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CALENDAR ITEM: MU Hosts 30th Annual Missouri Life Sciences Week

April 19th, 2014

Story Contact: Jeff Sossamon, 573-882-3346,

WHAT: The 30th annual Missouri Life Sciences Week celebrates MU’s depth and breadth of research in human and animal health, the environment, world food supply, fuels and more.

This annual celebration of life sciences began in 1985 as a means of bringing together a wide variety of biological researchers to learn from one another and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, a novel concept in scientific research at the time.

The event has grown to attract hundreds of participants from students, researchers and academics to business leaders and policy makers.

Outreach events include an event for high school science students and teachers and a research poster session showcasing nearly 300 important research projects presented by undergraduate, graduate, staff and faculty researchers.

Presenters include:

  • Sabeeha Merchant, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and distinguished professor of biochemistry in the Molecular Biology Institute at the University of California – Los Angeles, will give her presentation, “Discovery of metabolic flexibility in chlamydomonas through genomics” at 3:30 p.m., Monday April 14, in Monsanto Auditorium in the Bond Life Sciences Center.
  • Robert Gallo, founder and director of The Institute of Human Virology and member of the National Academy of Sciences, became known worldwide when he co-discovered HIV as the cause of AIDS. He will present his seminar, “A journey with blood cells and viruses,” at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in Monsanto Auditorium in the Bond Life Sciences Center.
  • Ed Seguine, president, Seguine Cacao and Chocolate Advisors, will present his lecture “Chocolate now and future: where demand, sustainability and flavor intersect,” at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in Monsanto Auditorium in the Bond Life Sciences Center.
  • Lloyd Sumner, professor of biochemistry at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, will deliver the Charles W. Gehrke Distinguished Lecture, “Integrated metabolomics for natural product gene discovery in Medicago truncatula,” at 1 p.m., Friday, April 18, in Monsanto Auditorium in the Bond Life Sciences Center.

WHERE: MU campus, see conference website for details.

WHEN: Monday, April 14 – Saturday, April 19

NOTE: For more information, to download schedule and for poster session information please visit: