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Mechanism of RNA Splicing by the Splicesome
Prof Yigong Shi, University Professor, Tsinghua University; Founding Dean of Westlake Institute for Advanced Study
Date : 19 Mar 2018 (Monday)
Time : 10:00 - 11:00 am
Venue : IAS Lecture Theater, Lo Ka Chung Building, Lee Shau Kee Campus, HKUST
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About the speaker

Prof Yigong Shi received his Bachelor’s Degree with highest honor from Tsinghua University in 1989 and PhD in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1995. Following a two-year postdoctoral research period at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he joined Princeton University as an Assistant Professor in 1998 and became Full Professor in 2003. He was named Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology in 2007. He returned to Tsinghua University in 2008 as a University Professor and served as Vice President during 2015-2018. He is also the Founding Dean of the Westlake Institute for Advanced Study.

Prof Shi’s research provided important insights into programmed cell death and regulated intramembrane proteolysis. His pioneering research on caspase activation, inhibition, and derepression markedly advanced mechanistic understanding of programmed cell death.

Being a world leader in structural biology, Prof Shi was elected an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, and of the European Molecular Biology Organization. He received the Future Science Prize Life Science Award (2017), the Nature Award for Mentoring in Science (2015), the Gregori Aminoff Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (2014), the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics (2010), and the Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award from the Protein Society (2003).


For attendees’ attention


  The lecture is free and open to all. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
  Light refreshments will be served from 9:30 to 10:00 am.



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