Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

Dirk Trauner, NYU, 13.07.2017, @ 11:00, DKFZ Main Auditorium


Talk Title: Fighting Cancer and Restoring Vision with Photopharmacology


The broad objective of Prof. Trauner’s research is to demonstrate the awesome power of chemical synthesis with challenging target molecules and to use it toward the establishment of synthetic biological pathways. He is well known for his pioneering contributions to Optogenetics and Photopharmacology, using synthetic photoswitches to confer light-sensitivity to a broad range of targets. The chemical tools he developed are particularly useful in neuroscience and cell biology but also hold promise as precision therapeutics. Despite his extensive forays into biology and physiology Dr. Trauner remains an organic chemist at heart, as evidenced by the synthesis (and anticipation) of more than one hundred natural products.

Dirk Trauner has been awarded the 2016 Emil Fischer Medal and the 2016 Otto Bayer Award and is a Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is also the recipient of the Kitasato Medal, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, an ERC Advanced Grant, and the Austrian Chemical Society Award for the best thesis in 1997. He sits on the editorial advisory board of ACS Central Science, ACS Chemical Neuroscience, Cell Chemical Biology and Chem. His students have taken positions at many leading pharmaceutical companies and universities. 

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Host: A. Miller

Ali Shilatifard, Northwestern, 21.09.2017, @ 11:00, DKFZ Main Aiditorium


Talk Title: to be announced


Ali Shilatifard is considered a leader in the field of transcription and chromatin biology and leukemia research; and a pioneer in the field of epigenetics. Shilatifard is the Robert Francis Furchgott Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He serves as a Senior Editor for the journal Science, Deputy Editor for Science Advances, and as an Editor for the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology and serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors for eLife. Shilatifard’s laboratory has contributed significantly to the molecular understanding of the cause of childhood leukemia through chromosomal translocations, the role of ELL in this process, and the discovery of the Super Elongation Complex as being a central complex linking MLL translocations into a diverse number of genes to leukemic pathogenesis. Shilatifard’s studies and contributions are highly cited across many scientific fields. Shilatifard was recognized as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow; recipient of the ASBMB-AMGEN Young Investigator Award; as a Scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; and by the American Cancer Society. Shilatifard serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Max Planck Society; Genentech; and Keystone Symposia.

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Host: D. Tschaharganeh

Richard Gilbertson, CRUKCI, 26.10.2017, @ 11:00, DKFZ Main Auditorium


Talk Title: to be announced


Professor Richard Gilbertson is Director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre at Cambridge University, and has dedicated his career to understanding more about childhood brain tumours.

His research has helped to identify that there are different types of medulloblastoma and ependymoma – two of the most common kind of childhood brain tumour.  His work showed these types are completely different from the start – they begin from different cells in the brain and have different faults in their DNA. He and his team are using this knowledge to search for new drugs that target the different DNA mistakes in each type of medulloblastoma and ependymoma.

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Host: S. Pfister

John Wherry, University of Pennsylvania, June 4th 2018 @ 15:00 - DKFZ Main Auditorium
Edith Heard, Collège de France, (New Date tbd)

Past Speakers

Karen Vousden, CRUK, 22.05.2017, @ 15:00, DKFZ Main Auditorium

Kari Alitalo, Institute of Biomedicine Biomedicum Helsinki, 23.03.2017

Klaus Rajewsky, MDC, 16.03.2017

Ruud Delwel - Erasmus MC, February 06

Gary Felsenfeld - February 03, 2017

Erwin Böttinger - December 13th, 2016 at 11:30 - K1/K2, DKFZ Communication Center

Min Li - The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

October 20, 2016

Thomas Boehm - Max-Planck-Institut für Immunbiologie

September Friday 30, 2016

Scott Lowe - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

September Thursday 22, 2016

Diane Mathis - Harvard

September  13, 2016

Bryan R. Cullen - Duke University

July, Thursday 14, 2016

Peter Adams - University of Glasgow

June Thursday 16, 2016

Ulrik Ringborg - Karolinska Institute

June 6, 2016

Michail Sitkovsky - Northeastern University

May 03, 2016

Sean Morrison - UT Southwestern

April 07, 2016

Jonathan Weissman - UCSF

Jan 26, 2016

Yasuhiro Yamada: Seminar with Keynote Speaker for the epigenetics@dkfz Workshop

January 14, 2016

Jens Brüning - Max-Planck-Institut

Nov 5, 2015

Michel Nussenzweig - The Rockefeller University

October 2015

Wei Zheng - Vanderbilt University

August 2015

Susan Lindquist - MIT / Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

July 2015

Paul Workmann - The Institute of Cancer Research

June 2015

Richard Pestell - Kimmel Cancer Center / Thomas Jefferson University

June 2015

Judith Campisi - Buck Institute

May 2015

Kenneth Anderson - Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

April 2015

Louis Staudt - NIH/NCI

March 2015

Adrian Hayday - London Research Institute

March 2015

Scott A. Armstrong - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

February 2015

Reinhard Büttner - Universitätsklinikum Köln

February 2015

Seamus Martin - Trinity College Dublin

February 2015

Toshikazu Ushijima - NCCRI

January 2015

Martin Schwab - ETH Zuerich

December 2014

René Ketting - IBM Mainz

November 2014

Cathrine Wu - Dana Farber / Harvard Cancer Center

October 2014

Peter McKinnon - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

September 2014

Stefan Hell - Max Planck Institute

September 2014

Yang Shi - Harvard Medical School

September 2014

Laurence Zitvogel - Institut National de la Santé et Recherche Médicale

July 2014

Varda Rotter - Weizmann Institute of Science

July 2014

Vincenzo Bronte - University of Verona

June 03, 2014

Dennis Lo - The Chinese University of Hong Kong

May 09, 2014

Richard Kolodner - Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, UCSD

April 25, 2014

David A. Williams - Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Mar 18, 2014

Paul Soloway - Cornell University

Jan 23, 2014

Anton Berns - NCI Netherlands

Dec 16, 2013

Johanna Lampe - Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dec 4, 2013

Dennis Discher - University of Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2013

David Spector - Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Oct 7, 2013

Rob Wechsler-Reya - Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

Sep 19, 2013

Jim Kaufman - University of Cambridge

July 2, 2013

Ivan Dikic - IBCII

June 24, 2013

George Prendergast - Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

May 13, 2013

Judy Garber - Harvard Medical School

May 6, 2013

Peter Fraser - Babraham Research Campus, Cambridge, UK

April 11, 2013

Giorgio Trinchieri - NIH

March 26, 2013

Marie Hardwick - Johns Hopkins

Feb 15, 2013

Josef Penninger - IMBA, Vienna

Jan 14, 2013

Manel Esteller - University of Barcelona

Jan 11, 2013

Fiona Watt - Cancer Research UK & Kings College London

Nov 21, 2012

Gerard Evan - University of Cambridge

Oct 18, 2012

K.J. Patel - MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge UK

Sept 19, 2012

Mariano Barbacid - CNIO, Spain

July 17, 2012

Christine Friedenreich - Alberta Health Services & University of Calgary, Canada

July 2, 2012

Gary Gallick - MD Anderson Cancer Center

June 11, 2012

Burkhard Becher - University Hospital of Zurich

June 26, 2012

Mark Rubin - Weill Cornell Medical College

May 21, 2012

Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg - University of Maryland, USA

April 17, 2012

Hongjun Song - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

April 2, 2012

Helle Ulrich - London Research Institute, Cancer Research UK

February 23, 2012

Rakesh Jain - Harvard

February 21, 2012

Joseph Costello - University of California San Francisco

January 16, 2012

Pier Giuseppe Pelicci - IFOM-IEO Campus, Milano Italy

November 24, 2011

Danny Welch - University of Alabama at Birmingham

July 11, 2011

Dmitry Gabrilovich - H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

June 9, 2011

Witold Zatonski - Maria Skłodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center, Warsaw

May 9, 2011

Christine Ambrosone - Roswell Park Cancer Institute

April 20, 2011

William Earnshaw - University of Edinburgh

March 1, 2011

Jörn Walter - Universität des Saarlandes

January 17, 2011
11:00 DKFZ Hörsaal

Anne Ridley - Kings College London

September 23, 2010

Jiri Bartek - Research Cancer Institute of Cancer Biology, Copenhagen

June 17, 2010

Michael Taylor - Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

May 28, 2010

Nancy Hynes - Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI), Switzerland

April 29, 2010

Allan Balmain - Univeristy of California San Francisco, USA

March 24, 2010

Peter Laird - University of Southern California Epigenome Center

February 24, 2010

Benoit Van den Eynde - Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Belgium

December 2, 2009

Roberto Cattaneo - Mayo Clinic, USA

November 18, 2009

Erich Nigg - Biozentrum, University of Basel

October 22, 2009

Ewan Birney - European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL)

July 23 2009

Irving Weissman - Stanford University

June 10 2009

Tom Rapoport - Harvard Medical School & HHMI

April 27 2009

Stephan Beck - University College London Cancer Institute

March 9 2009

Susan Gasser - Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel

Feb. 19 2009

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