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"The Many Lives of RNA" Subject of Pomona College Lecture Series

Dr. Jennifer Doudna, vice president of discovery research at Genentech and Pomona Class of 1985, will give a series of talks about cutting-edge research on the structure of RNA and ribozymes, for the 47th Annual Robbins Lecture Series at Pomona College, to be held Monday, February 23—Thursday, February 26

Recognized internationally as one of the foremost experts in the structure and function of ribonucleic acids (RNAs), Doudna oversees Genentech's departments of research protein chemistry and structural biology, and is a member of the small molecular drug discovery leadership team, participating in therapeutic RNA discovery efforts. The company is widely considered the leader in the biotechnology industry. 

Doudna was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and her work has also been recognized with the Johnson Foundation Prize for innovative research and the Alan T. Waterman Award from the National Science Foundation. She is a member of numerous scientific advisory boards and has published more than 100 scientific papers and review articles.

Doudna is on leave from her positions as professor of molecular and cell biology and professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, and as an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 

All of the events in the 47th Annual Robbins Lecture Series at Pomona College are free, open to the public and will be held in the Pomona College Seaver North Auditorium (645 N. College Ave., Claremont). For further information, call: (909) 621-8448.

The series schedule is as follows: 

  • Monday, Feb. 23: "The Many Lives of RNA" 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24: "Hijacking the Ribosome: How Viruses Use RNA to Control Protein Synthesis" 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 25: "Dissecting Dicer: Towards an Understanding of DNA-Regulated Gene Expression" 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 26: "RNA: Drugs and Human Health" 4:30 p.m. 
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