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Foerster Lectures on the Immortality of the Soul
Charles M. and Martha Hitchcock Lectures
Howison Lectures in Philosophy
Jefferson Memorial Lectures
Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture
Carl O. Sauer Memorial Lecture
Barbara Weinstock Lectures on the Morals of Trade
April 01, 2009
International House Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley
Stanford Professor Lucy Shapiro is renowned for her contributions to the fields of developmental biology, molecular biology, and genetics. She examines the functions required to reproduce and maintain life in the simple bacterial cell by using a systems engineering approach that defines the control circuitry integrated in time and space.
Lucy Shapiro is renowned for her contributions to the fields of developmental biology, molecular biology, and genetics. Her research focuses on the cell cycle of a developing microorganism, particularly on the process by which the cells divide into dissimilar, rather than identical, "daughter" cells. This process remains, in Shapiro's words, "one of the most fundamental questions of developmental biology." Shapiro's pioneering work has revealed the genetic circuitry controlling a bacterial cell with 3,767 genes, providing the basic principles of genetic programming that helps cells move seamlessly through the cell cycle. Shapiro also focuses on advancing the field of antibiotics, which she argues has reached a critical moment in history. Based on her in-depth analysis of a simple bacterial cell, Shapiro identified new antibiotic targets and co-founded a biotech company that designs antimicrobial drugs.
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