News Release: Research

Oct. 13,  2009

Howard Hughes Investigator, PNAS Editor to Speak at McCormick Lecture

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2009 McCormick Lecture Series, Department of Biochemistry, Emory University School of Medicine
Randy Schekman, PhD, Howard Hughes Investigator and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California at Berkeley
"Transport Vesicle Biogenesis: Mechanism, Regulation and Connections to Human Disease"


Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, 3 to 4 p.m.


Emory School of Medicine Building, 1648 Pierce Drive, Room 110. Emory University campus map and directions.


Dr. Schekman's interest in cellular membranes developed during postdoctoral work with S.J. Singer at the University of California, San Diego. At Berkeley, he developed a genetic and biochemical approach to the study of eukaryotic membrane traffic. He has received numerous awards, including the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research, the Eli Lilly Award in Microbiology and Immunology and the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award in Basic Biomedical Science. He currently is editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Schekman's lecture will focus on how secretory and membrane proteins are sorted into transport vesicles at the endoplasmic reticulum by a cytoplasmic coat protein complex, COPII.


Free and open to Emory faculty, staff and students, and to the public. For more information, call 404-727-5960.


The annual McCormick Lectureship honors the former chair of the Emory Department of Biochemistry, Donald B. McCormick, PhD. Dr. McCormick currently is professor emeritus in biochemistry in the Emory University School of Medicine. The lectureship honors outstanding research in biochemistry. 


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