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One of America's top scientists to visit UTHSC

He created one of science's major breakthroughs in genetic research, received the 2001 Lasker Award, also known as America's Nobel Prize, and at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 19, Oliver Smithies, Ph.D., will give the keynote address at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC) 2002 Annual Graduate Student Association Research forum, "Scientific Crossroads: The Ripple Effect of Great Science."

The Excellence Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Dr. Smithies is widely known to excite lay audiences about science's potential. His invention, high-resolution gel electrophoresis, has enabled scientists to separate proteins quickly and easily, an important process in genetic and biochemical research.

Dr. Smithies' Lasker Award, the nation's most distinguished honor for outstanding contributions to basic science, recognized his pioneering research using mouse embryonic stem cells to create "knockout" mice as animal models of human disease. Sixty-three Lasker Award winners have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize.

Other distinguished speakers include UTHSC's Susan L. Naylor, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology, and Richard F. Luduena, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry.

Contact: Aileen Salinas