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Dr. Kirsten Bomblies, Assistant Professor of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology (OEB), Harvard University will be speaking at the Danforth Center’s Fall Symposium on Wednesday, September 28 2011.
Dr. Bomblies is applying genomic and molecular genetic approaches to investigate habitat adaptation and population divergence in plants. Dr. Bomblies received a B.A. in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 where she worked with John Doebley on the genetics of maize domestication.
For her post-doctoral, she worked with Detlef Weigel at the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen, Germany studying hybrid necrosis in A. thaliana. She was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 2008 and joined the faculty of the OEB department at Harvard University in July 2009.
Dr. Steve Kay, Dean, Division of Biological Sciences, Richard C. Atkinson Chair in the Biological Sciences, Professor, Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, San Diego will be leading presentations as the first speaker on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at the Fall Symposium.
Dr. Kay will be discussing the topic, The Rise of the Machines: High Throughput Biology Approaches to Understanding Circadian Networks.
The in depth presentation will cover his laboratory studies of the composition and architecture of circadian networks in plants and animals. These networks are thought to provide adaptive advantages to organisms, and are now known to be pervasive in their integration with many other regulatory modules in multiple cell types. "We employ high throughput genomic pipelines to identify network components and apply mechanistic approaches to understand their detailed function and interactions," said Dr. Kay. "In both plant and animal systems we have found that circadian networks are hierarchical and composed of regulatory layers that act at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Increasingly we are finding that circadian regulation is tightly integrated with metabolic networks, and operate with reciprocal regulatory interactions. We will present recent data in both systems that explore how clocks regulate growth rhythms in plants and glucose homeostasis in mammals, as well as recent computational approaches to mine existing data collections for comprehensive network reconstruction."
Dr. Kay is trained in genetics and genomics and received his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK. Dr. Kay's research involves the large scale application of genomics technologies and systems approaches to understand complex regulatory networks in plant and animal cells. He has applied functional genomics screens and chemical biology approaches to elucidate the composition of the molecular circuitry underlying circadian rhythms. His most recent interests lie at the interface between food and energy security with basic plant and microbial science, as well as continuing to apply genomics to the discovery of therapeutics.
His work has been cited in Science magazine's "Breakthroughs of the Year" consecutively in 1997, 1998 and again in 2002. In 2008 he was elected a Member of the National Academy of Sciences USA, in 2009 elected an AAAS Fellow, and in 2010 awarded the UCSD Chancellor's Associates Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. He was recently chosen to receive the 2011 Martin Gibbs Medal by the American Society for Plant Biology as recognition for pioneering work in plant sciences.
To learn more about the Fall Symposium visit http://www.danforthcenter.org/fall_symposium/program.asp.
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