June 22 • Capital Club, San Jose
University of California, Santa Cruz
2017 breakthrough prize laureate
Harry Noller in the RNA Center
exploring biology's dark matter: RNA

Chancellor George Blumenthal invites you to join him in recognizing
Breakthrough Prize Laureate
Harry Noller
for his extraordinary achievements in the life sciences.

Joining Noller in conversation are researchers from the
UC Santa Cruz Center for Molecular Biology of RNA
where scientists chart the largely unknown territory of RNA—the “dark matter” of biology.

Thursday, June 22

6 p.m. Wine reception followed by program
Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 W San Fernando St, San Jose
The Silicon Valley Capital Club is located on the 17th floor of the KQED building.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, June 15

Questions? Contact the UC Santa Cruz Special Events Office at (831) 459-5003 or specialevents@ucsc.edu.

Kraw Lecture Series

This evening is part of the Kraw Lecture Series on science and technology.

Harry Noller
Harry Noller is professor emeritus of molecular, cell, and developmental biology. Noller received the 2017 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his study of the ribosome, the tiny structure of the cell that Noller calls the “mothership of life.” Noller’s research revealed the structure of the ribosome and how it works, pointing unexpectedly to the functional role of RNA. His insights are taking us right to the brink of understanding the very origins of life on the planet. We invite you to learn more about Noller and the profound impact of his work and enjoy this video.
Jeremy Sanford
Jeremy Sanford is an assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology. He will discuss how RNA binding proteins illuminate human disease, as well as our basic understanding of gene regulatory mechanisms.

Susan Carpenter
Susan Carpenter is an assistant professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology. She will address harnessing long noncoding RNAs to diagnose and treat inflammatory disorders.
Daniel Kim
Daniel Kim is an assistant professor of biomolecular engineering. He will talk about his work elucidating cancer through RNA dark matter.
More information
RNA Center
UC Santa Cruz Center for Molecular Biology of RNA
UC Santa Cruz is the world’s premier center for the study of RNA, with 16 laboratories representing every area of RNA science. Our scientists pioneered the structural and functional analysis of ribosomes, invented the first genome browser, and launched the field of RNA genomics. The Center’s areas of focus include RNA and disease, the human genome, and advancing technology such as nanopore sequencing.
Breakthrough prize award
The Breakthrough Prize
This international prize was established by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang to honor important, recent achievements in fundamental physics, life sciences, and mathematics. Committees of previous laureates choose the winners from candidates nominated in a process that’s online and open to the public.
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