Scientists to Gather for 23rd Annual Genetics Day

Apr. 25, 2011

University of Rochester scientists will gather next week to discuss the latest in genetics research and to trade scientific insights much like DNA strands swap key segments.

The 23rd Annual Genetics Day is next Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Class of ’62 Auditorium in the Medical Center. The day includes several talks by Medical Center and River Campus scientists, poster presentations by dozens of Rochester scientists, and a lecture by a leading expert on nuclear hormone receptors.

Scientists at the University have held Genetics Day, which draws together genetics research that is woven throughout the lives of hundreds of students and faculty members at the Medical Center and River Campus, every year since 1989.

The keynote speaker is Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., executive vice dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, who will give the Fred Sherman Lecture. Yamamoto is an expert on intracellular receptors – a popular target for common medications – and will discuss transcriptional regulation by steroids.

Other speakers include:

  • Steven Gill, Ph.D., associate professor of Microbiology and Immunology, who will discuss the possible role of microbes in causing oral cancers.
  • John Jaenike, Ph.D., professor of Biology, who will talk about the important role that bacteria play in the lives of some species of fruit fly.
  • Hucky Land, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biomedical Genetics, who will discuss cancer cell metabolism.
  • Douglas Portman, Ph.D., associate professor of Biomedical Genetics and a member of the Center for Neural Development and Disease, who will discuss the exploration of gender differences in the brain through studies of a tiny roundworm known as C. elegans.

 The full schedule of the day’s activities is available at

Genetics Day is sponsored by the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies and the departments of Biology and Biomedical Genetics.