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Harvard biology professor to give 2009 Gairdner Lecture at McMaster

Published: October 20, 2009
Richard Losick
Richard Losick, a molecular biologist and Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology at Harvard University

An internationally renowned scientist who has made significant discoveries in cell biology will be speaking to faculty and students at McMaster University as part of national program that brings the winners of the 2009 Gairdner Awards to Canadian universities.

Richard Losick will deliver the 2009 Gairdner Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, room 1102.

The Harvard University professor received a 2009 Canada Gairdner International Award in recognition of his discovery of mechanisms that define cell polarity and asymmetric cell division — processes key in cell differentiation and in the generation of cell diversity.

Established through the Gairdner Foundation, the Canada Gairdner International Awards honour biomedical scientists from around the world for outstanding discoveries or contributions to medical science. A key element of the Gairdner Foundation’s vision is to inspire Canadian researchers, including the next generation, to achieve world-class levels of scientific excellence.

Losick’s work is focused on the molecular events that underlie the ability of bacterium to undergo asymmetric division to produce a dormant cell known as a spore, and one that nurtures the spore. His findings have provided the essential underpinnings for new approaches with potential to prevent bacterial disease and to preserve human health.

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