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UCSD Bioengineer to Give Noel Keen Special Lecture

Bioengineering Professor to Give 2007 Noel Keen Special Lecture at UC Riverside

UC San Diego’s Bernhard . Palsson will speak Feb. 9 on the genetic basis for adaptation

(February 7, 2007)

Bernhard . Palsson, the Galetti Professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego. Photo credit: Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego.Enlarge

Bernhard . Palsson, the Galetti Professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego. Photo credit: Jacobs School of Engineering, UC San Diego.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Bernhard . Palsson, the Galetti Professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego, will give the 2007 Noel Keen Special Lecture at UC Riverside. The lecture, entitled “The Genetic Basis for Adaptation,” will take place at 2 p.m., Feb. 9, in room 240 of the Science Library. It is free and open to the public.

Widely known for his contributions to tissue engineering strategies and for his invention of a modern technology for propagation of stem cells, Palsson also is an adjunct professor of medicine at UCSD. Beyond conducting research to improve cell separation and gene therapy technology, he has translated his projects into the launch of several start-up companies.

“Whole genome sequencing allows us to determine all mutations that follow bacterial adaptation,” Palsson said. “My talk outlines this approach and highlights the surprising findings from the first experiments.”

Born in Iceland, Palsson received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1984. He was named an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan in 1984 and promoted to associate professor in 1990. Palsson joined UCSD as a professor in 1995.

The author of more than 220 scientific papers, Palsson serves on the editorial boards of several bioengineering and biotechnology journals. His book, Systems Biology: Properties of Reconstructed Networks (Cambridge University Press, 2006), is the first textbook on the field. In addition, he coauthored the text Tissue Engineering (Prentice Hall, 2004).

Palsson received an Institute of International Education Fellowship in 1977, a Rotary fellowship in 1979, and a NATO fellowship in 1984. He was named the G.G. Brown Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in 1989. His other honors include being named a Fulbright Fellow in 1995, an Ib Henriksen Fellow in 1996, and the Olaf Hougen Professor at the University of Wisconsin in 1999. The recipient of the Lindbergh Tissue Engineering award in 2001, Palsson was named the Galetti Chair of Bioengineering at UCSD in 2004. In 2006, he was elected into the National Academy of Engineering. The same year, he received the UCSD Chancellor's Associates award in Science and Technology.

The 2007 Noel Keen Special Lecture is sponsored by UCR’s Center for Plant Cell Biology (CEPCEB). The lecture is named after one of the first supporters and CEPCEB members, the late Noel Keen, an eminent scholar who brought considerable recognition to UCR.

Following the lecture will be an award ceremony in which three awards will be handed out: the CEPCEB Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Awards for Outstanding Research designed to recognize a UCR postdoctoral fellow and a graduate student who have achieved research excellence in CEPCEB; and the Neil Campbell CEPCEB Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award that honors a UCR undergraduate in CEPCEB for his/her creativity, diligence, focus, enthusiasm and tangible research accomplishments.

For more information on the 2007 Noel Keen Special Lecture, contact Jocelyn Brimo at and/or 951-827-2152; for more information on the CEPCEB awards, contact Harley Smith at and/or 951-827-2643.

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