Save the Dates: 2nd Annual Distinguished Lecture Series

Published: November 9th, 2018

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The Distinguished Lecture Series is an initiative developed by students in the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. The aim of this event is to bring prominent researchers to UF to interact with students and give a talk about their seminal findings. This effort is intended to be entirely student-driven, from initial contacting and planning, to interacting with the speaker during their visit.


















Peter Walter, PhD | Thursday March 28, 2019 4:00-5:00PM

Peter Walter is currently a Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF and an HHMI Investigator. Over the years, his laboratory has focused on answering key questions in cell biology, seeking a molecular understanding of how cells control the quality of their proteins and organelles during homeostasis and stress. Dr. Walter’s lab currently aims to understand how the rewiring of these processes leads to, or prevents the progression of disease. Peter’s awards include the Eli Lilly Award, the Passano Award, the Wiley Prize, the Stein & Moore Award, the Gairdner Award, the E.B. Wilson Medal, the Otto Warburg Medal, the Jung Prize, the 2012 Ehrlich and Darmstaedter Prize, the 2014 Shaw Prize, the 2014 Lasker Award, the 2015 Vilcek Prize and the 2018 Breakthrough Prize.

Walter Website:

  • Graduate students will have several opportunities to engage with Dr. Walter during his visit

Special Edition Career Development Lecturer:

Bruce Alberts, PhD | April 3-4, 2019

Bruce Alberts is a prominent biochemist with a strong commitment to the improvement of science and mathematics education. He was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama in 2014 and the 2016 Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science. Dr. Alberts served as Editor-in-Chief of Science (2009-2013) and as one of the first three United States Science Envoys (2009-2011). He is now the Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education at the University of California, San Francisco, to which he returned after serving two six-year terms as the president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Widely recognized for his work in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology, Alberts has earned many honors and awards, including 16 honorary degrees. He currently serves on the advisory boards of more than 25 non-profit institutions, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

Alberts Website:

  • Dr. Alberts’ Career Development seminar: Thursday, April 4th4:00-5:00PM
  • Students, post-docs, and faculty will have additional opportunities to interact with Dr. Alberts in discussion forums and events throughout his two day visit – stay tuned for more information!

For questions regarding these events, including how to engage with either Dr. Walter or Dr. Alberts, please contact Nora Awadallah (