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The program includes a keynote lecture to be given by Rachel Green. Other speakers will be selected from submitted abstracts.

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Title: TBD

Rachel Green began her scientific career majoring in chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. Her doctoral work was performed in the laboratory of Jack

Szostak at Harvard University where she studied RNA enzymes and developed methodologies for evolving RNAs in vitro. She came to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1998 following post-doctoral work in Harry Noller’s lab at University of California Santa Cruz where she began her work on ribosomes.


Her laboratory is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms that are at the heart of protein synthesis and its regulation across biology. This focus allows her to still think about the earliest evolutionary steps that led to life on earth, but in a system where biological questions drive the experiments. Her laboratory uses both biochemical and genomic approaches to get at these questions in bacterial and eukaryotic systems.


Dr. Green is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University, serving as Director of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics in the School of Medicine

and faculty in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology. She has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator since 2000 and was the director of the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate program for the past five years.

She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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