Xiaoliang Sunney Xie to present Marker Lecture in Genetic Engineering

Xiaoliang Sunney Xie, Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, will present the Russell Marker Lectures in Genetic Engineering at 6 p.m. April 9 and 4 p.m. April 10, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. 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 "Life at the Single Molecule Level," which will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday April 9, in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building. Xie also will give a more specialized lecture, titled "Label Free Vibrational Imaging for Biology and Medicine," at 4 p.m. on Thursday April 10, in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building.

Xie's research focuses on gaining insight into fundamental biological questions by developing the technological tools to study biochemical interactions at the single-molecule level in living cells. He has made major contributions to the emerging field of single-molecule biophysical chemistry and its application to biology. His team also pioneered the development of coherent Raman scattering microscopy and single-cell whole-genome sequencing.

Xie's honors include a NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2004 and 2013, the Ellis R. Lippincott Award from the Optical Society of America in 2013, the Harrison Howe Award from the Rochester Section of the American Chemical Society in 2012, the Biophysical Society's Founders Award in 2012, the E. O. Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009, the Berthold Leibinger Future Prize from the Leibinger Society in Germany in 2008, and the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences in 2003. He is a fellow of the Humboldt Society in Germany, the Optical Society of America, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Physical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Biophyscial Society; and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Xie received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Peking University in 1984, and a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego in 1990, followed by a short postdoctoral experience at the University of Chicago. In 1992, Xie joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he later became a Chief Scientist. In 1999, he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University. He is now the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, and the Cheung Kong Visiting Professor at the Peking University Biodynamics Optical Imaging Center (BIOPIC).

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. For more information about the lectures, contact Tamara Housel at 814-865-3072.

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Last Updated March 20, 2014