Since 1980 the society invites a renowned biochemist or molecular biologist for a lecture tour in The Netherlands each year. The Speaker of the Year visits three universities where (s)he presents a lecture and interacts with scientists and students. Many of the invited speakers are Nobel laureates, while several of the NVBMB Speakers of the Year later received the Nobel prize like Efraim Racker, NVBMB Speaker of the Year in 1982 received the Nobel Prize of Chemistry in 1997; Gunter Blobel, NVBMB Speaker of the Year 1983, received the Nobel Prize of Chemistry in 1999; Paul Nurse, NVBMB Speaker of the Year in 1992 received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2001 and more recently Aaron Ciechanover, NVBMB Speaker of the Year 2004 who received the Nobel Prize of Chemistry in the same year.
JEF BOEKE NVBMB SPEAKER OF THE YEAR 2018
Rapid advances in DNA synthesis have made it possible to engineer whole genomes, which
is the basis for our global synthetic yeast genome project, Sc2.0. The synthetic genome features
several systemic modifications including an inducible evolution system to generate
millions of derived variant genomes. We recently completely engineered the yeast karyotype,
showing a massively altered 3D genome structure and surprisingly high fitness. We are
now also able to assemble designer human genomic regions and precision deliver these to
stem and cancer cells. We intend to use these methods to dissect genomic “dark matter”
and endow human cells with new capabilities.
Jef Boeke will give three lectures:
Wednesday, Oct 10th Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam
15.00-17.00 Minisymposium Genome Technologies, Piet Borst Auditorium
Plesmanlaan 121, Amsterdam
Hosts: Fred van Leeuwen (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Yves Bollen (email@example.com).
Thursday, Oct 11th Leiden University
16.00-17.00 lecture hall C1 Faculty of Science, Gorlaeus building
Einsteinweg 55, Leiden
Host: Remus Dame (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Friday, Oct 12th UMCG Groningen
Antonius Deusinglaan 1, Groningen
Hosts: Armagan Kocer (email@example.com) & Dirk Slotboom (firstname.lastname@example.org)