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| Rick Horwitz, Ph.D.
Allen Institute for Cell Science
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Networking lunch to start at 11:30AM, followed by presentation 12:00PM - 1:00PM
3rd floor Coffman Memorial Union,
“The Allen Institute for Cell Science: Integrated and multi-scale, spatial-temporal cell biology”
Abstract: A major goal of cell science is to understand and predict cellular behaviors, promising major insights into homeostasis, disease, development and regeneration as well as new approaches to manipulate them. Most cellular behaviors result from the organization of cellular components into discrete functional units, i.e., molecular machines and regulatory complexes, that operate locally and transiently. The localized organization and activity, in turn, arise from the subsets of genes expressed, posttranslational modifications, and the cellular environment, often resulting from the repurposing and specialization of canonical cellular components.
Rick Horwitz is the inaugural Executive Director of the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle. Previously, he was a University Professor and Harrison Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia. He also served as the Director of the Cell Migration Consortium: an NIH-funded multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary collaboration. Previously, he served as the Head of the nascent Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Illinois and was a Professor of Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Rick earned his B.A. in the Honors Program at UW Madison, majoring in chemistry (math, physics). He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics at Stanford University and did postdoctoral research in NMR at at UC Berkeley. He has served on numerous strategic planning, editorial and advisory committees and organized several international meetings. Rick is known for his pioneering and leadership roles in cell adhesion, migration, and live-cell imaging.