Nobel Prize-winning scientist to present lectures

by William G. Gilroy

Mario Capecchi

Mario Capecchi, the 2007 Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine, will present two lectures Tuesday (April 7) at the University of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science.

The first lecture, titled “Modeling Human Cancer in the Mouse,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 101 of Jordan Hall. The second talk, titled “The Making of a Scientist: An Unlikely Journey,” will take place at 7 p.m., also in Room 101 of Jordan Hall. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Capecchi, a faculty member at the University of Utah, has conducted pioneering work in both genetics and cancer research. He is best known for the development of “knockout mice” technology, a gene-targeting technique that has revolutionized the study of mammalian biology and led to the creation of animal models for hundreds of human diseases, including the modeling of cancers in the mouse.

Capecchi’s visit is sponsored by the John A. Lynch Lectureship in Life Sciences and coordinated by the University’s the University’s Biology Graduate Student Organization.