Thursday, 12 October, 2017
The Biochemistry & Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) Graduate Student Organization has invited Nobel Laureate, Dr. Martin Chalfie to give a lecture about his role in the discovery and development of green fluorescent protein (GFP) which resulted in the shared Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008. This event is opened to the all UT students, faculty, and the public.
Biography: Dr. Martin Chalfie is a cell biologist and geneticist who has been an instrumental figure in science. Along with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien, he developed the use of Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) to be used as a marker for gene expression. This development led to the 2008 Nobel prize in Chemistry. His background includes studying nerve cell development and function in Caenorhabditis elegans. Dr. Chalfie obtained his PhD from Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts under the supervision of Dr. Robert Perlman where he researched biosynthesis and release of catecholamines. After deciding to change fields, he obtained a position as postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Sydney Brenner at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology where he studied genes involved in mechanosensation. In addition to his Nobel Prize, Dr. Chalfie has been awarded numerous awards which include the E.B Wilson Award and the Golden Goose Award. He has over 100 publications, including “Green fluorescent protein as a marker for gene expression” which is ranked in the top 20 most cited papers in the field of Molecular Biology and Genetics. He is currently a professor in the Biological Sciences department at Columbia University.