Past lectureships


Picture of Dr. Svante Pääbo 1998 - Dr. Svante Pääbo, then Professor of Biology at the University of Munich, Germany and now Director of the Max Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. Dr. Pääbo gave two lectures, one October 15th, entitled, "Human DNA from a Molecular Perspective", and one October 16th, entitled "Ancient DNA as a Means to Reconstruct the History and Behavior of Extinct Animals".
Picture of Dr. J. Craig Venter 1999 - Dr. J. Craig Venter, President and Chief Scientific Officer of Celera Genomics, Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Venter's lecture, entitled, "Decoding the Human Genome", was given on October 22nd.
David Page 2001 - Dr. David Page, Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Page's lecture, entitled, "Mammalian Sex Chromosomes and Male Germ Cells: An Evolving Alliance", was given on June 15th.
Picture of Dr. Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza 2002 - Dr. Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Professor of Genetics, Emeritus, at Stanford University, Stanford Alumni Magazine. Dr. Cavalli-Sforza's lecture was entitled, "How Humans Became Human", and was given on July 19th in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Short Course on Medical and Mammalian Genetics at The Jackson Laboratory.
 Dr. Sean B. Carroll, Ph.D. 2003 Dr. Sean B. Carroll, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Wisconsin - Madison. The Carroll Lab at the University of Wisconsin Dr. Carroll's lecture was entitled "From DNA to Diversity: The Art and Evolution of Animal Design", and was given on  November 7th.

Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon 2005 - Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon is The Dr. Robert J. Glaser Distinguished University Professor and Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Mo.  He is Head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology and the Director of the Center for Genome Sciences at Washington University.  The Gordon Lab at Washington University Dr. Gordon's lecture was entitled "The Human Gut Microbiota: Terra Incognita Becomes More Cognita", and was given on June 9th.
Dr. Rosemary GrantDr. Peter Grant
2006 - Drs. B. Rosemary Grant and Peter R. Grant are members of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University, New Jersey.  They are members the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 1997) and in 2005 they were awarded the prestigious Balzan Prize.  Dr. B Rosemary Grant  Dr. Peter R. Grant  Their lecture was entitled "Evolution of Darwin's Finches", and was given on September 8th.
Dr. Eichler 2007 - Dr. Evan E. Eichler is Associate Professor and Howard Hughes Fellow in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  The Eichler Lab Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington. Dr. Eichler's lecture was entitled "Duplications, Disease and the Evolution of the Human Genome" and was given on June 15th.
Dr. Dean Falk, Professor of Anthropology

2010 - Dr. Dean Falk, Professor of Anthropology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida and Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Falk’s lecture, "The Impact of Homo floresiensis ("Hobbit") for Interpreting the Fossil Record of Human Evolution" was given on June 25, 2010.

David Kingsley

2012 - Dr. David M. Kingsley, Professor and HHMI Investigator, Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, Calif.  Dr. Kingsley’s lecture entitled, "Fishing for the Secrets of Vertebrate Evolution" was given on May 11, 2012.

Jessica Pollard

2013 - Dr. Katherine S. Pollard, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Institute for Human Genetics, University of California, San Francisco, Founder and Faculty Supervisor, Gladstone Bioinformatics Core.  Dr. Pollard’s lecture entitled, "What Makes Us Human?" was presented on September 27, 2013.