David Baltimore, the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1975 delivered the inaugural Cell Press-TNQ lectures between January 14 and January 18, 2008, in Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai.
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, the first one on 'MicroRNAs in Inflammation and Cancer' at the J.N. Tata auditorium where he had 'the largest ever audience to hear a lecture about MicroRNA', followed by another lecture at the Faculty Hall of the Indian Institute of Science, visited the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Infosys in Bangalore, got into Chennai late on January 17, caught up with Mahabalipuram and his fascination for history early next morning, visited TNQ and watched us typeset and process one of his papers, delivered his final lecture of the tour later that afternoon at Triple Helix, the auditorium of the Central Leather Research Institute of Chennai and left India the same night. As Dr. Baltimore put it, 'It has been, although hectic, extremely rewarding..."
Thank you Dr. Baltimore.
Venki Ramakrishnan is the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and currently the 62nd President of The Royal Society. He is also a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.Heis also the author of Gene Machine, a popular book on the quest for the structure of the ribosome.
Dr Helen H. Hobbs is a physician-scientist who attended Stanford University and Case Western Reserve Medical School before training in internal medicine at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Drs. Joseph Goldstein and Michael Brown, she joined the faculty of UT Southwestern.
Dr Anderson is the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology, Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Leadership Chair, and Director of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Institute for Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology - Caltech in Pasadena. He is also an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The seventh speaker was Professor Mary-Claire King, an American human geneticist and professor at the University of Washington. She is known for her accomplishments in identifying breast cancer genes, demonstrating that humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical, and applying genomic sequencing to identify victims of human rights abuses.
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.