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Dean's Distinguished Lecture in

the Basic Science

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 twenty 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”

2014-2015 EVENTS

Frank Costantini, PhD

"Genetic Controls and Cellular Behaviors in Kidney Development"

Frank Costantini, PhD
Professor of Genetics and Development
Columbia University Medical Center

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Frank Costantini, PhD, received a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1974 from Yale College. He began his research career as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Sidney Altman, studying the processing of transfer RNA precursors in bacteria. He attended the California Institute of Technology as a graduate student, where he studied the molecular biology of sea urchin embryogenesis with Eric Davidson and received a PhD degree in developmental biology in 1980. Dr. Costantini moved to the University of Oxford, where he began to work on mouse development as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Christopher Graham.

In 1982, he joined Columbia University as an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics and Development. He became an associate professor in 1988 and professor in 1991. From 2000-2005, he was acting chair of the Department of Genetics and Development. Dr. Costantini has made contributions in several areas of mammalian developmental biology, including the development of techniques for the generation of transgenic mice; the control of globin gene expression and erythroid cell differentiation; the mechanisms of Wnt signal transduction; and the genetic and cellular controls of branching morphogenesis during kidney development.


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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