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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.

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

2013-2014 EVENTS

Richard Mann PhD

"Lessons From the Fly: From Development to Behavior"

Richard Mann, PhD
Higgins Professor of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biophysics
Columbia University Medical Center

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
P&S Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where he majored in biochemistry and learned yeast genetics while working in Gerry Fink's laboratory. Dr. Mann attended MIT for graduate school (1980-86), where he worked in David Baltimore's lab studying retroviruses. His PhD work characterized the sequences used by Moloney Murine Leukemia Virus for encapsidation of its RNA genome into viral particles and demonstrated how these sequences could be used to engineer "helper-free" retroviral vectors for gene transfer. In 1986 Dr. Mann began postdoctoral studies at Stanford University in the laboratory of David Hogness, one of the pioneers of molecular biology, to work on the Drosophila Hox (homeotic) genes. There he began to carry out experiments to dissect the functions of two Hox proteins, Ubx and Antp, a project that he continued when he began his own lab at Columbia in 1990. At Columbia he has continued to work on various aspects of Drosophila development, from Hox protein function and specificity, appendage development, and, most recently, adult motor neuron development and function.


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2010-11 - Andrea Califano
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2008-09 - Robert S. Kass
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