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Renowned molecular biologist Mark Ptashne

December 1, 2010

CSU hosts molecular biologist Mark Ptashne, a recipient of the prestigious Lasker Prize for ground-breaking research and public service which has had a transformative effect on the lives and health of people all over the world. Ptashne is the author of two books about genetics and an accomplished violinist.

Molecular biologist Mark Ptashne with his cat, McCoy.

"The Lasker Prize recognizes Mark Ptashne for his elegant and incisive discoveries leading to the understanding of how regulatory proteins control the transcription of genes."

~ The Lasker Foundation

Join us for a presentation titled, "Chromatin architecture: What determines it and does it matter?" by molecular biologist Mark Ptashne, Ph.D., on Friday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. in the new Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 107. A reception will follow.

Mark Ptashne holds the Ludwig Chair of Molecular Biology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Lasker Prize for Basic Research

In 1997 Mark was awarded the prestigious Lasker Prize for Basic Research. This recognition was for his pioneering work on the lambda phage repressor, key to a molecular switch that controls gene transcription.

The basic mechanisms he discovered underlie gene regulation in higher organisms as well, and switches similar to the one he described are found in all developing organisms.

Vital work about genetic information and its transfer

His later work has shown that the same kinds of interactions that regulate gene transcription are also used to regulate a wide array of other processes involving enzymes including polymerases, kinases, phosphatases, ubiquitylases, proteases, and so on. The picture that emerges describes how evolution can rather readily use the same enzymes to produce a fly and a human.

A scientific co–founder of Genetics Institute and of Acceleron, Mark Ptashne is a member of the NAS, and has received numerous national and international awards in addition to the Lasker, including the Gairdner, Louisa Gross Horwitz , and the General Motors Cancer Research Awards.

Scientist, author, violinist

In addition to his many research papers, Ptashne has written two influential books: A Genetic Switch (now in its third edition) and Genes and Signals (co-authored with Alex Gann). He is also an accomplished violinist.

Ptashne's host for this visit is Karolin Luger, Ph.D. 

Event sponsors

This event is being co-sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and the Department of Biomedical Sciences.

More information regarding Dr. Ptashne's research is available on his website.

Contact: Sharon Gale
Phone: (970) 491-6841