Nobel Prize Lecture

January 07, 2016




Thursday, January 7th

3 pm – 5 pm
IRMACS Theatre, Applied Sciences Building
Burnaby campus

Everyone welcome, free admission and refreshments.

Each year the Faculty of Science celebrates the newly-awarded Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics and medicine/physiology. Faculty will explain the impact of these prizes and highlight the connection between fundamental and applied research.

Claire Cupples will discuss the Chemistry prize awarded for “mechanistic studies of DNA repair” in her talk entitled "Listening to E. coli: What a simple intestinal bacterium can tell us about DNA repair, and its effects on health and disease."

Dr. Cupples is the SFU Dean of Science and a professor in the department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.  She studies DNA repair and mutagenesis using genetic, molecular and biochemical techniques in model organisms (Escherichia coli, Tetrahymena thermophila) and humans.

Michel Vetterli will discuss the Physics prize awarded for the discovery that ethereal subatomic particles, neutrino oscillations, change type with time.  This phenomenon has far-reaching consequences in particle physics and cosmology. One of the collaborations being honoured (Sudbury Neutrino Observatory) is a Canadian experiment.

Dr. Vetterli is a professor of Physics at SFU and plays a leading role in the ATLAS Experiment, a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Carl Lowenberger will discuss the prize for Physiology or Medicine that was awarded “for discoveries concerning novel therapies against Malaria and infections caused by roundworm parasites”.

Dr. Lowenberger is the Associate Dean Academic, in the Faculty of Science and a faculty member in the department of Biological Sciences where he studies the interactions between insect vectors and the parasites they transmit to humans.

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