Membrane Traffic Processes and the Connection to Parkinson’s Disease

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Winter 2-24-2021


eukaryotic cells, Parkinson's Disease

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Dr. Randy Schekman is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Among his awards are the Gairdner International Award, the Albert Lasker Award in Basic Medical Research, and the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, shared with James Rothman and Thomas Südhof for “discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells." Schekman’s group does exquisite experimental work to learn about the mechanisms of vesicular traffic in the secretory pathway in eukaryotic cells. He currently leads an effort with major philanthropic support to identify and fund basic research on the mechanisms of Parkinson’s Disease initiation and progression (https:// parkinsonsroadmap.org), which he will discuss in this talk. He attended UCLA for a BA in molecular biology, spending his junior year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His Ph.D. in biochemistry is from Stanford.