Distinguished Lecture Series

 
The UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry Distinguished Lecture Series is a department-wide colloquium in a special week once per quarter when there are no other seminars in our department. Since beginning the series in 2013, we have invited some of the world’s most accomplished and engaging scientists to speak - Nobel Laureate Frances Arnold (Caltech), David Baker (University of Washington), Zhenan Bao (Stanford), Jacqueline Barton (Caltech), Emily Carter (UCLA), Nobel Laureate Thomas Cech (University of Colorado, Boulder), Francois Diederich (ETH Zurich), Jennifer Doudna (UC Berkeley), Harry Gray (Caltech), Sharon Hammes-Schiffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Barry Honig (Columbia), Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg (Stanford), Yi Lu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Victoria Orphan (Caltech), Kimberly Prather (UCSD, Scripps), Douglas Rees (Caltech), JoAnne Stubbe (MIT), George Whitesides (Harvard). Their lectures have consistently encouraged thought-provoking conversations and ideas.
 
Nobel Laureate Professor Ben FeringaUniversity of Groningen, was scheduled to give the Spring 2020 Distinguished Lecture but his lecture was cancelled due to the pandemic.  We hope to reschedule his lecture once the campus reopens and events can take place safely.
 
All of the lectures are open to the public. While the research covered in the lectures is meant to appeal to a broad range of chemists and biochemists, the lectures also include a general introduction to the research for those who are further separated in research expertise.
 
Questions about the Distinguished Lecture Series can be directed to Marla Gonzalez, marla@chem.ucla.edu, 310-825-7071.
 
Photos: (Top row) Ken Houk and Francois Diederich, Doug Rees, Paul Weiss and Kim Prather, Thomas Cech, Sabeeha Merchant and JoAnne Stubbe, Harry Gray and Joan Valentine. (Bottom row) Yi Lu, audience during Q&A, Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, David Baker, Jacqueline Barton, audience during Q&A.