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Thursday
17
MAY

What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you

18:15
University of York Events
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Speaker: Professor Carolyn Bertozzi, Stanford University, USA

Jim Matthew Lecture
Celebrating 10 Years of Athena SWAN Chemistry Gold

In this Equality and Diversity Beacon Seminar, Professor Carolyn Bertozzi will talk about her prize winning work on the Chemistry of Living Systems. The event marks the celebration of the Chemistry Department at York having held the Athena SWAN Gold Award for ten years.

Cancer cells cast a sweet spell on the immune system: Shrink yourself small enough to swoop over the surface of a human cell, and you might be reminded of Earth’s terrain. Fats, or lipids, stay close to the surface, like grasses and shrubs. Proteins stand above the shrubs, as mighty oaks or palm trees. But before you could distinguish the low-lying lipids from the towering proteins, you’d see something else adorning these molecules — sugars. If proteins are the trees, sugars are the mosses that dangle from the branches or, perhaps, the large fronds of the palm.

In this lecture, the cell surface will be discussed in light of our understanding of the role of sugars, as the first locations where viruses, bacteria and other cells first interact when they touch down on a target cell. Some of these studies have led to new insights into cancer therapy, with the potential for new classes of anti-cancer therapies.

Professor Carolyn Bertozzi has been described by the Royal Society of Chemistry as a “Rockstar Chemist”. Her talk will include personal reflections on her life as a scientist and the importance of diversity in science. This lecture will be followed by an interactive panel discussion about diversity in the chemical sciences, providing the audience with an opportunity to get involved and ask questions of our experts.

Professor Carolyn Bertozzi is the Anne T and Robert M Bass Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical and Systems Biology and Radiology (by courtesy) at Stanford University, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is considered one of the foremost multidisciplinary scientists of her generation.

http://web.stanford.edu/group/bertozzilab/bio.htm

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Room SLB/118