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May 27, 2015
6:30 PM
Graduate Reception
Greentree Country Club


May 28, 2015
3:00 PM
Commencement Ceremony

Thesis Defense Seminars

Monday, June 29, 2015
1:00 PM

Thesis Defense
Tynisha Thomas

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
10:00 AM

Thesis Defense Seminar
Catherine Manix Feintuch


Julius Marmur Symposium

Schedule of Events

Monday, March 23, 2015 

  • 9:30 am - Breakfast Reception 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer Bldg.
  • 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Student Presentations & Awards Ceremony, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer Bldg.
  • 2:30 pm4:30 pm - Poster Session and Reception, Lubin Dining Hall

2015 Awardees

Rachel Fremont 

The role of the cerebellum and cerebello-basal ganglia interactions in dystonia  

Mentor: Dr. Kamran Khodakhah (Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience)

Jaime L. Schneider 

Consequences of selective blockage of chaperone-mediated autophagy in vivo  

Mentor: Dr. Ana Maria Cuervo (Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology)

Thomas J. Younts 

Presynaptic forms of long-term plasticity in the mammalian hippocampus  

Mentor: Dr. Pablo Castillo (Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience)

About Dr. Julius Marmur

Julius Marmur is remembered today as one of the founding fathers of molecular biology and for his enthusiasm and dedication to education.

He developed the first method to isolate highly purified and high quality DNA. He was involved in the definitive experiments demonstrating the hybridization of DNA strands and the physical characteristics of DNA annealing. His lifelong commitments to DNA structure, yeast genetics and graduate education are celebrated annually by the Marmur Research Awards. Julius Marmur was a member of the Einstein faculty for thirty-three years.

Born in Poland and educated in Canada, Dr. Marmur moved from McGill University in Canada, to Iowa State, followed by short stays at the NIH, Rockefeller University and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. At Harvard, he collaborated with Paul Doty and Carl L. Schildkraut (currently Professor of Cell Biology here at Einstein) to generate technologies to manipulate and study DNA structure and function. The techniques that Marmur developed emerged as some of the most powerful methods for the study of modern microbial genetics. He and his colleagues developed the cesium chloride gradient method to separate small circular DNAs from genomic DNA. He defined the characteristics of DNA strand separation, renaturation and hybridization. After Harvard, he moved to Brandeis and then to Einstein, as a Professor in the Departments of Biochemistry and Genetics. At Einstein, he pioneered the use of yeast as an organism for genetic and biochemical studies.

Julius Marmur had many additional responsibilities, professional, civic and personal. He was an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, with a deep concern for the welfare and education of his students. He was always available to help students with scientific problems. He would have been particularly pleased to see his name associated with a prize for the most promising young scientists at the Graduate School to which he dedicated so much of his life.

Photo Credit (Scientific Image) - Basic research has shed light (upper-left, white) on the ability of hippocampal CA3 pyramidal cells (center) to encode specific aspects of episodic and spatial memory. Mossy fiber excitatory synaptic input (upper-left, purple and pink) is extremely powerful and causes the neuron to "detonate," firing a barrage of action potentials (bottom-right, blue). The cracked overlay reflects our still incomplete understanding of this process. Neuron filled with fluorescent dye and imaged with 2-photon microscopy provided by Karina Alviña. Electrophysiological responses and original artwork by Thomas J. Younts.


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