We host five endowed lectures throughout the academic year. Endowed lectures are paid for with private funds invested and held by the Regents of the University.
The Daniel I. Arnon Lecture was established with resources from the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. The endowment also supports graduate students who are designated Arnon Fellows.
The Bob B. Buchanan and Harry Tsujimoto Lectures were established with a generous gift from the K/T (Kase/Tsujimoto) Foundation of San Francisco. The endowment also supports graduate students who are designated "Kase Fellows".
The Taylor-White Lecture is a unique collaboration between Tom White, an entrepreneur, and John Taylor, a professor in the department. Together they performed research and published papers.
The Kustu Lecture is supported by donations from students, faculty and staff who worked with Sydney Kustu, a professor in the department.
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Kabir Peay’s research is filling critical gaps in our understanding of how mycorrhizal fungi respond to climate change through his use of large-scale DNA sequencing, biogeographic modeling, and manipulative experiments. Mutualisms forged by mycorrhizal fungi critically affect the resistance and resilience of forest trees faced with climate change, which impacts the carbon cycle through effects on...
My lecture will focus on the origins, biochemistry and evolution of this diversity and will touch upon the surprising evidence that oxygenic photosynthesis is dependent on bilins for sustained chlorophyll synthesis in an oxic world.
Wednesday February 01, 2023
In this talk, Dr. Newman will explain what "agathokakological" means and how this word can help us understand the varied roles microbially-produced redox active metabolites play in diverse contexts, from the soil to chronic human infections. These compounds, many of which are striking pigments that change color when they are oxidized or reduced, can serve as toxins or as lifelines for the cells...
Wednesday November 02, 2022
The human body is colonized by trillions of microorganisms that exert a profound influence on human biology, in part by providing functional capabilities that extend beyond those of host cells. In particular, there is growing evidence linking chemical processes carried out by the human gut microbiome to diseases such as colorectal cancer. However, we still do not understand the vast majority of...
Wednesday September 07, 2022
Almost two decades ago, karrikins were identified in smoke as germination stimulants of plants that emerge after fire. Karrikins have since been shown to affect many aspects of plant development, putatively because they mimic an unknown endogenous hormone. I will present our current understanding of how karrikins are perceived by plants and how karrikin signaling is attenuated through feedback control mechanisms.