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Upcoming Distinguished Lecturers Tom Ellenberger and C. Ronald Kahn

By Eddy Ball
October 2008

Ellenberger will present the distinguished lecture on October 14. (Photo courtesy of Washington University School of Medicine)

The NIEHS 2008 - 2009 Distinguished Lecture Series features two talks during October. On October 14, Tom Ellenberger, D.V.M., Ph.D., will explore the topic of "Structural Biology of DNA End Joining." Later in the month on October 28, C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., will deliver the 2008 Falk Lecture titled "Public-Policy Issues of Diabetes and Obesity." Both talks will begin at 11:00 in Rodbell Auditorium.

Ellenberger is Wittcoff Professor and head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Washington University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the structures and mechanisms of enzymes that repair chemical modifications of DNA in order to understand the molecular basis for DNA substrate selection and to identify the physical interactions that coordinate multistep repair processes.

Kahn is the Mary K. Iacocca Professor and director of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University. His principal research interests are understanding the molecular mechanism of action and of insulin and related growth factors at a molecular level and defining at a molecular and physiologic level the defects that underlie human diabetes mellitus.

NIEHS DNA Replication Fidelity Group Staff Scientist Kasia Bebenek, Ph.D., will host the Ellenberger lecture. Kahn's Falk Lecture will be hosted by Bill Schrader, Ph.D., NIEHS deputy scientific director and principal of the Androgen Biology Group.

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