2015 Joklik Distinguished Lecturer, Lynn Enquist, PhD, September 12, 2015

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Sixth Annual Joklik Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the annual MGM departmental retreat, September 11-13, 2015. This year’s speaker is Lynn Enquist, Ph.D.

Lynn W. Enquist, Ph.D., is Henry L. Hillman Professor of Molecular Biology and Professor in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University. He received his B.S. degree from South Dakota State University and received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Medical College of Virginia. His research interests are the genetics and molecular biology of DNA viruses with a special emphasis on neurotropic alpha herpes viruses. Dr. Enquist has published 265 articles or books and is an inventor on four US patents. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Review of Virology, a member of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity from 2005-2012, a member of the AAAS board of directors, and has served as a member and chair of several NIH grant review panels. He served as President of the American Society for Virology. He co-taught the Cold Spring Harbor summer course on Advanced Bacterial Genetics from 1980-1985. He is one of four authors of a popular virology textbook entitled: Principles of Virology, Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Control. He was awarded the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Princeton in 2001 for his course entitled “Viruses: Strategy and Tactics”. He was appointed as a commissioner for the New Jersey Cancer Commission where he played a leadership role in state funding of cancer research and education. In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lectures widely on viruses.

Dr. Enquist’s 30 + year career experience has spanned research work in government laboratories at the NIH, heading research at Molecular Genetics, Inc. (one of the first biotechnology companies), designing novel applications of viruses for DuPont corporate research, managing an antiviral drug discovery team for DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals to his current position as Henry L. Hillman Professor and Chair of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. His work on bacterial viruses played an important role in the development of recombinant DNA technology and his work on in vitro packaging systems has seen worldwide use by many investigators for cloning DNA from complex genomes into simple bacterial viruses. He was involved peripherally with the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee on the use of recombinant DNA by participating in the certification of the first E. coli vector systems. He and his colleagues were involved in the first successful cloning of mammalian genes and viruses including those from herpes simplex virus type 1 as well as integrated murine RNA tumor virus genomes. His current work is devoted to understanding how viruses invade and cause disease in the nervous system as well as developing viruses as tools to study the vertebrate nervous system.

 Lynn Enquist_Joklik_2015Lynn Enquist
Henry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology
Professor of Molecular Biology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Department of Microbiology
Department of Molecular Biology
Princeton University

Seminar: Axons, the front line sensors of alpha herpesvirus PNS invasion
September 12, 2015
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Wrightsville Beach, NC
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]

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