Thursday 31st July 2014,
Imagine Science Films

The Fly Room Lecture Series

In collaboration with Pioneer Works, a Lecture Series in The Fly Room emphasizing the importance of the discoveries of The Fly Room in today’s top research labs. From color vision to human disease, the fruit fly has been the unsung hero of the last 100 years of research

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PIONEER WORKS // 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

LECTURES ARE HELD WEEKLY IN THE FLY ROOM AT PIONEER WORKS — Time: 7pm

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MENDEL TO MORGAN AND BEYOND

Stuart Firestein & Martin Chalfie
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 7pm (OPENING)

The science of genetics from its beginnings in pea pods to the whole human genome by way of Thomas Hunt Morgan and his flies.

Stuart Firestein is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, where his laboratory is researching the vertebrate olfactory receptor neuron

Martin Chalfie is a University Professor at Columbia University and uses the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans to investigate aspects of nerve cell development and function. He introduced the use of green fluorescent protein as a biological marker for which he shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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MUSIC AND THE BRAIN

Darcy Kelley
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 7pm

So what is it about music that makes it powerful and evocative? Courtship songs could have the key.

Darcy Kelley is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Darcy Kelley’s research uses the South African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, to study the neurobiology of social communication
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THE COLOR OF GENES, OR THE GENES FOR COLOR

Claude Desplan
Thursday, August 8, 2013 7pm

Claude Desplan is a Silver Professor in the Department of Biology at New York University. Using Drosophila as a model system, Claude Desplan’s laboratory focuses on understanding the development and functioning of the visual system that underlies color vision.
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BIOLOGICAL CLOCKS

Michael W. Young
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 7pm

Michael W. Young is a Richard and Jeanne Fisher Professor at the Laboratory of Genetics at The Rockefeller University. He is one of the pioneers in discovering the molecular basis of circadian rhythms, the first demonstration of a molecular mechanism for behavior. Circadian rhythms–cyclic responses synchronized to the period of the day–are a fundamental aspect of behavior in humans and all other animals
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GERM CELLS ARE FOREVER: OR HOW TO MAKE AND PROTECT THE NEXT GENERATION

Ruth Lehmann
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7pm

Born in Cologne, Germany, Ruth Lehmann was introduced to developmental biology first in Gerold Schubiger’s lab at the University of Washington, Seattle and then during her Diploma thesis in the laboratory of the late Jose Campos Ortega at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she described the neurogenic genes in Drosophila. She completed her doctoral thesis in 1985 in the laboratory of nobel laureate Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard, where she participated in the identification of maternal effect genes that organize the embryonic axis in Drosophila. After postdoctoral training in Tübingen and at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge, UK in the laboratory of the late Mike Wilcox, she joined the Whitehead Institute and the faculty of MIT in 1988. Molecular characterization of nanos, pumilio and oskar in her lab showed that RNA localization within a cell is tightly linked to translational regulation. In 1996, she moved to the Skirball Institute at NYU School of Medicine where she is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Here she used genetics and live-imaging methods to demonstrate the role of lipid signaling in germ cell migration. Dr. Lehmann is the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Professor of Developmental Genetics and the Director of the Skirball Institute. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts Sciences and the foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences and a foreign associate of EMBO. Her lab uses genetic, molecular and high resolution imaging approaches to study germ cell specification, migration and survival in the embryo as well as germ line stem cell maintenance and transgenerational protection of the germ line in the adult.