in Basic Biomedical Science and Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Seminar: Cell entry of non-enveloped viruses
September 21, 2012
103 Bryan Research Building
Reception to follow lecture
The Joklik Distinguished Lectureship honors and commemorates the myriad contributions of Dr. Bill (Wolfgang Karl) Joklik to the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Duke, which he chaired; to the institution, specifically for his role as the co-founder of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center; and to the broader microbiology community for his research program in virology, service in founding the American Society for Virology, and for his editorial work for the journal Virology and the seminal text, Zinsser's Microbiology. [Read more]
Click here for a complete list of previous Joklik Distinguished Lectureship speakers.
Fourth Annual Duke Mini-Symposium on Viral Oncology & AIDS Lamignancy
The Duke Center for Virology will hold a symposium on Thursday, December 12, 2012. The symposium will be held in 147 Nanaline Duke from 8:30am - 12:30pm. and will feature three presentations from internationally recognized experts in the field.
Duke Neurogenetics Supergroup Meetings
The Neurogenetics Supergroup Meetings are weekly Work-in-Progress seminars focusing on molecular and genetic studies of the nervous system. These seminars are held each Wednesday from 10:00-11:00am in MSRB001. The meeting is coordinated by Hiro Matsunami. Participating labs: Matsunami and Silver (MGM), Yang and Grandl (Neurobiology), Volcan, N. Sherwood and Bhandawat (Biology), Wang (Cell Biology), and Tracey (Anesthesiology).