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2020-2021 Sigman Symposium

April 15, 2021 10:00 am
Where Online via Zoom
Speaker Professor Catherine Drennan


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The UCLA Molecular Biology Institute (MBI) will hold the 2020-2021 Sigman Symposium in honor of Professor David Sigman (1939-2001), who was an internationally renowned UCLA professor of chemistry and biological chemistry who illuminated the molecular mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze biological reactions and was one of the founding members of the MBI.

2020-2021 Sigman Award Honoree:

Professor Catherine Drennan
Departments of Chemistry and Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and
the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Kenote Address: “Shake, Rattle, & Roll:Capturing Snapshots of Ribonucleotide Reductase in Action”

Symposium Schedule – Thursday, April 15, 2021 – 10 am to 1:30 pm

  • Tribute to David Sigman: Prof. Steven Clarke
  • Guest Speaker: Prof. Douglas Rees (Caltech):
    “The Ns and Outs of Nitrogen Fixation”
  • Keynote introduction/award presentation: Prof. Keriann Backus
  • Keynote address: Prof. Catherine Drennan
  • Poster Session and Poster Prize Announcement

PosteSession: The poster session will feature immersion in an 8-bit world complete with “walking” around to interact with poster presenters and attendees, games, and more while providing an opportunity to share your science with our awardee, members of the UCLA community, and have a chance to win one of our poster prizes! Poster prizes will include Best Poster Prizes (up to four $250 prizes) and Honorable mention prizes (up to four $100 prizes) and will be selected with an audience voting component. All UCLA students and postdocs studying in any area of biology or chemistry are eligible to submit. To present a poster please fill out the google form with your poster title by Friday, April 2, 2021 and submit a png, jpeg, or gif image file of your poster to SigmanSymposium2021@gmail.com  by Tuesday April 6, 2021. Poster prize winners will be announced after the poster session in a gather.town award ceremony.   

For more information about the Sigman Symposium or poster session please visit the MBI website or email SigmanSymposium2021@gmail.com

Professor Catherine Drennan

Professor Catherine Drennan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Professor of Biology and Chemistry; Investigator and Professor