February 5, 2018
Jonathan V. Sweedler
The Texas Tech University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences will host Jonathan V. Sweedler, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for its fourth Purnendu K. “Sandy” Dasgupta Lecture Series starting Wednesday (Feb. 7).
Sweedler is the director of the School of Chemical Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well as being the editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry journal. Sweedler’s research focuses on developing new approaches for assaying small volume samples and applying those methods to study interactions between cells.
As a part of the series, Sweedler will give two lectures, a general audience lecture and a technical lecture, describing the studying of cell-to-cell signaling in the brain and how specific biomolecules are distributed in different areas of the brain.
The general audience lecture, “Understanding the brain a cell at a time: From new measurement tools to new chemical insight,” will unpack the chemical mosaic of the brain and pinpoint key cellular players in a range of physiological and pathological processes. It will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7) in room 49 of the Chemistry building.
The technical lecture, “D-amino acids in our brain: what are they doing and how did they get there,” will cover the results of investigations into the role of these amino acids in the brain. It will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 8) in room 107 of the Chemistry building.
This biennial lecture series began in 2009 in honor of Dasgupta, a former Horn professor of chemistry at Texas Tech from 1981 to 2006. Dasgupta’s former students and colleagues made it possible to organize this lecture series in analytical chemistry.
For more information about the lecture series, visit its website.
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