Stone Memorial Lecture set for April 15

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Markus W. Ribbe, a professor of molecular biology, biochemistry and chemistry at the University of California at Irvine, will present the 2012-13 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, in 101 Althouse Laboratory at Penn State. This free public lecture, titled "Nitrogenase Mechanism and Applications," is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Ribbe's research involves microbiology, chemical biology and inorganic chemistry. By combining biochemical, spectroscopic and structural approaches, he has spent the past 15 years investigating the mechanisms of cofactor assembly and catalysis in nitrogenase -- an enzyme used by some organisms, such as certain kinds of bacteria, to "fix" atmospheric nitrogen into a biologically useful form.

Ribbe was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012 and he was elected a Herman Frasch Foundation Fellow by the American Chemical Society in 2007. He was honored with a Campus Village Distinguished Professor Teaching Award in 2005. He has published numerous scientific papers in Science, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among other journals.

Ribbe received a doctoral degree in microbiology in 1998, a master's degree in microbiology in 1994, and a bachelor's degree in biology in 1991, all from the University of Bayreuth in Germany. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at Irvine and is now a professor there.

The Stone Memorial Lecture honors Robert W. Stone who, for 23 years, was the head of the former Department of Microbiology, which merged with the biophysics and biochemistry departments in 1979 to form the present Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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Last Updated April 10, 2013