The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series

The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series is co-sponsored by Cell Press and TNQ. Planned as an annual event, the lectures are aimed at bringing internationally renowned scientists face to face with the Indian scientific community. They are held in Bengaluru, Chennai, and New Delhi each year.

The inaugural speaker of the lecture series was David Baltimore, currently the President Emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology at Caltech. In 1975, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Howard Temin and Renato Dulbecco.

The second speaker was Elizabeth Blackburn, the Australia-born, American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2009, sharing it with Carol W. Greider and Jack W. Szostak.

The third speaker was Shinya Yamanaka, the Japanese physician and celebrated adult stem cell researcher. In 2012 he and John Gurdon were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for the discovery that mature cells can be converted to stem cells. In 2013 he was awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his work.

The fourth speaker was Huda Y. Zoghbi, the Lebanese-born physician and medical researcher. She is a professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and the Director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital.

The fifth speaker was Eric S. Lander, a mathematician turned biologist turned geneticist, who is President and Founding Director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He serves as Co-Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

The sixth speaker was Professor Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University neuroscientist and psychiatrist, who developed methods that have revolutionized our ability to visualize and manipulate brain circuits.

About Cell Press

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cell Press, an imprint of Elsevier, publishes 34 highly cited journals featuring biomedical research and reviews, including its flagship journal, Cell. Its journals include Neuron, Immunity, Developmental Cell, Structure, Current Biology, Cancer Cell, Molecular Cell, Chemistry & Biology, Cell Metabolism, Cell Host & Microbe, Cell Stem Cell, Cell Reports and the new journal Cell Systems; 15 Trends review titles; and four society journals, the monthly journals of the American Society of Human Genetics, the Biophysical Society, the Open Access journal of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, and the new partnership with the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Society of Plant Biology in publishing the journal Molecular Plant.

At the heart of Cell Press's mission is the commitment to combining the highest-quality science with innovations in technology for authors, readers, and reviewers. Launched in 1974, Cell Press has been at the forefront of publishing groundbreaking developments in biology. It is recognized for its close relationship with the scientific community and for consistently delivering the world’s leading research across the broad spectrum of the life sciences. It continues to publish and develop journals that are widely disseminated, deliver the highest possible intellectual rigour, and promote community trust.

About TNQ

Chennai-based TNQ is a publishing technology and services company focused on Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM) publishing and reputed for its excellence in the field. Today, it has around 2,300 employees, most of them with a strong educational background in science. TNQ's mission is to transform content and enrich it to its highest quality. The Company is also changing the way content is transformed, using cutting-edge technologies and creative solutions.

TNQ is deeply committed to the betterment of Indian science and to raising the profile of science to students, the general public, and policy-makers. It takes its social responsibility seriously and supports educational, social empowerment, and conservation efforts. The Company is an equal opportunity employer and is blind to gender, religion, caste, and ethnicity. TNQ has a firm commitment to employee welfare.

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