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On Saturday, November 10, 2018,
in recognition of their crucial contributions to the science of electron cryo-microscopy,
the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry awarded the 2018 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal to

Dr. Richard Henderson
Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2017
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
and Dr. Robert Glaeser
Professor Emeritus
University of California, Berkeley
Richard Henderson, David Eisenberg, Robert Glaeser with medals
Photo Gallery
"The Revolution in Electron Cryo-Microscopy"
David Eisenberg
  Dr. David Eisenberg
Paul D. Boyer Professor of Biochemistry, UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Welcoming Remarks
Jose Rodriguez
  Dr. Jose Rodriguez (Introduction by Dr. David Eisenberg, UCLA)
Howard Reiss Career Development Chair, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
"New Frontiers in Electron Diffraction: Resolving Amyloids with Atomic Detail"
Elizabeth Villa

Dr. Elizabeth Villa (Introduction by Dr. Juli Feigon, UCLA)
Division of Biological Sciences, University of California, San Diego
"Opening Windows into the Cell: Bringing Structure and Molecular Context to Cell Biology Using Cryo-Electron Microscopy"

Robert Glaeser
  Dr. Robert Glaeser (Introduction by Dr. Tamir Gonen, UCLA)
University of California, Berkeley
"Single-particle Cryo-EM: The Quest for Improvements in Specimen Preparation and Image Contrast"
Richard Henderson
  Dr. Richard Henderson (Introduction by Dr. Z. Hong Zhou, UCLA)
Nobel Laureate Chemistry 2017
Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge
"The CryoEM Revolution in Structural Biology"
Hong Zhou
  Dr. Z. Hong Zhou
Professor, UCLA Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
Closing Remarks

Dr. Robert Glaeser (Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley) is a biophysicist and structural biologist who grew up in Wisconsin, where he obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing the Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, he spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow in Oxford and a second year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. He then returned to Berkeley as a faculty member and as a Staff Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His University service includes a 5-year term as Divisional Dean of Biological Sciences, and his professional service includes a term as president of the Microscopy Society of America and a term as council member of the Biophysical Society. His professional honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Alexander von Humboldt Award, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Richard Henderson (MRC Laboratory of Microbiology, Cambridge) is a Scottish biophysicist and molecular biologist who was the first to successfully produce a three-dimensional image of a biological molecule at atomic resolution using a technique known as cryo-electron microscopy. Henderson's refinement of imaging methods for cryo-electron microscopy, in which biomolecules are frozen in such a way that allows them to retain their natural shape and are then visualized with a high-resolution microscope, enabled researchers to capture images of numerous biomolecular structures that previously could not be imaged by other means. He was awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (shared with biophysicists Jacques Dubochet and Joachim Frank) for his work.

Paul Alivisatos  

On Saturday, November 23, 2019,
The UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
will award the 2019 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal to

Dr. Paul Alivisatos
Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology,
Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering,
University of California, Berkeley

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