President's Distinguished Lecturers
Friday, March 13
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
President's Distinguished Lecture I
Prof. Steitz is the Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry at Yale University. Prof. Steitz is one of the leading scientists in her field, and is internationally recognized for her work in discovering and establishing the structures and functions of non-coding (nc)RNAs in vertebrate (mostly mammalian) cells.
Among her several awards acquired in her career, in 2018, Prof. Steitz was awarded the Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement in Science Award in Medical Science not only for her leadership in RNA biology, but also her dedication to scientific mentorship as she has trained almost 200 scientists either as postdoctoral fellows or PhD students.
Saturday, March 14
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
President's Distinguished Lecture II
Dr. Rossant is President and Scientific Director of the Gairdner Foundation, and Senior Scientist and Chief of Research Emeritus at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
She is an internationally recognized developmental and stem cell biologist, exploring the origins of stem cells in the early embryo and their applications to understanding and treating human disease.