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Lynn Maquat, PhD, to give Vanderbilt Prize lecture Nov. 29

Nov. 15, 2018, 11:12 AM

by Bill Snyder

Lynne Maquat, PhD, recipient of the 2017 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science whose work has advanced our understanding of human gene expression, will deliver her Vanderbilt Prize lecture as part of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series on Nov. 29.

Maquat’s lecture, which will begin at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, is sponsored by the Executive Vice President for Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Dean of Basic Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Lynne Maquat, PhD

Maquat is the J. Lowell Orbison Endowed Chair and professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York. She is founding director of the university’s Center for RNA Biology and founding chair of the Graduate Women in Science mentoring program.

Established by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2006, the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science honors women scientists with a stellar record of research accomplishments who have made significant contributions to mentoring other women in science.

Prize winners receive an honorarium, meet with Vanderbilt faculty, deliver a Flexner Discovery Lecture and mentor Vanderbilt Prize Scholars, women who are pursuing graduate studies in the biomedical sciences in the School of Medicine. This year’s Student Scholar, Katherine Rothamel, is a PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry.

Previous Vanderbilt Prize winners include Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD; National Medal of Science winners Elaine Fuchs, PhD, Ann Graybiel, PhD, and the late Susan Lindquist, PhD; Lasker Foundation Award recipient Joan Steitz, PhD, and Titia de Lange, PhD, winner of a $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

This year’s recipient, Angelika Amon, PhD, also a Breakthrough Prize recipient, will deliver her Vanderbilt Prize lecture on Jan. 31, 2019.

For more information about the Vanderbilt Prize, visit and click on the “Research” tab. For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, visit

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