Stone Memorial Lecture set for March 17

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- James A. Imlay, a professor of microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present the 2013-14 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 17, in 101 Althouse Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus. This free public lecture, titled "Molecular Explanations for the Toxicity of Oxygen," is sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Imlay's research seeks to unravel the mechanisms by which cells are damaged by reactive oxygen species, such as superoxide and hydrogen peroxide, as well as the strategies that cells use to avoid or repair that damage. In work recently published in the journal Science, Imlay and his lab disproved the controversial hypothesis that the mechanism of classic antibiotics involves the formation of reactive oxygen species.

Imlay is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and is a current holder of a National Institutes of Health MERIT award.

Imlay received bachelor of science degrees in chemistry and English from Duke University. After working briefly in industry, he attended graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied the process of oxidative DNA damage with Stuart Linn and received his Ph.D. in biochemistry. He then was a postdoctoral fellow with Irwin Fridovich at Duke University, where they examined the mechanisms by which superoxide is formed inside the model bacterium E. coli. Imlay has been a member of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign since 1992.

Each year the Penn State Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology identifies a preeminent microbiologist to present her or his work in order to enrich the microbiological research community at Penn State and to honor Robert W. Stone. For 23 years, Stone was 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. For more information about the lecture, contact Tamara Housel at 814-865-3072.

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Last Updated March 13, 2014