University of Dundee

Nobel Laureate to give 2010 Peter Garland lecture

14 May 2010

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2009 and Morris Herztein Professor of Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, will give the 2010 Peter Garland Lecture at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee at 4 pm on Tuesday 18th May.

She will speak on "Control of telomere maintenance and responses to its perturbation", which will include the latest updates on her Nobel Prize winning work.

The discovery of telomeres and the mechanisms required for their maintenance are absolutely fundamental to our understanding of biology and this is why Professor Blackburn, together with Carol Greider and Jack Szostak, was awarded the Nobel Prize last year.

The Peter Garland Lecture is the College of Life Sciences' most prestigious lecture. Peter Garland was the first Professor of Biochemistry in Dundee and under his leadership from 1970-1984 it became one of the UK’s strongest life sciences departments.

Professor Mike Ferguson, Dean of Research, said "We are delighted to host Elizabeth Blackburn for the 2010 Peter Garland lecture. Obviously, she is in great demand and we very much appreciate her coming to see us. She will be talking and sharing ideas with many of our research scientists while she is here, including with some of our younger up and coming scientific stars, over dinner on the Royal Research Ship Discovery."