The Boonshoft School of Medicine & The College of Science+Mathematics

Varandani Lectures

2016 Lecture

Partab T. Varandani Memorial Lecture:
“Neuroendocrine Regulation of Nutrient Metabolism by FGF21”

David Mangelsdorf2 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016
Gandhi Auditorium of White Hall

Guest Speaker: David J. Mangelsdorf, Ph.D.
Alfred G. Gilman Distinguished Chair in Pharmacology, University of Texas Southwest Medical Center
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Member, National Academy of Sciences

Dr. David Mangelsdorf is a leader in the field of nuclear receptors, a family of transcription factors that have universal roles governing transcriptional programs during development, reproduction, and metabolism. These receptors have become important therapeutic targets for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, atherosclerosis, and parasitism.

The Partab T. Varandani Memorial Lecture honors the late Partab T. Varandani, Ph.D., who was professor and chief of the endocrinology section in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology until his death in 1987. Dr. Varandani received the Wright State President's Award for Excellence in Research for 1985–86 and an Outstanding Achievement in Medical Research and Education Award (Senior Faculty) from the Wright State Academy of Medicine in 1985.


Past Lecturers

Sir Paul Nurse, Ph.D.—November 2, 2011
Nobel Laureate, and President of the Royal Society, London

Carol Prives, Ph.D.—November 10, 2010
DaCosta Professor of Biology, Columbia University

Carlo Croce, M.D.—May 14, 2009
The Ohio State University

Gregory A. Petsko, D. Phil.—November 15, 2007
Biochemistry and Chemistry, Brandeis University, Mass.

Paul Lauterbur, Ph.D.—April 7, 2005
University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign

Susan Taylor, Ph.D.—June 4, 2004
University of California—San Diego

Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D.—April 25, 2003
The McGovern Institute of Brain Research, Mass.

James Wang, Ph.D.—April 19, 2002
Harvard University, Mass.

Sir John Walker, D. Phil.—October 8, 2001
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Paul Modrich, Ph.D.—April 20, 2000
Duke University, N.C.

Philip Hanawalt, Ph.D.—April 12, 1999
Stanford University, Calif.

Alfred Gilman, M.D., Ph.D.—April 22, 1998
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Richard Roberts, Ph.D.—April 4, 1997
New England Biolabs, Mass.

George Stark, Ph.D.—May 8, 1996
Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio

Gunter Blobel, M.D., Ph.D.—June 9, 1995
Rockefeller University, N.Y.

Paul Berg, Ph.D.—March 18, 1993
Stanford University, Calif.

Frederic Richards, Ph.D.—March 6, 1992
Yale University, Conn.

Arthur Kornberg, M.D.—May 1, 1991
Stanford University, Calif.

Gottfried Schatz, Ph.D.—January 29, 1989
University of Basel, Switzerland

Rosalyn Yalow, Ph.D.—October 15, 1987
Veterans Administration Hospital, N.Y.