Hamm to deliver Discovery Lecture June 12Jun. 5, 2014, 8:49 AM
Heidi Hamm, Ph.D., the Aileen M. Lange and Annie Mary Lyle Professor of Cardiovascular Research and an internationally known expert on G protein-mediated signaling, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, June 12.
Hamm, who recently stepped down as chair of the Department of Pharmacology after 13 years to focus on her research, will discuss “Studies of G Protein Regulation: The Vanderbilt Years,” beginning at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.
The lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.
Hamm is a world leader in G proteins, intracellular molecular switches that translate and transmit signals from membrane-bound G protein-coupled receptors deep inside the cell. Learning how G proteins interact with their receptors could lead to new drugs for disorders as diverse as thrombotic diseases and Alzheimer’s disease.
She has received numerous honors for her research, served as president of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) from 2006 to 2008 and in 2011 was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
For more information regarding prior lectures, featured speaker and upcoming speakers, click on http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries/.