Wednesday, April 8, 2015
7:00 p.m.


Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom
Ruth S. Harley University Center

“GFP: Lighting Up Life” Martin Chalfie, Ph.D.

Martin Chalfie

Martin Chalfie

Martin Chalfie, Ph.D., is a university professor and former chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. In 2008 he shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien for his introduction of green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a biological marker.

He investigates nerve cell development and function, concentrating primarily on genes affecting mechanosensory neurons. His research has been directed toward answering two quite different biological questions: How do different types of nerve cells acquire and maintain their unique characteristics and how do sensory cells respond to mechanical signals? 

This event is sponsored by the Dakin Memorial Lecture.