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.
Speaker of the year 2018: Jef Boeke
We are honored to announce that Jef Boeke, NVBMB speaker of the year 2018, will visit Amsterdam, Leiden, and Groningen from 10-12 October 2018. Jef Boeke studies retrotransposons and gene regulation, and has recently embarked on an ambitious collaborative project, i.e. to build a modified yeast genome known as Sc2.0 by redesigning and synthesizing entire eukaryotic chromosomes. More information will follow later this year.
Speaker of the year 2017: Lucy Shapiro
Lucy Shapiro is a Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at Stanford University School of Medicine where she holds the Virginia and D. K. Ludwig Chair in Cancer Research and is the Director of Stanford’s Beckman Center for Molecular & Genetic Medicine. By studying the regulation of the cell cycle, asymmetric cell division, and cellular differentiation, Shapiro's pioneering work has led to a deep understanding of the genetic and molecular processes that cause identical bacterial cells to split into different cell types. These are basic processes that underlie all life, from single-cell bacteria to multi-cellular organisms. Her ideas have helped to develop novel drugs to fight antibiotic resistance and emerging infectious diseases. Lucy Shapiro has been actively involved in translating academic research on combatting infectious diseases to industry and has advised multiple US administrations.
Professor Shapiro will visit three Dutch universities:
Tue Sept 12th University of Groningen 15-16h
Lokaal 16, Onderwijs Centrum,University Medical Centrum Groningen, Groningen hosts: prof. Armagan Kocer (email@example.com) & prof. Dirk-Jan Slotboom (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thu Sept 14th Vrije Universiteit / Netherlands Cancer Institute 16-17h
Main Auditorium O|2 bldg, De Boelelaan 1108, Amsterdam hosts: dr. Yves Bollen (email@example.com) & dr. Fred van Leeuwen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fri Sept 15th Leiden University 16-17h
Collegezaal 1, Gorleaus bldg, Einsteinweg 55, Leiden host: dr. Remus Dame (email@example.com)
3-D Systems Architecture of a Bacterial Cell Cycle
The cell cycle control logic in Caulobacter drives an integrated system that operates in time and space. Oscillating levels of temporally-controlled master regulators enable multiple cell cycle functions. Cell cycle regulation is, to a striking degree, a whole cell phenomenon with transcriptional circuitry interwoven with the 3-D deployment of phospho-signaling, which monitors the topology of the cell and is central to establishing asymmetric cell division. The overall regulatory ‘wiring diagram’ incorporates changes in DNA methylation state that enhance system robustness.