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Upcoming Event: Noted Clinical Pathologist and Reproductive Specialist Opens Distinguished Lecture Series

By NIEHS
September 2006

Martin M. Matzuk
Professor Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine)

NIEHS opens its 2006-07 Distinguished Lecture Series with a talk by Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D., on "Genetic Dissection of Ovarian Cancer and Fertility Pathways." Hosted by Dr. William Schrader of NIEHS, the lecture is scheduled for 11:00 AM September 12 in the Rodbell Conference Center. Matzuk's talk will be the first of nine in the annual series of lectures by clinical and basic scientists who are each leaders in their respective fields.

Matzuk holds the Stuart A. Wallace Chair and is Professor of Pathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. He earned his B.A. with Honors from the University of Chicago in 1982 and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989. After completing residency training in Clinical Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty at Baylor in 1991. Currently, Matzuk serves as Director of Clinical Chemistry and Co-Director of Diagnostic Immunology at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston.

Matzuk has co-authored more than 200 scientific articles. His research focuses on the critical proteins involved in normal and abnormal reproductive development. By deleting or over-expressing genes in mice, his laboratory has elucidated the roles played by these gene products in normal reproductive function, female and male infertility, and ovarian cancer. Matzuk has received many honors for his research, including the Ernst Knobil Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, the Bruce Stewart Memorial Award Lecturer for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the HypoCCS Award from Eli Lilly. He also is the recipient of the 1996 Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award from the Endocrine Society, the 2002 SSR Research Award from the Society for the Study of Reproduction and the 2002 Pfizer Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Society for Investigative Pathology.

He has been Co-director of Baylor's Medical Scientist Training Program since 1995, and he serves on many national and international advisory boards and review panels. His NIEHS Distinguished Lecture promises to be an exciting event for regional scientists, not only those who share an interest in his research specialty, but also for those whose interests extend to other areas dealing with genetic modeling of human disease in animals.



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