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Frances H. Arnold: Innovation by Evolution

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3/28/2017 at 4:00PM

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3/28/2017 at 5:00PM

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155 DeBartolo Hall

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Edward Maginn

Edward Maginn

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Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and Department Chair
College of Engineering Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
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Not satisfied with nature’s vast catalytic repertoire, Professor Frances Arnold and a group of researchers has proposed to create new enzymes and expand the space of genetically encoded chemical reactions. In this lecture, Professor Arnold will describe how we can use the most powerful biological design process, evolution, to optimize existing enzymes and invent new ones. Mimicking nature’s evolutionary tricks and using a little chemical intuition, we can generate whole new enzyme families that catalyze important reactions not (yet) known in nature, thereby adding new capabilities to the chemistry of the biological world and increasing the scope of molecules and materials we can build.

Seminar Speaker:

Frances H. Arnold

Frances H. Arnold

California Institute of Technology

Frances Arnold is the Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology, where her work focuses on protein engineering by directed evolution, with applications in energy, chemicals, and medicine.

Dr. Arnold’s awards include the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in Convergence Research (2017), the Millennium Technology Prize (2016), the Eni Prize in Renewable and Nonconventional Energy (2013), and the Charles Stark Draper Prize of the US National Academy of Engineering (2011) for her pioneering innovations in using laboratory evolution to create new enzymes.  She was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 2011 and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014. She has also been elected to membership in all three US National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Prof. Arnold has honorary doctorates from Stockholm University, the ETH Zurich, and the University of Chicago. She chairs the Advisory Panel of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowships in Science and Engineering program and serves as a judge for the Queen Elizabeth Prize in Engineering. 

Frances Arnold holds more than 50 US patents and is active in technology transfer. She co-founded Gevo, Inc. in 2005 to make fuels and chemicals from renewable resources and Provivi, Inc. in 2013 to develop non-toxic modes of agricultural pest control.  She has a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Seminar Sponsors:

This public lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Reilly Lecture Series, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS).

Initiated in 1958, the distinguished Reilly Lectureship at Notre Dame is perhaps the oldest continuing endowed lectureship in chemical and biomolecular engineering in the United States. The lecture series is supported by the Peter C. Reilly Fund, which was established in 1945 in honor of the late Peter C. Reilly, a former University Trustee and recipient of an honorary LLD degree. Each Reilly speaker gives two talks in the lecture series; one for a general audience and a technical talk. The Reilly Lectures now occur annually each spring.

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This public lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Reilly Lecture Series, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS).

Initiated in 1958, the distinguished Reilly Lectureship at Notre Dame is perhaps the oldest continuing endowed lectureship in chemical and biomolecular engineering in the United States. The lecture series is supported by the Peter C. Reilly Fund, which was established in 1945 in honor of the late Peter C. Reilly, a former University Trustee and recipient of an honorary LLD degree. Each Reilly speaker gives two talks in the lecture series; one for a general audience and a technical talk. The Reilly Lectures now occur annually each spring.