IUBMB JUBILEE LECTURERS

James D. Lewis

Gary D. Wu & James D. Lewis, University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Lessons learned from interventional studies on diet and the human gut microbiome”

Given at the 2020 Miami Winter Symposium on “Molecular Mechanisms Linking the Microbiome and Human Health”
January 26-29, 2020, Miami, Florida, USA

Melissa Moore

Melissa Moore, Moderna Therapeutics INc., USA
“mRNA as medicine”

Given at the 25th Annual meeting of the RNA Society
May 26-31, 2020, Vancouver, BC, CA (Virtual Meeting)

In her role as Chief Scientific Officer of Moderna’s research platform, Dr. Melissa Moore is responsible for leading mRNA biology, delivery and computation science research at Moderna. Dr. Moore’s academic research encompassed a broad array of topics related to the roles of RNA and RNA-protein (RNP) complexes in gene expression, and touched on many human diseases including cancer, neurodegeneration and preeclampsia. Upon joining Moderna, Dr. Moore has retained her academic affiliation with UMMS as a part-time faculty member.

Jack Szostack
*Credit photo by Li Huang

Jack Szostack, Harvard Medical School, USA
“Clues to the Origins of RNA from the Chemistry of Nonenzymatic RNA Copying ”Melissa Moore, Moderna Therapeutics INc., USA

“mRNA as medicine”

Given at the 25th Annual meeting of the RNA Society
May 26-31, 2020, Vancouver, BC, CA (Virtual Meeting)

Dr. Szostak is a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and the Alex Rich Distinguished Investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Szostak’s research on telomeres, the DNA at the ends of chromosomes, contributed to our current understanding of cancer and aging, and was recognized by the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Szostak’s current research interests are in the laboratory synthesis of artificial cells and the origin of life on the early Earth.