Keck School of Medicine Events

Massry Prize 2013

Intracellular Motility
October 2013
Thursday, October 10, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Aresty Auditorium, Norris Research Tower.

The 2013 Massry Prize is being awarded to a trio of scientists for their work defining molecular mechanisms of "intracellular motility." This fundamental process involves the deployment of "molecular machines" to move cargo on "molecular tracks" that are part of the cell's skeleton. The quest to understand these mechanisms energized many investigators, but it was Drs. Sheetz, Spudich and Vale who first isolated the tracks with their motors from cells, demonstrated the rapid transport of cargo, and showed how the motors use chemical energy to produce such remarkable movement.
Michael Sheetz, PhD, Director of the RCE in Mechanobiology at NUS, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University will present, "Mechanosensing by Controlled Myosin Contractions". James A. Spudich, PhD, Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University, will present, "The Myosin Family of Molecular Motors: Nature's Exquisite Nanomachines" Ronald D. Vale, PhD, Professor of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco; Investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present "Mechanisms of Microtubule-Based Motors."

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