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MSU will hold symposium in celebration of Cooley Lab

April 5, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University will hold a symposium and ribbon cutting on Monday, April 15 in celebration of the recently renovated and reopened Cooley Laboratory.

Scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater, Strand Union Building, the symposium will feature a keynote talk from Irving Weissman, director of the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine.

As one of the world's foremost stem cell researchers, Weissman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He grew up in Great Falls and graduated from what was then Montana State College. Weissman received an honorary doctorate from MSU in 1992.

Weissman's talk, "Stem Cell Research and the Future," is part of the Maurice Hilleman Memorial Lecture series. The talk is also sponsored by the MSU College of Letters and Science.

Frances Lefcort, professor and department head, MSU Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Jovanka Voyich, associate professor, MSU Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Mike Franklin, associate professor, MSU Department of Microbiology, will follow with short presentations on some of the research happening in Cooley Laboratory.

After the symposium, there will be a ribbon cutting on the lawn in front of Cooley Laboratory. The 52-year-old lab was completely gutted, with renovations paid for largely by $14.9 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Cooley reopened in October. Its state-of-the-art labs are home to scientists from the departments of microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases, and cell biology and neuroscience. Once 30,000 square feet on five floors, Cooley Laboratory is now 45,000 square feet over six floors.

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