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Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture

Please join us for our 30th annual Oliver H. Smith Memorial Lecture honoring the memory of Dr. Oliver H. Smith, a faculty member in the department from 1963-1985. The seminar series was established by Oliver’s family who has continued to support this and other important departmental programs. Previous Smith Lectures have included three Nobel Laureates: Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn (1993), Dr. Richard Roberts (2001), and Dr. Thomas Steitz (2002).

Dr. Colleen Cavanaugh is recognized worldwide for her contributions to microbiology involving symbiosis of chemosynthetic bacteria with marine invertebrates. This began, when as a graduate student, she recognized that the giant tubeworms, Riftia pachyptila, at that time only recently discovered at deep-sea hydrothermal vents, contained symbiotic sulfur-oxidizing chemoautotrophs.  Like chloroplasts, these bacteria fix CO2, thus feeding these mouthless and gutless worms internally. She has participated in research cruises worldwide with deep-sea dives in the submersible Alvin, and has shown that such symbioses are not limited to vents, but occur widely in nature in sulfidic (and methanogenic) habitats ranging from coastal sediments to deep-sea cold seeps.  Specific research emphasis has focused on the characterization of genetic and metabolic capabilities of uncultured symbionts and their evolutionary relationships with their animal hosts and with free-living bacteria.  Current efforts focus on symbiont transmission strategies and the effects on genome evolution and consequences for the biogeography of such symbioses. With expertise in the study of uncultured bacteria, her research has recently expanded from marine symbioses to the characterization of the microbiomes of humans, wild animals, and protists and their roles in health and disease.

Smith Lecture

 


PREVIOUS SMITH LECTURERS

1986-87 DR. CHARLES YANOFSKY
STANFORD UNIVERSITY

1987-88 DR. LUCY SHAPIRO
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS AND
SURGEONS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

1988-89 DR. SAMUEL KAPLAN
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT
URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

1989-90 DR. WILLIAM S. REZNIKOFF
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

1990-91 DR. RALPH S. WOLFE
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS

1991-92 DR. MARTHA M. HOWE
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

1992-93 DR. ELIZABETH BLACKBURN
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-
SAN FRANCISCO

1993-94 DR. DOUGLAS E. BERG
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

1994-95 DR. JOHN A. DEMOSS
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOUSTON

1995-96 DR. NORMAN R. PACE
INDIANA UNIVERSITY

1996-97 DR. SHARON R. LONG
STANFORD UNIVERSITY

1997-98 DR. BARBARA HOHN
FRIEDRICH MIESCHER INSTITUTE

1998-99 DR. GRAHAM C. WALKER
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

 

1999-00 DR. STUART B. LEVY
TUFTS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

2000-01 DR. RICHARD J. ROBERTS
NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS

2001-02 DR. THOMAS A. STEITZ
YALE UNIVERSITY

2002-03 DR. CHRISTIAN R.H. RAETZ
DUKE UNIVERSITY

2003-04 DR. EUGENE NESTER
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

2004-05 DR. CHING KUNG
UNIVERSITY OF WISONSIN-MADISON

2005-06 DR. ABIGAIL A. SALYERS
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS-CHAMPAIGN-URBANA

2006-07 DR. RITA R. COLWELL
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

2007-08 DR. J. WILLIAM COSTERTON
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
SCHOOL OF DENTISTRY

2008-09 DR. THOMAS J. SILHAVY
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

2009-10 DR. JAMES M. TIEDJE
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

2010-11 DR. JOSEPH F. LUTKENHAUS
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER

2011-12 DR. KENNETH NEALSON
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

2012-13 DR. ROBERTO KOLTER

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL

 

2013-14 DR. BONNIE BASSLER

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

 

 



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