The Robert W. and A-Young M. Woody Lecture Series

WoodysThe Robert W. and A-Young M. Woody Lecture Series was established by Dr. Robert and Dr. A-Young Woody to provide an endowed lectureship series for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The lectureship series enables the department to invite distinguished scientists to campus to deliver lectures and to meet with faculty, students and postdoctoral research associates.

Dr. Carlos Bustamante (UC-Berkeley) presented the inaugural lecture in the Robert W. and A-Young M. Woody Lectureship Series entitled, “Grabbing the cat by the tail: Discrete steps by a DNA packaging motor and the inter-subunit coordination in a ring-ATPase,” on Thursday, March 3, 2011.

The second lecture in the series, “Quantitative analysis of the mechanisms of cellular motility, endocytosis and cytokinesis,” was given by Dr. Thomas Pollard (Yale University), on March 14, 2014. Dr. Pollard pioneered the use of a combination of biochemistry, biophysics, microscopy and genetics to investigate how cells control the assembly and disassembly of actin filaments during cellular movements.

Robert Woody received a B.S. in Chemistry from Iowa State College in 1958 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962.  A-Young M. Woody received a B.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1964.  Robert and A-Young were faculty members in the Department of Biochemistry at Colorado State University from 1975 until their retirements in 2008 and 2004, respectively.