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Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Basic Sciences
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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 six 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.

2017-2018 EVENTS

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD

"Engineering Human Tissues"

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD
University Professor
The Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Medical Sciences
(in Medicine)
Director, Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
4:30 p.m.
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic is University Professor, the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine) at Columbia University. She is a world expert in engineering of human tissues for regenerative medicine and modeling of disease. With more than 37,800 citations and h=110, she is one of the most highly cited individuals of all times, in all disciplines. With her students, Dr Vunjak-Novakovic founded four biotech companies based in New York City. She is a frequent advisor to government and industry. Among her many distinctions, she is a member of the Academia Europaea, AAAS, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and National Academy of Inventors.


2015-16 - Steven L. Reiner

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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