Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering Scheduled for 12 and 13 April

Steven Henikoff, investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and affiliate professor of genome science at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wash., will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering on April 12 and 13, on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science.

The series includes a lecture intended for a general audience, titled "Epigenomics: Where's the Beef?" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building. Henikoff also will give a more specialized lecture, titled "Mapping Genome-wide Nucleosome Dynamics," at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building.

Henikoff currently studies the formation of chromatin -- bundles of DNA and proteins that constitute the physical form of the hereditary information in the nucleus of a cell; epigenetic inheritance -- how genes are differentially regulated in different environmental conditions; and the structure, function, and evolution of the centromere -- the middle part of the chromosome that links it to the cellular apparatus separating the chromosomes when they divide.

Before becoming an affiliate professor of genome science at the University of Washington, Henikoff carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Washington. He later joined the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle in 1981, where he continues to be a member of the Basic Sciences Division. He also has been an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1990 and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences since 2005. He is co-editor-in-chief of the journal Epigenetics and Chromatin, a member of the editorial boards of the journals Trends in Genetics, Current Opinion in Genetics, and Development and Genome Biology, and a member of the scientific advisory boards of Epizyme, Inc. and the Chicago Biomedical Consortium.

Henikoff received a doctoral degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University in 1977 and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1968.

The Marker Lectures were established in 1984 through a gift from Russell Earl Marker, professor emeritus of chemistry at Penn State, whose pioneering synthetic methods revolutionized the steroid-hormone industry and opened the door to the current era of hormone therapies, including the birth-control pill. The Marker endowment allows the Penn State Eberly College of Science to present annual Marker Lectures in astronomy and astrophysics, the chemical sciences, evolutionary biology, genetic engineering, the mathematical sciences and physics.

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Last Updated April 04, 2012