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Contact: Susan Joslin, (508) 289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu

MBL Kicks Off Summer Friday Evening lecture Series June 17
First lecture to explore mechanisms that regulate growth, regeneration

Ishwar Hariharan

WOODS HOLE, MA—Iswar Hariharan, who heads the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology at UC Berkeley’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, will present the first Friday Evening Lecture of the 2011 series on June 17 at 8:00 PM in the MBL's Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. His lecture, entitled “Growth, Death and Regeneration: Genetic Studies in the Fruit Fly Drosophilia melanogaster is free and open to the public.

Dr. Iswar K. Hariharan uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study the mechanisms that regulate growth during normal development and during tissue regeneration. Since the “cellular circuitry” that regulates growth in Drosophila is similar to that found in humans, his studies also provide insights into the mechanisms that normally regulate growth in humans and the abnormal growth that occurs in diseases such as cancer.

Dr. Hariharan received a B.S. in Medicine in 1981, followed by an MB.BS. (the equivalent to the MD degree in the United States) in 1984 from the University of Sydney, Australia, and in 1989, a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Hariharan is an elected Member of American Society of Clinical Investigation and in 2008 was awarded a EUREKA (Exceptional Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration) from the NIH to study the genetic regulation of tissue regeneration in Drosophila.

The Friday Evening Lecture Series will continue throughout the summer at the MBL. The remaining lectures in the series are below.

June 24, 2011
Microbial Diversity Course 40th Anniversary Lecture - "A Microbial Perspective of Life on Earth" - Roberto Kolter, Harvard Medical School

July 1, 2011
"What's in a Picture? The Temptation of Image Manipulation"
Michael Rossner, The Rockefeller University

July 8, 2011
The Joe L. Martinez, Jr. & James G. Townsel Endowed Lectureship
"Bridging the Gap in the Fight Against Cancer: From the Operating Room to the Laboratory" Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, The Johns Hopkins University

July 14 & 15, 2011
Forbes Lectures
Russell D. Fernald, Stanford University
July 14: "Social Control of Brain Structure: Cellular Consequences of Changes in Social Status"
July 15: "How Does Social Status Influence the Brain?"

July 22, 2011
Porter Lecture
"The Origin of Life"
Jack W. Szostak, Harvard University; Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 2009

July 29, 2011
"Coral Reefs: Past, Present and Future"
Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institution

August 5, 2011
Glassman Lecture
"The Broad Spectrum of Prion-Like Diseases and the Quest for Therapeutics"
Stanley B. Prusiner, University of California, San Francisco; Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, 1997

August 11, 2011
Lederberg Lecture
"The Biochemistry of Inflammation: from Microciona to the Microbiome"
Gerald Weissmann, New York University School of Medicine

August 12, 2011
"Genetic Insight Into Candida Infection Biology"
Aaron P. Mitchell, Carnegie Mellon University

August 19, 2011
Sager Lecture
"Revisiting the Heuser and Reese Synapse in the 21st Century: Do Nerve Cells Kiss?" - Erik M. Jorgensen, University of Utah, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


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