Prof. Howard Riezman -"New technologies to study lipid homeostasis and function"
Oct 25, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
|Where||Tigem Auditorium "Vesuvius"|
|Contact Name||Andrea Ballabio and Antonella De Matteis|
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Howard Riezman was trained in the United States and Switzerland as a biochemist working with bacteria, plants and yeast driven by a keen interest in membrane biogenesis. In 1983, he started an independent laboratory at the ISREC in Lausanne undertaking pioneering studies on the endocytic pathway in yeast. He received a call as full professor at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel in 1987 where he continued his work on endocytosis and began studying GPI-anchored protein biosynthesis and traffic. He is well known for the discovery of roles of actin, receptor ubiquitination, and sphingolipids in membrane trafficking. In 2002 he moved to the Biochemistry department of the University of Geneva. He continues working on membranes, but the emphasis of his research is to understand the metabolism and function of lipids in yeast, worm and animal models using a wide variety of techniques including biochemistry, genetics, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, mass spectrometry, modeling, and chemical biology.
Howard Riezman was elected member of EMBO in 1997 and has served as department chairman in both Basel and Geneva. He has served on the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for 8 years and was a member of the Foundation Council of the SNSF for 6 years. His work has received generous funding from the SNSF since 1983, as well as from the HFSPO, EU and ESF. He has been awarded the directorship of a National Center for Competence in Research (NCCR) in Chemical Biology by the Federal Department of the Interior in 2010