The Staples Lecture and Seminar Series in Biochemistry.

Seminars are schedule on Mondays during the fall semester in Hitchner Hall 203, 1:30-2:30PM (unless noted otherwise)




22-Oct   Dr. Michael Mansour  Host: Department Undergraduates

29-Oct  Dr. Craig Forrest, UAMS  Host: Dr. Maginnis


14-16 Nov     Staples Lectureship  Dr. David Bartel, the Whitehead Inst. MIT –HHMI   Hosts: Drs. Croall and King


Small RNAs that Regulate Genes and Treat Diseases

Thursday           November 15           4:30PM

 McIntire Room, Buchanan Alumni House


Research Seminar 1

MicroRNAs and Other Regulatory RNAs

Thursday           November 15           11:00AM

Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, ERSB


Research Seminar 2

The Dynamics of Cytoplasmic mRNA Metabolism

Friday           November 16           1:00PM

 Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, ERSB





The generous donation of alumnus Basil Staples has enabled the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences to create the Staples Lecture and Seminar Series. The intent of this endowment is to bring distinguished biochemists and molecular biologists to Maine for seminars and informal discussions with our students and faculty. Staples Distinguished Lecturers usually are in residence for several days to one week to present two or three research seminars and a public lecture on the visitor’s science at a level appropriate for a more general audience. Some of our past Staples Lecturers have taken this opportunity to discuss a topic of particular social or educational importance in which they have been involved.

Past Staples Lecturers include: Drs. Paul Berg*, Thomas R. Cech*, Philip Cohen, Nicholas R. Cozzarelli, Leroy E. Hood, Hugh Huxley, Stuart Kornfeld, Harvey F. Lodish, Tom Maniatis, and Maxine Singer. The Staples Seminar Series brings prestigious scientists to the University of Maine to present a single research seminar. Past Staples Seminar Speakers include: Drs. Linda Birnbaum, Bob Buchanan, Peter Devreotes, Nina Fedoroff, Arthur Lesk, Ralph Quatrano, Joan Ruderman, and Robert Wells. Staples Alumni Series. Staples Seminars have also enabled current undergraduate and graduate students to hear seminars by and meet with successful alumni of the Department. These Staples Alumni include: Drs. Howard Fields and Phil Hinds.

* Nobel Laureate