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Chemical Biology/LUMC Lecture: Truth Wins - How to Succeed in Biomedical Research

Wednesday 20 June 2018
Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Havinga Lecture Room

We are pleased to announce the lecture of Prof. Jonathan Yewdell from NIH. Prof Yewdell has made some major contributions to the field of cell biology and immunology, especially in the area of antigen presentation. His work sets itself apart by his ability to phrase unique questions and hypotheses, that have changed the way people have looked at e.g. the kinetics of immune processes. Jon also thinks about how Science is done a lot and in this talk he will focus on some concepts and tricks that he thinks will help younger researchers become good scientists. So expect some great Science and some interesting opinions.

Prof. Yewdell is around all afternoon on the 20th, so if you would like to meet him, please contact Sander van Kasteren to arrange an appointment.


Jon Yewdell earned his A.B. from Princeton University in Biochemistry and MD and PhD (Immunology) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. His PhD with Walter Gerhard at the Wistar Institute focused on the use of monoclonal antibodies to characterize recognition of influenza A virus by the adaptive immune system and the mechanism of antigenic drift. After a post-doc with David Lane in London working on p53, he returned to the Wistar Institute for four years to initiate studies on the cell biology of hemagglutinin biosynthesis, MHC class I recognition of viruses and immunodominance of anti-viral CD8+ T cell responses.

For the past 30 years, he has worked at NIAID studying various aspects of cell biology and adaptive immunity at the virus-host interface. His most recent work focuses on immunodominance of B cell antiviral responses and aspects of protein translation related to lymphocyte biology and the generation of MHC class I viral and tumor peptide ligands.

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