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For Immediate Release: June 11, 2010
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

June 18 MBL Lecture Will Explore Revolutionary Biological Imaging Techniques Using Fluorescent Proteins
Presentation Kicks Off Friday Evening Lecture Series

Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz
WOODS HOLE, MA—Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, a senior investigator and Chief of the Section on Organelle Biology at the National Institutes of Health will present the first Friday Evening Lecture of the 2010 series on June 18 at 8:00 PM in the MBL's Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. Her lecture, entitled “Breakthroughs in Imaging Using Photoactivatable Fluorescent Proteins,” is free and open to the public.

Fluorescent proteins purified from marine organisms and used as glowing tags inside cells have transformed biological imaging, as acknowledged by the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which was awarded jointly to MBL Distinguished Scientist Osamu Shimomura, Columbia University’s Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien of the University of California, San Diego for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP).

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz’s laboratory uses live-cell imaging approaches, particularly novel GFP technologies, to analyze the spatio-temporal behavior and binding interactions of molecules in cells. In her lecture, Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz will discuss her research to modify and create new uses for GFP which has led to a revolutionary new technique in light microscopy and allows the tracking of single molecules inside cells as never before.

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz received a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.S. from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a tenured investigator and Chief of the Section on Organelle Biology at the National Institutes of Health’s Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch and has been a faculty member in the MBL Physiology course since 2007.

Dr. Lippincott-Schwartz was named a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science and elected to the National Academy of Sciences, both in 2008, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2009, and has received several NIH awards.

The Friday Evening Lecture Series will continue throughout the summer at the MBL. The remaining lectures in the series are below. For more information, visit www.mbl.edu/FEL

June 25, 2010
“MicroRNA Pathways in Worms and Humans" - Glassman Lecture - Victor Ambros, University of Massachusetts Medical School

July 2, 2010
Susan R. Barry, Mount Holyoke College - "Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist's Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions"

July 9, 2010
Margaret J. McFall-Ngai, The University of Wisconsin Madison - "Waging Peace: Diplomatic Relations in Animal-Bacterial Symbioses"

July 15 – 16, 2010
Forbes Lectures - Allison Doupe, University of California, San Francisco –
July 15: “Lessons from Songbirds about Basal Ganglia Circuits, Social Context, and Plasticity”
July 16: “What Songbirds Can Teach Us About Learning And The Brain”

July 23, 2010
"Dying Young as Late in Life as Possible: Stem Cells, Tissue Renewal, and Regeneration" - Distinguished Alumni Lecture - Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, University of Utah School of Medicine; Howard Hughes Medical Institute

July 30, 2010
"The Nitrogen Dilemma: Feed the World or Protect the Environment?" - James N. Galloway, University of Virginia; Recipient of the 2008 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

August 6, 2010
Arctic Americans and Ice Age Animals Versus the Fossil Fuelers" - Peter Matthiessen, Two-time National Book Award-winning novelist and nonfiction writer

August 13, 2010
Joshua Lederberg Lecture - "Telomere Biology in Aging and Cancer" - Woodring E. Wright, UT Southwestern Medical Center

August 20, 2010
"Establishing a Body Plan: Maternal Control of Axis Formation in Drosophila" - Sager Lecture - Trudi Schupbach, Princeton University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute


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