1-2pm Friday, 11 May, 2018
Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) lecture theatre
Speaker: Professor Paul Modrich, co-awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Also James B. Duke professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Duke University’s School of Medicine, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Research Seminar title: “Mechanisms in human DNA mismatch repair”.
Host: Professor Bob Lahue, NUI Galway
A tea-coffee-biscuits reception in the foyer of the Biomedical Sciences Building will follow immediately after the lecture. All are welcome.
About Professor Paul Modrich
Professor Paul Modrich was one of three scientists to share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015 for landmark discoveries over four decades of work in DNA repair. The Nobel Committee cited one of the Lahue-Modrich publications as groundbreaking.
The Nobel Committee recognised Professor Modrich’s work on mismatch repair, which acts as a genetic spellchecker to preserve the DNA. Defects in mismatch repair are now known to cause certain hereditary forms of colorectal cancer. Genetic testing of cancer patients helps identify those with mismatch repair defects, providing information which is important in guiding their treatment.
Above photo: Paul Modrich after receiving his Nobel Prize at the Stockholm Concert Hall, 10 December 2015. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2015. Photo: Pi Frisk