AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Oliver Smithies, Weatherspoon Eminent Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Nobel Prize recipient, is the 2012 Virendra B. Mahesh Lecturer at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University.
Smithies, who helped develop methods to strategically modify mice genes, enabling development of animal models for human disease, will discuss “On Being a Scientist for 60 Years” at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 10 in Room 1222 of the Health Sciences Building.
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He shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Mario R. Capecchi and Martin J. Evans. The two-time recipient of the Gairdner Foundation Award for outstanding medical discoveries also received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the 2003 Wolf Prize in Medicine.
The Mahesh lectureship, established in 2001 by the MCG Department of Physiology to bring leaders in endocrinology to campus, honors Mahesh, Chair Emeritus of the department.