Skip to main content
Intellect

Nobel laureate Mario Capecchi to give pair of lectures Jan. 24

At Seventh Annual Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Lecture on Biotechnology

Nobel laureate Mario Capecchi, Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics and Biology and co-chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, will deliver the Seventh Annual Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen Lecture on Biotechnology at Brigham Young University Friday, Jan. 24.

The lecture will be presented in two sessions. The technical presentation — “Gene Targeting into the 21st Century: Mouse Models of Human Diseases from Cancer to Neuropsychiatric Disorders” — will be given in W112 Ezra Taft Benson Building at 2 p.m. The general session — “The Making of a Scientist: An Unlikely Journey” — will be presented in the Joseph Smith Building Auditorium at 4 p.m.

Admission to both lectures is free, and the public is welcome.

Capecchi was born in Verona, Italy in 1937. After his mother was arrested and sent to the Dachau concentration camp during World War II, he lived on the streets for the next four years until they were reunited as he lay dying of malnutrition in a hospital. After moving to the United States, Capecchi began school for the first time at age 9.

The Harvard-trained Capecchi is best known for his pioneering work on the development of gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells. This technology allows scientists to create mice with mutations in any desired gene. His pioneering work on gene targeting set a new standard for research worldwide and holds possibilities for cures for a wide variety of human diseases.

He has won many awards, including the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine with Oliver Smithies and Martin Evans, the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research, the Wolf Prize in Medicine and the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology.

The lecture is sponsored by the BYU Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Chemical Engineering.

For more information, contact Peggy Erickson, pbericks@chem.byu.edu, 801.422.6269. 

Writer: Brett Lee

CapecchiHiRes-1.jpg

Related Articles

data-content-type="article"

BYU engineers etch entirety of The Book of Mormon on a microchip wafer

September 29, 2022
A group of innovative BYU students from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department found a way to etch the entire text of The Book of Mormon onto a thin silicon disc (called a wafer in the electronics world) that can fit in the palm of your hand.


overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

BYU quiz bowl brainiacs compete on NBC’s Capital One College Bowl

September 27, 2022
Years of studying, hours of watching Jeopardy, and a general love of learning have landed three Brigham Young University students on a nationally televised stage this fall as they showcase their trivia chops on season two of NBC’s “Capital One College Bowl.”
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
data-content-type="article"

It just makes cents: BYU study shows children need hands-on experience to learn financial responsibility

September 22, 2022
Children who are given opportunities to manage money when they're young are more likely to be financially responsible as they enter adulthood, says a new study from BYU.
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText= overrideTextAlignment=
overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=