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.
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Deisseroth pioneered a groundbreaking technique known as optogenetics -- in which neurons in the brain are genetically engineered to express a light-sensitive protein that can change their electric properties.
Dr. Lander is also Professor of Biology at MIT and Professor of Systems Biology at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lander additionally serves as Co-Chair of the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Huda Zoghbi, a physician-scientist in the field of neurogenetics and the recipient of the 2013 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, the 2013 Dickson Prize in Medicine, and the 2011 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience was selected as the Featured Speaker of the Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lectureship Series 2014.
Shinya Yamanaka, the Japanese physician and celebrated adult stem cell researcher, delivered the third lecture of The Cell Press-TNQ India Distinguished Lecture Series in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai in January-February 2012.
The prize is "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase", states the official news by the Nobel Foundation. The announcement came shortly after Prof. Blackburn returned after her lecture tour of India.
He delivered the first lecture of the series on January 14 at the Teen Murti auditorium in New Delhi, did press and television interviews, met with policy makers, moved to Bangalore where he delivered two lectures...