SEMINARS, MEETINGS, AND EVENTS

MGM Annual Retreat

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Annual Retreat is scheduled for Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC. 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.  For a complete schedule please click here.

For further information, please contact Annette Kennett at (919) 613-8636 or annette.kennett@duke.edu.

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Thursday Series

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
Associate Professor
Email: debra.silver@duke.edu

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Tuesday Series

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:

Ashley Chi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
2141 CIEMAS
Box 3382 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27708
Phone: (919) 668-4759
Fax: (919) 668-4777
Email: jentsan.chi@duke.edu

Please visit the UPGG web site for a complete Tuesday Series schedule.

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MGM Post-Doctoral Fellow Distinguished Alumnus Seminar

Click here for a complete list of previous MGM Post-Doctoral Fellow Distinguished Alumnus Seminar speakers.

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MGM Graduate Student Distinguished Alumnus Seminar

Click here for a complete list of previous MGM Graduate Student Distinguished Alumnus Seminar speakers.

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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 4:00 pm 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 biology faculty studio headshotMohamed Noor, PhD
Professor
Department of Biology
4214 French Science
Box 90338
Durham, N.C. 27708
Tel: (919) 613-8156
Fax: (919) 660-7372
Email: noor@duke.edu

To view all the past lecture posters, please click here.

Please visit the UPGG web site for a complete Distinguished Lecture Series schedule.

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Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Fortieth year of the Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on March 27, 2018. This year’s speaker is Steve Elledge, PhD.

Stephen J. Elledge is the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and Medicine in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Genetics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is an HHMI Investigator.  He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1978 and his Ph.D. degree in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983.  He began his laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and moved in 2003 to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Department of Genetics where he is currently the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been the recipient of many awards including the 2010 Dickson Prize, 2013 Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in the Basic Medical Sciences, the 2013 Gairdner Foundation International Award, the 2015 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences and the 2017 Gruber Prize in Genetics.

Dr. Elledge’s research interests center on the study of proteins that sense and respond to DNA damage and regulate the cell division cycle and cancer and uncovered what is now known as the DNA Damage Response. He along with Dr. Wade Harper discovered the two largest families of E3 ubiquitin ligases, the CRL family initiating with the Skp1-Cul1-F-box E3 ligase family, and the role of RING domain E3 ligases.  More recently Dr. Elledge has developed immunological methods such as VirScan that allow the genome-wide detection of antiviral antibodies from a single drop of patient blood to determine the history of viral exposure.

[Visit the Elledge Laboratory website]

Headshot of Steve Elledge, PhDSteve Elledge, Ph.D.
Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics and Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division of Genetics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Seminar: TBD
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
4:00pm-5:15pm
Venue: Bryan Research Building Auditorium, Room 103
Reception to follow lecture

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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., a beloved Duke doctoral candidate working in Bill Joklik’s laboratory who died unexpectedly in a canoeing accident.

Since its inception, the McGinnis lecture program has featured thirty-nine exemplary speakers, including five Nobel laureates (J. Michael Bishop, David Baltimore, Phil Sharp, Elizabeth Blackburn, and Peter Doherty), eleven Lasker Award recipients (Philip Leder, Leroy Hood, Bruce Alberts, Michael Bishop, Peter Doherty, Phillip Sharp, Ron Evans, Elizabeth Blackburn, James Darnell, Anthony Fauci, Maurice Hilleman), ten recipients of the National Medal of Science (Leroy, Hood, Bruce Alberts, Michael Bishop, David Baltimore, Phillip Sharp, Robert Weinberg, James Darnell, Anthony Fauci, Maurice Hilleman, and Lucy Shapiro), and thirty-four members of the National Academy of Sciences, including leading investigators in the areas of molecular biology, virology, microbial pathogenesis and physiology, genetics, immunology, vaccines, and RNA biology.

To make a gift to the Jim McGinnis Endowment Fund, please visit the Duke Giving Website.

Click here for a complete list of previous McGinnis Memorial Lecture speakers.

McGinnis Student Co-Chairs: Kayla Sylvester and Alfred Harding

The Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture is organized by a student committee in conjunction with:

Micah Luftig, PhD
Associate Professor
424 CARL Building
Box 3504 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Tel: (919) 668-3091
Fax: (919) 684-2790
Email: micah.luftig@duke.edu

Beth Sullivan, PhD
Associate Professor
361 CARL Building
Box 3054, DUMC
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: 919-684-9038
Fax: 919-684-2790
Email: bsull95@duke.edu

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Joklik Distinguished Lectureship

The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Eighth Annual Joklik Distinguished Lecture in conjunction with the annual MGM departmental retreat, September 8-10, 2017. This year’s speaker is Michael J. Gale, Jr., PhD.
Michael J. Gale, Jr., PhDHeadshot of Michael Gale, Jr., PhD

Adjunct Professor, Global Health
Professor, Immunology
Adjunct Professor, Microbiology
University of Washington

 

September 9, 2017
Blockade Runner Beach Resort
Wrightsville Beach, NC
Reception to follow lecture

Dr. Michael Gale, Jr. received his training at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He served on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center until joining the University of Washington in 2007.

Research in the Gale laboratory is focused on understanding innate immunity to virus infection, and the intracellular immune processes and virus-host interactions that govern viral replication and infection outcome. The laboratory is a component of the Hepatitis C virus Cooperative Research Centers supported by the NIH. Additionally, the Gale laboratory has research programs focused on understanding immune control of West Nile virus infection, HIV infection, and the immunomodulatory/antiviral actions of interferons and small molecule inhibitors of virus replication.

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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.

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Other Triangle Area Seminars

  • Triangle Microbial Interactions Meetings
    TBA

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MGM Holiday Celebration

The 2017 MGM Holiday Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, December 8th, from 7-11 pm at Kirby Hall, Duke Gardens.  Please mark your calendars.

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MGM Softball Game

It’s that time of year again for the annual MGM softball game at the Durham Athletic Park (DAP).  The game and cookout are scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 4-8 pm. Our grill masters will be out in full force cooking up hamburgers and hotdogs with all of the extras. Dust off the bats and gloves, bring your families, and come on out and have some great fun and food!

In order to get a count for food, please RSVP to annette.kennette@duke.edu

We look forward to seeing you there!