David Komander, from the LMB’s Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry Division, will deliver his Lister Prize Lecture, “Specificity in the ubiquitin system”, on Friday 7th June 2013 at 4.00pm.
This prestigious award is given annually by The Lister Institute to three young researchers in the UK to support quality research in the biomedical or related biological sciences. Fellow recipient, Akhilesh Reddy, from the University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories, will also present his Lister Prize Lecture on “Redox oscillations and the circadian clockwork” at the same event, at 3.00pm.
The research in David’s group focuses on a versatile modification of proteins termed ubiquitination, which regulates all aspects of life. Ubiquitination has diverse consequences and regulates, amongst other things, degradation, localisation and activity of its substrates. This versatility is achieved by a variety of different ubiquitin polymers, only few of which are studied in detail. David’s lab aims to reveal cellular roles of unstudied ‘atypical’ ubiquitin polymers. The Lister prize will enable David’s group to study bacterial effectors that will help to define roles of atypical ubiquitin chain types, and may become future drug targets for infectious diseases.
The lectures take place in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre and are open to all interested in attending.