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"The Revolution in Electron Cryo-Microscopy"

On Saturday, November 10, 2018,
The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
in recognition of their crucial contributions to the science of electron cryo-microscopy,
will award the 2018 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal to

Robert Glaeser

Professor Emeritus Robert Glaeser
University of California, Berkeley

and

Professor Richard Henderson
Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2017
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge

Henderson
Poster Session - UCLA CNSI Lobby - 12:00 to 1:00 pm, Symposium - UCLA CNSI Auditorium - 1:00 to 5:15 pm
Reception & Dinner - UCLA Luskin Center - 6:00 to 9:00 pm
2018 SYMPOSIUM SPEAKERS
Helen Saibil Elizabeth Villa Robert Glaeser Richard Henderson
Helen Saibil
Birkbeck College London
Elizabeth Villa
University of California,
San Diego
Robert Glaeser
University of California,
Berkeley
Richard Henderson
MRC Laboratory of Microbiology, Cambridge
ABOUT THE 2018 MEDALISTS

Professor emeritus Robert Glaeser (Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley) is a biophysicist and structural biologist who grew up in Wisconsin, where he obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing the Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, he spent one year as a post-doc in Oxford and a second year as a post-doc at the University of Chicago. He then returned to Berkeley as a faculty member and as a Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His University service includes a 5-year term as Divisional Dean of Biological Sciences, and his professional service includes a term as president of the Microscopy Society of America and a term as council member of the Biophysical Society. His professional honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Award, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Professor Richard Henderson (MRC Laboratory of Microbiology, Cambridge) is a Scottish biophysicist and molecular biologist who was the first to successfully produce a three-dimensional image of a biological molecule at atomic resolution using a technique known as cryo-electron microscopy. Henderson's refinement of imaging methods for cryo-electron microscopy, in which biomolecules are frozen in such a way that allows them to retain their natural shape and are then visualized with a high-resolution microscope, enabled researchers to capture images of numerous biomolecular structures that previously could not be imaged by other means. He was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with biophysicists Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank) for his work.

ABOUT THE 2018 SPEAKERS
Professor Helen Saibil (Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, Birkbeck College London) established the cryo electron microscopy lab at Birkbeck College, in the era when electron micrographs were recorded on photographic film. Her research focuses on macromolecular machines, both in vitro and in their cellular context. A major area of interest is the action of molecular chaperones in assisting protein folding, unfolding and disaggregation. In addition, her group studies membrane pore formation by bacterial toxins and immune system pore-forming proteins, and the actions of intracellular pathogens, such as malaria, on host membranes. The main approach is three-dimensional reconstruction of protein complexes in solution or interacting with liposomes, or of cellular samples, by single particle analysis, electron tomography and correlative light and electron microscopy. She has also been involved in the establishment of the national facility for biological cryo electron microscopy at the Diamond synchrotron.
 
Professor Elizabeth Villa (Division of Biological Sciences, University of California San Diego) completed her Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a Fulbright Fellow and then was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich. In 2016, she was granted an NIH Director's New Innovator Award, which allows her to pursue high-risk, high-reward research developing tags for cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) and developing new technological and computational techniques to advance structural cell biology. In 2017, she was named a Pew Scholar. Villa's laboratory has a strong focus on building tools for quantitative cell biology, using cryo-electron microscopy and tomography, cell biophysics, computational analysis and integrative modeling. This potent combination enables the observation of macromolecular complexes in their native environment to derive their structure, context and interaction partners. Her current research is focused on studying how genetic Parkinson's affects cells, and on charting the nucleus, as nuclear biology remains one of the most exciting challenges in the cell. Her lab also pursues many collaborations aimed at understanding bacterial cell biology.
SAVE THE DATE!
Paul Alivisatos  

On Saturday, November 23, 2019,
The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
will award the 2019 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal to

Professor Paul Alivisatos
Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley

 
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