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Faculty Profile: Brenda Wilson

As the first of five children in her working-class family, everything Brenda Wilson knew about scientists came from watching them on television or reading in books. Now theme leader for the Host-Microbe Systems research group at the new Institute for Genomic Biology, Wilson's story is no less fascinating than those she saw growing up.

“I always liked the idea of being a scientist and a professor, though my idea of what that involved was very naïve,” said Wilson, associate professor of microbiology who has been on the faculty since the fall of 1999. “I had this idea it was like what you see in the movies, where brilliant people discover new things, spinning off brilliant insights every hour. Of course it’s a lot slower than that, and a lot more work than that!”

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Faculty Profile: Philip A. Sharp, Ph.D.

The Department of Biochemistry will sponsor a special seminar September 14 by Professor Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, Nobel Laureate, and Institute Professor at the Center for Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At noon that day in Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium, Professor Sharp will present the Biochemistry Friday seminar on The Emerging Biology of Short RNAs.

Dr. Sharp and his wife Ann will be on campus to attend the investiture of David M. Kranz as the Phillip A. Sharp Professor of Biochemistry, a professorship which they have endowed.

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CMB-MB 20th Annual Symposium

The 20th Annual Cell and Molecular Biology and Molecular Biophysics (CMB-MB) Training Grant Research Symposium will be held November 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the NCSA building.

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Susan Lindquist: MCB Distinguished Lecturer

On October 3 at noon in the CLSL Auditorium (B102), the School of MCB sponsored a distinguished lecturer seminar by Susan Lindquist, PhD. Dr. Lindquist earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology from Illinois in 1971. She received the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award in 2006 and presented the Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture, Protein Folding and Misfolding in Neurobiology, at the 2007 Society for Neuroscience meeting.

Dr. Lindquist, the first female director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, is also a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her October 3 lecture was on The Surprising Biology of Prion Proteins.

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Faculty Profile: Stephanie Ceman

Stephanie Ceman knew when she was in sixth grade that she wanted to go to college. Her parents, on the other hand, were not so sure.

"My parents really resisted. They were afraid I'd turn into a hippie," she says. Ceman's goal was not to become a hippie, but rather to become a doctor. It seemed the most logical career path at the time to Ceman, who enjoyed math and biology. "I liked knowing about the way things work," says Ceman, who built a model of the heart out of dough for a high-school biology class. "I was interested in all these chambers and how blood would come in one chamber and would go to the next one and back to the lungs."

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Paul J. Leibson, 1952–2007

Paul J. Leibson, professor of immunology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a pre-eminent researcher of NK cells died of cancer on August 6, 2007.

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