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

The 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.

This year we are excited to announce, on October 26th Dr. Rachel Green from John Hopkins University School of Medicine will here speaking on “Ribosome collisions trigger cell fate signaling pathways”.  Dr. Kim Orth from the University of Texas presented, “Black Spot, Black Death, Black Pearl:  The tales of Bacterial Effectors in 2019”.  Dr. Wes Sundquist from the University of Utah will delivered the 2018 Woody Lecture, describing his research into the structure and biochemistry of the ESCRT proteins that facilitate membrane rearrangements and vesicle formation during intracellular transport, and these proteins also play major roles in the assembly of enveloped viruses such as HIV.

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.

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.

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.