New gene-editing system enables large-scale studies of gene function.
Robert Sapolsky, professor of biological sciences and neurology at Stanford University, will deliver the Hans-Lukas Teuber Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) on Friday, May 5 at 4pm in Rm E25-111.
In his talk, "Stress and Neurodegeneration: Interventions at the Molecular Level, Interventions at the Societal Level," Dr. Sapolsky will discuss his research on how stress damages the nervous system, and on the design and strategies of gene therapy to save neurons. He will also discuss his field work with wild baboons in the Serengeti through the Institute of Primate Research in Nairobi, Kenya.
Dr. Sapolsky, a MacArthur Fellow, writes regularly for Discover Magazine and The New Yorker and is the author of award-winning books, including Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers and The Trouble with Testosterone.
The Hans-Lukas Teuber Memorial Lectures were established to honor the memory of the founder of the Department of Psychology (later BCS). Professor Teuber came to MIT in 1961 after gaining worldwide recognition as a leader in psychology and neuroscience. Just before his death in 1977, he had been selected as the next Killian Lecturer. The lectures are made possible by a grant from the Robert K. Yin Fund. Dr. Yin, president of Cosmos Corp., received the PhD in BCS in 1970.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 3, 2000.