Thirty-third Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture
Durham, NC – The Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology will host the Thirty-Third Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on May 10, 2011. This year’s speaker is Joseph DeRisi, PhD.
Joseph DeRisi, PhD is a biochemist, specializing in molecular biology, parasitology, genomics, virology, and computational biology. He received a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1992) from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry (1999) from Stanford University.
Dr. DeRisi is currently a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator and a Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) with a joint appointment at the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3).
Dr. DeRisi’s best-known achievements are his work on profiling gene expression throughout the lifecycle of the malaria-causing protozoan Plasmodium falciparum and his analysis of the SARS virus.
Notably, DeRisi was named a MacArthur fellow in 2004 (a MacArthur fellowship is also known as the “Genius” award), and was awarded the 14th Annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment in 2008.
May 10, 2011
4:00pm – 5:15pm
103 Bryan Research Building
Reception to follow lecture