May 6, 2019

Welcome to the Connell Symposium!
Presentations by notable biologists

The inaugural symposium to celebrate the new Biological Sciences Building at the University of Michigan will include:

Joanne Chory
Professor and Director, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology

Joanne Chory has spent more than 25 years using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model for plant growth. She has pioneered the use of molecular genetics to study how plants respond to their environment and has made major discoveries surrounding how plants sense light and make growth hormones. Chory and her team run a vertically integrated program, using genetics, genomics, cell biology, x-ray crystallography, biochemistry and ecological approaches. This has allowed them to determine one of the most complex signaling networks that control growth and development in response to environmental change.


Randy W. Schekman, PhD
Professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an adjunct professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. HHMI Investigator.

His research is focused on the process of membrane assembly, vesicular transport, and membrane fusion among organelles of the secretory pathway.


Thomas Sudhof,  Avram Goldstein Professor,  School of Medicine, Stanford University

Schekman and Südhof shared the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with James Rothman for their ground-breaking work on cell membrane vesicle trafficking.


The Connell lecture series has an illustrious history of presentations by Nobel Laureates and members of the National Academy of Sciences. You can see past presenters on our past lectures page.


Chory image: Salk Institute

Sheckman image:  eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd,
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