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Jonathan Weissman, PhD, to Keynote Research Day
Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD, a noted professor of cellular and molecular pharmacology, biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, will deliver the keynote address Jan. 17 at Cedars-Sinai’s Research Day V. His scheduled talk is "Using Next Gen Sequencing to Globally Watch How Our Proteins Are Made in Space and Time."
The annual event, which brings together scientists from across Cedars-Sinai, also will include a poster session illustrating the ongoing research at the institution. Graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, faculty and other research staff will present their work in an informal environment and share their ideas.
In his noon address in Harvey Morse Auditorium, Weissman will present his latest findings on protein folding, the process by which a protein structure assumes its functional shape or conformation. The importance of this process is underscored by the fact that a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's and those involving infectious proteins (prions), such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, result from protein misfolding. Weissman’s research focuses on identifying and understanding the machinery necessary for efficient folding, as well as studying the mechanism and consequences of protein misfolding.
Weissman, who has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 2000, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2008, he was awarded the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics from Tel Aviv University in Israel. He received his undergraduate physics degree from Harvard College. After obtaining a PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Weissman pursued postdoctoral training at the Yale University School of Medicine.
"Given the increased incidence of dementia in the elderly, it is our honor to host Dr. Weissman, one of the leading thinkers in understanding the control of protein folding within cells," said Ken Bernstein, MD, an organizer for the event, professor of Biomedical Sciences and director of the Experimental Pathology Division in the Cedars-Sinai Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Weissman’s talk will be followed by a session, beginning at 1:30 p.m., that will showcase more than 130 scientific posters throughout the auditorium and adjacent rooms. As in past Research Day events, three prizes of $100 each will be awarded to the best posters.
Last year’s Research Day drew a crowd of more than 300 and displayed more than 120 posters.
"Research Day was conceived of as being a day to revel in the excitement and beauty of biological research," said. Bernstein. "I believe that many of my fellow scientists enjoy Research Day as an opportunity to present their work to their colleagues and to partake in the rich intellectual life now flourishing at Cedars-Sinai.
RSVPs are not required for attendance. For more information, please contact Brian Taylor at email@example.com or at 310-423-3527.
Photo: Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD