2017 Carolyn and Charles Knobler Lecture

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Professor Michael Hagan (Brandeis University) gave the 3rd annual Carolyn & Charles Knobler Lecture on April 24th. 

The lecture, titled “Dynamical Assembly Pathways of Viruses and Bacterial Microcompartments“, was well-attended by colleagues, students, and friends and was followed by a question-and-answer period and then by a reception in the Young Hall Cafe Commons. Select photos from the event are below.   

Hagan is an Associate Professor of Physics and of Quantitative Biology at Brandeis University where he is Chair of the Biological Physics Program. Hagan received a B.S.E. Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut where he conducted research with Prof. Arup Chakraborty and he received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley working in the laboratory of Prof. David Chandler.

The lectureship, made possible by the strong support of alumni, colleagues, and friends, honors Prof. Charles Knobler and his wife Dr. Carolyn Knobler who have been extraordinary contributors to the science, life, and spirit of the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry over many decades.

The 2015 inaugural Carolyn & Charles Knobler lecture was given by Prof. Donald Hilvert (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) and the 2016 lecture was given by Prof. Sharon Glotzer (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor).

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In his welcoming remarks, Professor William Gelbart spoke about the Knoblers and the history of the lectureship.  

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The Young Hall conference room was filled to capacity.

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At the reception following the lecture – Dr. Carolyn Knobler, Prof. Charles Knobler, Prof. Michael Hagan.

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(Left) Students and faculty visited with Hagan at the reception following the lecture. (Right) Professor Jaime Ruiz-Garcia, a sabbatical visitor to the Department this year, from the Institute of Physics at the University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico, speaks with Hagan.

Photos by Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.