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Release: Oct. 9, 2002
UI hosts distinguished biochemist as Ida Beam Lecturer Oct. 23-24
Many of the strategies and approaches used to analyze the human genome were
originally developed to analyze the genome of a much simpler organism, baker's
yeast. One of the pioneers of that research on the yeast genome will visit
the University of Iowa campus later this month to give a public lecture and
to meet with students and faculty. André Goffeau, Ph.D., internationally
renowned biochemist and recently retired "Professor Extraordinaire"
of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, will visit the University
of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Oct. 23-24.
His free, public lecture, "The Contribution of Yeast to Human Genomics"
will be presented at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 in the South Room of the Iowa
Memorial Union. An informal question and answer session will follow his presentation.
Goffeau will discuss the profound influence the science of genomics has had
on today's biological sciences. He also will highlight the long-term prospects
of using genomics to develop novel medical applications.
Goffeau also is scheduled to present a research seminar, "Multiple
Drug Resistance in Yeast," noon, Wednesday, Oct. 23, Room 5-669, Bowen
Goffeau is a pioneer in the analysis of genomes of eukaryotes, which are
organisms containing chromosomes organized into a nucleus. Humans as well
as yeast and plants are eukaryotic organisms. Goffeau initiated, coordinated
and directed the sequencing of baker's yeast, the first eukaryotic organism
to be completely sequenced. The work was conducted in laboratories in Belgium,
the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.
Goffeau is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
and of the National Academies of Belgium, France and Brazil. He has been awarded
numerous honorary degrees and medals including Prix Quinquenal Jean Maisin
du FRNS (Belgium), the Hansen Gold Medal (Denmark), the Gold Medals from the
Universities of Wroclaw (Poland) and Charles V (Czech Republic), and an honorary
degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris).
Goffeau's visit is supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting
Professorships Program. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to
the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish
the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, this program
has brought hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists to the UI campus.
Other UI sponsors for Goffeau's visit are the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver
College of Medicine, and the UI department of physiology and biophysics.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to
participate should contact the department of physiology and biophysics at
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UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services
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