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Release: Oct. 9, 2002

UI hosts distinguished biochemist as Ida Beam Lecturer Oct. 23-24

Many of the strategies and approaches used to analyze the human genome were originally developed to analyze the genome of a much simpler organism, baker's yeast. One of the pioneers of that research on the yeast genome will visit the University of Iowa campus later this month to give a public lecture and to meet with students and faculty. André Goffeau, Ph.D., internationally renowned biochemist and recently retired "Professor Extraordinaire" of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Oct. 23-24.

His free, public lecture, "The Contribution of Yeast to Human Genomics" will be presented at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24 in the South Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. An informal question and answer session will follow his presentation. Goffeau will discuss the profound influence the science of genomics has had on today's biological sciences. He also will highlight the long-term prospects of using genomics to develop novel medical applications.

Goffeau also is scheduled to present a research seminar, "Multiple Drug Resistance in Yeast," noon, Wednesday, Oct. 23, Room 5-669, Bowen Science Building.

Goffeau is a pioneer in the analysis of genomes of eukaryotes, which are organisms containing chromosomes organized into a nucleus. Humans as well as yeast and plants are eukaryotic organisms. Goffeau initiated, coordinated and directed the sequencing of baker's yeast, the first eukaryotic organism to be completely sequenced. The work was conducted in laboratories in Belgium, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan.

Goffeau is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and of the National Academies of Belgium, France and Brazil. He has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and medals including Prix Quinquenal Jean Maisin du FRNS (Belgium), the Hansen Gold Medal (Denmark), the Gold Medals from the Universities of Wroclaw (Poland) and Charles V (Czech Republic), and an honorary degree from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris).

Goffeau's visit is supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, this program has brought hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists to the UI campus.

Other UI sponsors for Goffeau's visit are the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and the UI department of physiology and biophysics.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the department of physiology and biophysics at 335-7801.

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