Distinguished Lecture Series

The Duke University Distinguished Lecturer Series was instituted to bring inspiring, accomplished, distinguished lecturers to campus to illuminate progress and future areas of excitement in genetic and genomics. A key feature of the series is to provide a forum in which the students of the University Program in Genetics and Genomics assume a leadership role, with a faculty advisor, in identifying and inviting speakers, in designing the schedule for their visit, and in hosting and introducing the speakers. Students also attend lunches and dinners with the invited guests, who usually spend one to two days on campus also visiting with interested faculty.

Since the series inception in 2002, many distinguished individuals have shared their research and experience with the Duke community. These scholars have included six Nobel Laureates (Eric Wieschaus, Craig Mello, Richard Axel, Mario Capecchi, Carol Greider, and Harold Varmus)(four of whom received the Nobel prize after visiting Duke or being invited to visit Duke), five recipients of the Lasker Award (Mario Capecchi, Carol Greider, Randy Schekman, Matt Meselson, and Harold Varmus), and numerous members of the National Academy of Sciences (Mario Capecchi, Richard Axel, Douglas Wallace, Elliot Meyerowitz, Eric Wieschaus, Eric Lander, David Botstein, Carol Greider, Randy Schekman, Judith Kimble, Joan Brugge, Susan Lindquist, Craig Mello, Bonnie Bassler, Matthew Meselson, Svante Paabo, Joanne Chory, John Doebley, Harold Varmus, Pat Brown, Jeff Gordon, Barbara Meyer, Cynthia Kenyon, Roger Beachy, Eric Olson, and Neil Shubin).

The series is supported by the Dean's office, School of Medicine, the Cancer Center, the Departments of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Medicine, Cell Biology, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Pathology, and Biochemistry.

Upcoming Events

Date Guest Speaker University Title
Nov 2 2017 John Novembre University of Chicago, Department of Genetics “New lenses on human genetic variation: Tools for interpreting geographic structure in genetic data”
Nov 9 2017 Phillip A. Sharp MIT, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research “The Roles of RNA in Transcription”
Apr 19 2018 Nipam Patel Berkeley, Department of Integrative Biology “Evolution and Development: Insights from Emerging Model Systems”

Previous Events

Date Guest Speaker University Title
Mar 5 2015 Jeanne Lawrence University of Massachusetts Medical School From Fundamental Engineering Epigenetics to Down Syndrome and Back Again
Mar 13 2015 Karl Deisseroth Stanford University, HHMI Optical Deconstruction of Fully Assembled Biological Systems
Apr 9 2015 Richard Lenski Michigan State University Time Travel in Experimental Evolution
Oct 8 2015 Allan Spradling Carnegie Institution of Washington Transposon Site-Specificity and Evolution
Oct 15 2015 Feng Zhang Massachusetts Institute of Technology Genome Editing: Technologies and Applications
Mar 11 2016 Roy Parker University of Colorado Boulder Biological and physical properties of stress granules and their connection to human disease
Apr 14 2016 Doris Bachtrog University of California Berkeley TBD
Mar 2 2017 Sue Biggins Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center “Reconstituting Kinetochore Functions in vitro”
Mar 28 2017 Joanna Wysocka Stanford University “Making faces: Regulatory and evolutionary principles underlying development of the human neural crest”
Mar 30 2017 Nicole King University of California, Berkeley “150+ Years in the Making: Choanos as a Model for Animal Origins, Development and Cell Physiology”