Stone Memorial Lecture set for Feb. 7

Roberto Kolter, a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-director of Harvard's university-wide Microbial Sciences Initiative, will present the 2010/2011 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, in 101 Althouse Laboratory at the University Park campus of Penn State University. This free public lecture, "Making and Breaking Biofilms," is sponsored by Penn State's Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Kolter has been an influential microbiologist for over four decades. As a graduate student in the 1970s, he studied DNA replication. During his time at Harvard, he has worked on antibiotic synthesis, bacterial starvation physiology, experimental evolution, bacterial biofilms, and chemical communication in the microbial world. In addition, Kolter has been influential in advancing and improving science teaching and policy worldwide. He recently served as the president of the American Society for Microbiology and now serves as chair of its Public and Scientific Affairs Board.

In 2011, Kolter was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. From 2009-2010, he served as president of the American Society for Microbiology. He has served as editor of several academic journals including The New Biologist, the Journal of Bacteriology, Microbiology International, and Biofilms.

Kolter earned his doctoral degree at the University of California at San Diego in 1979 and his bachelor of science degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1975. He carried out post-doctoral training at Stanford University's Department of Biological Sciences.

Penn State's Stone Memorial Lecture honors Robert W. Stone, head of the former Department of Microbiology for 23 years. The department merged with the Departments of Biophysics and Biochemistry in 1979 to form the present Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011