Hans Clevers of Utrecht University will deliver the 2019 UW–Madison Department of Biochemistry International Steenbock Lectures on May 20 and 21.
Clevers is a world leader in the field of adult stem cell biology. The signatures of his award-winning research have been defining the role of Wnt signaling in stem cell control and cancer, and launching the use of “organoids” to analyze stem cells in their 3D context within a tissue. Clever won one of the inaugural Breakthrough Prizes in the Life Sciences in 2013, and has also received many other honors over the course of his career.
“I am thrilled to welcome Hans to UW–Madison, on behalf of the Department of Biochemistry,” says biochemistry professor Judith Kimble, his seminar host. “Hans is an inspirational scientist and his talks are among the most beautiful I’ve seen in my life. The UW biomedical community is in for a treat. His groundbreaking discoveries in basic science have shaped a whole new way to approach human biology and disease and continue to generate stunning insights.”
Clevers’ leads a group at the Hubrecht Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research. He is also a professor of molecular genetics at University Medical Center Utrecht and Utrecht University, as well as the Director Research of the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology.
His first lecture, “Wnt, gut stem cells and cancer,” will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, May 20. His second lecture, “Human stem cell-based organoids for disease modelling,” will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. Both lectures will be in the Ebling Symposium Center, Microbial Sciences Building (1550 Linden Drive). Monday’s talk will be followed by a reception in the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building atrium.
All members of the campus community and the public are invited to attend Clevers’ lectures.
His talks are part of the Biochemistry Colloquium’s Steenbock Lectures, funded by the Harry Steenbock Lectureship in Biochemistry and Life Sciences. Steenbock was a highly regarded UW–Madison biochemistry professor who discovered the irradiation process for producing vitamin D.