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Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture

Dean's Distinguished Lecture in the Basic Sciences

The Cartwright Lecture

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
past events

Thomas Q. Morris Symposia

Previous lectures:

Lecture Videos


The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting

Professorship Lectures

Established at Columbia University in 1977 by a grant from the Samuel and May Rudin Foundation, the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Professorship program today serves as an important vehicle for the exchange of scientific knowledge among Columbia University, the greater New York City community, and academic institutions from around the world.

Since the inception of the Rudin visiting professorship program, Columbia has welcomed into the Rudin professorship program nearly 50 leading scholars, scientists, researchers, and medical practitioners, representing thirty-plus world-renowned scientific and medical institutions and nine countries worldwide.


Available Videos:
Speaker: David Baltimore, Ph.D.
Lecture Date: September 21, 2010
Lecture Title: "NF-kB, MicroRNAs and the Control of Inflammation"
Speaker: David Baltimore, Ph.D.
Lecture Date:September 22, 2010
Lecture Title: "Engineering the Immune System"

2013 - 2014 EVENTS

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD

Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
DH Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Lecture 1: "Illuminating the Brain in Health and Disease"
Monday, March 31, 2014
4:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor
Reception to follow in the auditorium lobby

Lecture 2: "Optical Deconstruction of Fully-assembled Biological Systems”
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:30 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th Street, First Floor
Lunch will be provided beginning at 12 p.m. in the auditorium lobby


Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD is the DH Chen Professor of Bioengineering, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  He is also the director of undergraduate education in bioengineering at Stanford.  He earned his AB in biochemical sciences from Harvard University, and a PhD in neuroscience and MD from Stanford University.

Dr. Deisseroth’s research group develops optical tools for precise, high-resolution investigation of intact biological systems, and applies these tools to study the neural circuit underpinnings of adaptive and maladaptive behavior. Over the past decade his laboratory created two powerful techniques: optogenetics, a technology for precisely controlling millisecond-scale activity patterns in specific cell types using microbial opsin genes and fiberoptics; and CLARITY, a technology to optically resolve high-resolution structural and molecular detail inside intact tissues without disassembly.

In optogenetics, his team has developed strategies to meet the challenging constraints of the freely behaving mammal, engineered a panel of microbial opsin genes spanning a range of optical and kinetic properties, built high-speed tools that are compatible with real-time optogenetic control to record behavior and neural activity, and applied these optogenetic tools to gain circuit-based insight into anxiety, depression, and motivated behaviors.

Distinct from optogenetics, CLARITY technology can be used to transform intact biological tissue into a transparent tissue-hydrogel that preserves, and makes accessible, structural and molecular information for visualization and analysis. With CLARITY, whole mouse brains have now been labeled and imaged and molecular markers have been used to identify individual structures and projections in banked human brain tissue. The technique is unlocking rich sources of information for probing disease mechanisms as well as the native structure and complexity of the nervous system.

Dr. Deisseroth continues to practice psychiatry. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the Brain and Behavior Research Council.  He has received many awards for his work including the National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award, a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, a McKnight Foundation Scholar Award, the W. Alden Spencer Prize, the Richard Lounsbery Prize, the Nakasone Prize and the Dickson Prize in Science.


Bruce M. Spiegelman, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School

Peter St George-Hyslop, MD, FRCP (C), FRS, University of Cambridge and University of Toronto

David Baltimore, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology

Eric Olson, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dalles
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Thomas C. Südhof, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine

Ronald M. Evans, Ph.D., The Salk Institute, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Michael Karin, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Roderick Mackinnon, Rockefeller University

Eric S. Lander, Ph.D., Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Richard Losick, Ph.D., Harvard University

Donald A. Henderson, Johns Hopkins University

Robert W. Mahley, University of California at San Francisco
Charles Weissman, University of Surich, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, England

James E. Rothman, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute

Laurie H. Glimcher, Harvard University
Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health

Solomon H. Snyder, Johns Hopkins University
Alan Fersht, Cambridge University

C. Thomas Caskey, Baylor College of Medicine
Michael E. Phelps, UCLA School of Medicine

Olikoye Ransome-Kuti, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Thomas E. Starzl, University of Pittsburgh

Jonathan Mann, Harvard Institute of Public Health, International AIDS Center, Boston, MA
Sydney Brenner, Molecular Genetics Unit, Cambridge, England

Geoffrey Thorburn, Monash University, Clayton, Australia
Jonathan Beckwith, Harvard University

Michael J. Berridge, University of Cambridge
Ira Herskowitz, University of California at San Francisco

Friedrich Bonhoeffer, Max Planck Institut, Tubingen, West Germany
Marc W. Kirschner, University of California at Berkeley

Sir Roy York Calne, University of Cambridge

Alexander Borbély, University of Zurich
Piet Borst, The Netherlands Cancer Institute

Tom Maniatis, Harvard University
Alexander Rich, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kurt Wüthrich, Eidgenossische Technische, Hoschule, Zurich
Daniel E. Koshland, Jr., University of California at Berkeley

Philippe Coumel, Hôpital Lariboisière, Paris
Joseph Martin, Harvard University

Peter J. Morris, Oxford University
Keith R. Yamamoto, University of California at San Francisco

Harold M. Weintraub, University of Washington

Charles Scriver, McGill University
Sir Richard Doll, Oxford University
Norman Geschwind, Harvard University

Efraim Racker, Cornell University
Leo Sachs, Weizmann Institute
Rozella M. Schlotfeldt, Case Western Reserve University
Paul Lacy, Washington University, St. Louis

Bruce N. Ames, University of California at Berkeley
Francis D. Moore, Harvard University
Baruj Benacerraf, Harvard University
David Mechanic, University of Wisconsin


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