professor receiving distinguished leadership award from another colleague
Distinguished Graduate Lectureship

Our trainees continue to do amazing things after they leave our department, and it is always a pleasure to invite them back to campus to give seminars about their work and to meet with current trainees and faculty members. The affiliations and job titles listed below were held by the speakers at the time of their lectures.



Dr. Rebecca Haeusler
Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
“Hepatic Insulin Signaling and Bile Acid Metabolism”
(PhD 2007, with David Engelke)

Speaker History


Dr. David Pagliarini
Hugo F. and Ina C. Urbauer Professor and BJC Investigator
Departments of Cell Biology & Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, and Genetics
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
“Defining Mitochondrial Protein Functions through Systems Biochemistry”
(MS 2002, with Jack Dixon)


Dr. Jon Huibregtse
Professor of Molecular Biosciences
Benjamin Clayton Centennial Professor of Biochemistry
University of Texas, Austin
“The ISG15 Ubiquitin-like Protein in Innate Immune Signaling”
(PhD 1989, with David Engelke)


Dr. Vahe Bandarian
Professor of Chemistry
The University of Utah
“Reconstructing Biosynthetic Pathways One Step at a Time”
(Postdoc 1999–2003, with Rowena Matthews)


Dr. Pimchai Chaiyen
Professor and Head
School of Biomolecular Science and Engineering
Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC)
“Flavin-Dependent Enzymes: Mechanisms and Innovations”
(PhD 1997, with David Ballou and Vincent Massey)


Dr. John Denu
Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry
University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Epigenetics and Metabolism: Functions of NAD+-Dependent Deacylases”
(Postdoc 1993–1996, with Jack Dixon)


Dr. Pengbo Zhou
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
“Proteolytic Control of DNA Repair and Tumorigenesis”
(PhD 1993, with Dennis Thiele)


Dr. Stephen Quay
President and CEO
Atossa Therapeutics
“A Walk in Nature with Stops Along the Way”
(PhD 1975, with Dale Oxender)


Dr. Robert Clubb
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of California, Los Angeles
“Molecular Basis of Protein Display by Staphylococcus aureus and Other Bacterial Pathogens”
(PhD 1993, with Gerhard Wagner and Martha Ludwig)


Dr. Bruce Carter
Professor of Biochemistry
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
“Eating the Dead: Mechanisms of Neuronal Apoptosis and Clearance During Development of the PNS”
(PhD 1992, with Fedor Medzihradsky)


Dr. Martin Hemler
Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School
Principal Investigator, Cancer Immunology and AIDS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
“Roles of Palmitoylation, Diffusion, and Tetraspanin Association during Integrin-Dependent Carcinogenesis”
(PhD 1978, with William Lands)


Dr. Beverly Davidson
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
“Emerging Therapies for Neurogenetic Disease”
(PhD 1988, with William Kelley)


Dr. Michael O’Donnell
Anthony and Judith Evnin Professor, The Rockefeller University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
“Obstacles to Replication and Mechanism Used by a Replisome to Circumvent Them”
(PhD 1982, with Charles Williams)


Dr. Catherine Drennan
Professor of Chemistry and Biology, MIT
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
“Crystallographic Snapshots of Metalloproteins in Action”
(PhD 1995, with Martha Ludwig)


Dr. Robert Landick
Professor of Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin, Madison
“RNA Polymerase: Allosteric Regulation of a Complex Molecular Machine”
(PhD 1983, with Dale Oxender)


Dr. Paul Hollenberg
Maurice H. Seevers Collegiate Professor and Chair of Pharmacology
University of Michigan Medical School
“Mechanism-Based Inactivation of Human Cytochromes P450”
(PhD 1969, with Minor J. Coon)


Dr. Keith Wilkinson
Professor of Biochemistry
Director, Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
“Structure and Function of USP5, a Deubiquitinating Enzyme”
(PhD 1977, with Charles Williams)


Dr. Edward Kravitz
George Packer Berry Professor of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School
“Genetic Manipulations in the Fruit Fly Fight Club”
(PhD 1958, with Armand Guarino)


Dr. Colleen Hayes
Professor of Biochemistry
University of Wisconsin, Madison
“The Vitamin D Endocrine System and Autoimmune Disease”
(PhD 1973, with Irwin Goldstein)


Dr. Nancy Nossal
Chief, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology
National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
“Interactions of Proteins and DNA at the Phage T4 Replication Fork”
(PhD 1963, with G. Robert Greenberg)


Dr. Mark D. Adams
Vice President for Genome Programs
Celera Genomics
“Comparative Genomics of the Mouse and Human Genomes”
(PhD 1990, with Dale Oxender)


Dr. Sidney Strickland
Professor of Neurobiology and Genetics and Dean and Vice President for Educational Affairs
The Rockefeller University
“Life, Death, and Regeneration in the Mammalian Nervous System: Roles for Proteases and the Extracellular Matrix”
(PhD 1973, with Vincent Massey)


Dr. Dan Oprian
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry
Brandeis University
“Structure and Function of Visual Pigments”
(PhD 1980, with Minor J. Coon)


Dr. Morris White
Professor of Pediatrics, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
“IRS-Proteins Coordinate Cellular Growth and Metabolism”
(PhD 1981, with Halvor Christensen)