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Dean's Lecture Series

The Dean’s Lecture Series is intended to showcase high caliber research and high impact topics in clinical medicine and related biomedical fields.  The presentations will be targeted to a broad audience of investigators and trainees from multiple areas of clinical medicine, public health, and life science research, as well as for interested members of the university community and the public at large.  The George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation are sponsoring this series.

Upcoming Speakers


Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.

Doris Johns Cherry Professor, Co-Director Rochester Aging Research Center

Our research is focused on Aging, DNA repair, and Cancer.

Aging is one of the biggest mysteries of biology. "Why we age?" is a basic biological question, and at the same time it is highly medically relevant. Aging is associated in accumulation of mutations and genomic instability. We study age-related changes in repair of DNA double-strand breaks using human cells and transgenic mice. We are also using comparative approach to study aging by analyzing short- and long-lived animal species. Finally, as aging is associated with increased cancer incidence, we study DNA repair in breast cancer cells, and anti-cancer mechanisms in short- and long-lived rodents.

To learn more about our research, please visit our lab website.

All Lectures



Emery Brown, MD, PhD - Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and of Computational Neuroscience; Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, Associate Director, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 May 10, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.

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Dean's Lecture: TBA

Lynne Elizabeth Maquat, PhD - J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Director, Center for RNA Biology

 Sep 13, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.

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Atul Butte, MD, PhD - Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF Director, Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, UCSF Chief Data Scientist, University of California Health System

 Oct 04, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.

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Vera Gorbunova, PhD - Doris Johns Cherry Professor, Co-Director Rochester Aging Research Center

 Dec 06, 2021 @ 4:00 p.m.

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Huda Yahya Zoghbi, MD - Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) at Texas Children's Hospital

 Aug 08, 2022 @ 4:00 p.m.

More info about Dr. Zoghbi