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The Dean's Lecture Series
Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture

Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Basic Sciences
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Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Clinical Sciences

David Seegal Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship Lecture

Heidelberger-Kabat Lecture

Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities

Innovation in Biological and Medical Sciences Distinguished Lecture

Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize Lecture

Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture

Thomas Q. Morris Symposia

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Dean's Distinguished Lecture in

the Basic Sciences

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series was founded at the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1981 to provide a forum and formal vehicle for interdisciplinary academic exchange in the basic sciences, clinical sciences, and humanities. The lectures are designed to emphasize the cross-collaborative nature of scientific inquiry and to enrich the traditional scholarly exchange between the health sciences faculties, the other branches of Columbia University, and the metropolitan New York medical community—all while honoring the school’s fundamental responsibility to maintain the highest standards of humanistic education.

Over the past thirty five years, we have been fortunate to have as speakers some of the world’s leading basic scientists, clinicians, and humanistic scholars, all of whom have made significant and outstanding contributions to their respective fields. Yet, as expert as all of these speakers are in their areas of specialization, they have been able to bring their thoughts and experiences to life for those outside their traditional academic disciplines—some of whom ultimately have found new ways to advance this knowledge at the intersection of the arts and sciences.

Through the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, we look forward to continuing our tradition of bringing together students, professors, researchers and clinicians in the spirit of true intellectual curiosity and academic cooperation—sowing the seeds, perhaps, for the next great breakthrough discovery or cure in the process.

Available Videos:
Speaker: Richard Mann, PhD
Lecture Date: May 27, 2014
Lecture Title: “Lessons From the Fly: From Development to Behavior”

2015-2016 EVENTS

Steven L. Reiner, MD

"Sister Cells that Feast and Fast --- Why Growth and Repair May Not be Fair"

Steven L. Reiner, MD
Charles H. Revson Professor in Cancer Research in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Professor of Pediatrics
Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Steven L. Reiner, MD, is the Charles H. Revson Professor in Cancer Research in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and professor of pediatrics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Reiner studied philosophy at Haverford College and received the MD from Duke University.Following training in internal medicine at the New York Hospital-Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he performed subspecialty training in infectious diseases at the University of California, San Francisco. At UCSF he was also postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Richard M. Locksley, MD

Dr. Reiner joined the faculty at The University of Chicago as assistant professor in 1994, where he was an investigator in the Gwen Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research and an attending physician at The University of Chicago Hospitals. In 1999, he was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania as associate professor, a founding member of the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, and an attending physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he was chair of the Immunology Graduate Group and founding director of its Institute for Immunology. Dr. Reiner joined the faculty of Columbia University in 2012. He has been director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Columbia since 2014.

Dr. Reiner has made significant contributions to our understanding of immunology and infectious diseases, most notably demonstrating that our lymphocytes act like stem cells to repopulate our immune defense while simultaneously delivering diverse functions that eliminate viruses, germs, and cancer. His research has generated international praise for its far-reaching implications within immunology and in the greater scientific community. His discovery in 2007 that lymphocytes use asymmetric cell division to execute function while regenerating was chosen by Science magazine as one of the top 10 scientific breakthroughs of the year. His laboratory has been fertile training ground for students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom now hold faculty positions at top institutions. Dr. Reiner received the Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.


2014-15 - Frank Costantini

2013-14 - Richard Mann
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2012-13 - Steven A. Siegelbaum
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2010-11 - Andrea Califano
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2008-09 - Robert S. Kass
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2007-08 - Marian Carlson
2004-05 - James E. Rothman
2003-04 - Andrew Marks
2002-03 - Eric Gouaux
2001-02 - Vincent Racaniello
2000-01 - Virginia E. Papaioannou
1999-00 - Lloyd A. Greene
1998-99 - Kathryn Calame
1997-98 - Gary Struhl
1996-97 - Michael D. Gershon
1995-96 - Thomas M. Jessell
1994-95 - Riccardo Dalla-Favera
1993-94 - Barry Honig
1992-93 - Argiris Efstratiadis
1991-92 - Stephen P. Goff
1990-91 - Arthur Karlin
1989-90 - Frederick Alt
1988-89 - Richard Axel
1987-88 - Wayne Hendrickson
1986-87 - Reinhold Benesch
1985-86 - Elvin Kabat
1984-85 - Harold Ginsberg
1983-84 - Eric Kandel
1982-83 - Brian Hoffman

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