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Harvard genetics prof to deliver 2008 Gairdner Lecture

 
2008-10-16


 

 

Gary Ruvkun, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, is the recipient of this year's Gairdner Laureate award. Dr. Ruvkun will deliver the 2008 Gairdner Lecture, The tiny RNA pathways of C. elegans on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 12:30 pm in room 1103 Biosciences Complex. 

 

A graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard, Dr. Ruvkun was one of the first to discover micro RNA through his work in C. elegans and in 2000, the Ruvkun lab and collaborators Victor Ambros and Bob Horvitz identified a second micro RNA, let-7, which, like the first micro RNA, regulates translation of the target gene lin-41, important in the regulation of gene function. Dr. Ruvkun has also worked in other fields, such as control of longevity and fat storage, where his lab discovered that insulin signaling is key to longevity in C. elegans. Dr. Ruvkun has an active research program in microbiology, searching for deeply divergent microbial life, even on other planets.

His visit is hosted by Associate Dean (Reseach), Faculty of Health Sciences, and Vice President, Research Development, Kingston General Hospital, Roger Deeley, deeleyr@queensu.ca

 


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