Exploring Biology’s Dark Matter: RNA Recognizing Harry Noller, winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize

Harry Noller
Start Time: 
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 18:00
End Time: 
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 21:00
Location: 
Silicon Valley Capital Club, 50 W San Fernando Street, San Jose
Organizer: 
Kraw Lecture Series

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2017 Breakthrough Prize Laureate Harry Noller in conversation with cancer and stem cell researchers from the UC Santa Cruz Center of Molecular Biology of RNA, on the frontiers of molecular biology where science at the cellular level is decoding disease.

UC Santa Cruz, the world’s premier center for RNA research, is charting the “dark matter” of biology. Led by Harry Noller, 16 research labs representing every area of RNA science and technology are opening new pathways to treating disease and saving lives.

Harry Noller has devoted his career to studying the ribosome and understanding its role in translating genetic code into proteins. What was once considered a “crackpot” idea is leading us to the brink of understanding the very origins of life. Noller was awarded the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his work.

On June 22, he will be joined in conversation by three scientists from the RNA Center discussing how their work is unlocking this molecular machinery to transform the treatment of diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.

Jeremy Sanford, associate professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology, “How RNA binding proteins illuminate human disease, as well as our basic understanding of gene regulatory mechanisms”

Susan Carpenter, assistant professor of molecular, cell and developmental biology, “Harnessing long noncoding RNAs to diagnose and treat inflammatory disorders”

Daniel Kim, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, “Elucidating cancer through RNA dark matter”

Admission: Free

Sponsored by: George Kraw