Dr. Gerald M. Rubin, Ph.D., Vice President of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Executive Director of the Janelia Farm Research Campus, was invited by the Pharmacology Graduate Students to be this year's Luminary Scientist Distinguished Lecturer. He presented his seminar titled, "A Molecular Geneticist’s Approach to Understanding the Fly Brain" on October 22, 2013. The seminar was well-attended, filling the large lecture hall in Bioinformatics. A reception followed the talk.
Dr. Rubin's accomplishments include developing methods for making transgenic Drosophila; using genetic approaches to discover components of signaling pathways acting downstream of tyrosine kinases; and leading the effort to sequence the Drosophila genome. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1987. He was awarded the American Chemical Society Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, the National Academy of Sciences U.S. Steel Foundation Award in Molecular Biology, and the Genetics Society of America Medal.
Dr. Rubin visited for two days. In addition to his seminar talk, he spent several hours meeting with graduate students in both Pharmacology and the Neurosciences discussing students' research.
Photo above (L to R): Daniel Dominguez, Dr. Gerald Rubin, Justin English.
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