Kopriva Science Seminar Series
AY 2010-2011 Speakers
Irving Weissman, M.D.
Irving Weissman, the Director of the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, presented "Normal and Neoplastic Stem Cells." In 1988, Weissman became the first to isolate in pure form any stem cell in any species when he isolated the blood-forming stem cell in mice. He subsequently isolated the human blood-forming stem cell, the human neuronal stem cell, and the human leukemia stem cell. His work has opened up an entirely new area of scientific research with enormous potential for life-saving therapies.
Travis Harris, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemisty and the recipient of a 2009 Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship, presented a talk entitled "Unlocking the Mysteries of Biological Nitrogen Fixation with Theoretical Chemistry ." His research is focused on understanding the intimate details of biological nitrogen fixation, which could lead to improved agricultural fertilizers that are more sustainable and less destructive to the environment.
Mary Cloninger, Ph.D.
Mary Cloninger, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at MSU, lectured on "Using Dendrimers to Mediate Multivalent Intercellular Recognition Events." She is the recipient of a Kopriva MSU Faculty Lectureship in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Cloninger’s research program is based on key questions in chemical biology, including the signaling mechanisms used to control cell functions and the processes that mediate the adhesions and metastatic migrations of cancer cells.
Bern Kohler, Ph.D.
Bern Kohler, a professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Montana State University, lectured on "Four Billion Years of Fun in the Sun: How Ultrafast Events Protect DNA from Deadly UV Rays." He is the recipient of a Kopriva MSU Faculty Lectureship in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Kohler’s research focuses on ultrafast laser spectroscopy, DNA photophysics and photochemistry, and solar energy conversion.
Charles Serhan, Ph.D.
Charles Serhan, the Simon Gelman Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury (CET&RI) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, presented "Molecular Nutrition for the Brain and White Blood Cells: When Lipids are Good Guys!" The Serhan lab’s mission is to identify novel pathways and cellular targets critical in regulating neutrophil-mediated inflammation and to establish the templates for physiologic small molecule-based interventions.
Crystal Richards, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Microbiology and the recipient of a 2009 Kopriva Graduate Student Fellowship, presented a lecture titled "Helicobacter Pylori Outside the Human Host." Her research is focused on water and biofilms as an exposure pathway to pathogenic bacteria, including Helicobacter pylori, on the Crow Indian Reservation. This research will provide useful data to the Crow Reservation about drinking water quality, and increase understanding of H. pylori physiology in drinking water.