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Volume 9, Number 17Space holderApril 29, 2005

Biochemistry Alumnus to Give Neurath Lecture

Robert G. Roeder will present the 21st Annual Hans Neurath Lecture from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, in room T-625 of the Health Sciences Building.

He is the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Professor at Rockefeller University in New York and heads its Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Roeder, who received his doctorate from the UW Department of Biochemistry in 1969, is the recipient of the 2003 Lasker Award, one of the most prestigious awards in biomedical science.

Roeder investigates transcription, in which genomic deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequences are copied into ribonucleic acid (RNA) that tells the cell what molecules to synthesize. Over the past 30 years, Roeder's research has helped define many of the hundreds of DNA-binding regulatory proteins, called activators and repressors, that control the rate of transcription.

Laboratories are looking at the potential applications of his studies in the search for treatments of diseases characterized by disruption of normal gene activity. These include cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, AIDS, and others.

The Neurath Lectures, co-sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and ZymoGenetics, Inc. of Seattle, honor the founding chair of the department, the late Professor Hans Neurath, who died in April 2002.

For more information about the Neurath lecture, please contact Gail Rawson at 206-543-1660,

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