NOBEL LAUREATE TO SPEAK AT SUNY ORANGE APRIL 13

3/23/2010

Renowned Scientist and Professor Dr. Martin Chalfie to Discuss Green Fluorescent Protein

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Nobel Laureate Dr. Martin Chalfie will discuss green fluorescent protein (GFP), a fundamental tool in numerous areas of biological scientific research, when he appears at SUNY Orange on Tuesday evening, April 13.

Chalfie’s lecture, set for 7 p.m. in Room 207 of the Bio-Tech Building on the College’s Middletown campus, is sponsored by the SUNY Orange student Biology Club. He will explain how GFP, a biological marker, has become a fundamental tool for research into cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, neurobiology and medical science.

Chalfie, chair of the Biological Sciences Department at Columbia University, shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y. Tsien for the discovery and development of GFP. He and colleagues revolutionized how scientists study the mechanics of cells by getting a visual fix on where certain genes are expressed. GFP is a small, inert, and relatively non-toxic molecule, easily diffused through living tissue. Researchers now have the ability to follow various cells with the help of GFP. They can study nerve cell damage during Alzheimer's disease, how insulin-producing beta cells are created in the pancreas of a growing embryo, or how cancer cells spread.

A native of Chicago, Chalfie holds a Ph.D. in neurobiology from Harvard University. He has served on the faculty at Columbia University since 1982.

Admission to the lecture is free.

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