October 31, 2008

Columbia’s Jessell next in Discovery Lecture series

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Thomas Jessell, Ph.D.

Columbia’s Jessell next in Discovery Lecture series

Thomas Jessell, Ph.D., will deliver the next Discovery Lecture, “Assembly and Organization of Spinal Motor Circuits,” on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

Jessell's lab works to understand how nerve cells in the developing spinal cord assemble into functional circuits that control sensory perception and movement.

The research could suggest new ways to repair human nerve tissue in the brain and spinal cord damaged by injury or disease.

Jessell, professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is a member of the Royal Society of London and the Institute of Medicine, and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences.

The lecture is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series.

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture Series and archived video of previous lectures, go to www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.