Join us March 14 at 3 PM in Rackham Auditorium for a lecture by Nobel Laureate biochemist Thomas Südhof: "On the molecular logic of synapse orgnization."

Dr. Thomas Südhof has had a remarkably productive career studying the molecular mechanisms controlling synaptic transmission and synaptogenesis. He is perhaps best known for his work identifying the core molecular machinery controlling the fusion of synaptic vesicles with the plasma membrane, including the calcium sensor synaptotagmin. His group also discovered neurexins and neuroligins, which are important cell-surface proteins controlling the specificity synapse formation. In recent years, his group and collaborators have explored the molecular basis of several human diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and autism.  

He has been an HHMI Investigator since 1986 and has been recognized for his fundamental contributions to neuroscience and cell/molecular biology with induction into the National Academy of Sciences (2002), the Kavli Prize (2010), the Albert Lasker Award (2013) as well as the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology. 

Following the seminar, a reception will be held in the Biological Sciences Building West Atrium under the life-size model of a pterosaur (Quetzalcoatlus northropi, the largest known flying animal to ever live on earth).

Please join us on March 14 for what will no doubt be a fascinating talk and an opportunity to meet with Dr. Südhof and members of the U-M science community.

This event is part of the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology's annual Priscilla Connell Lecture series