Science in Medicine Lecture Series

Call for Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017-2018 Science in Medicine series!


Please see the School of Medicine SOM Call for Nominations Letter for ​details.

Completed nomination forms​ should be sent to Tess Linger ( by 5:00 PM (PST) on Monday, April 3rd, 2017.

​​​​​​The Science in Medicine Lecture Series was officially established in 1976 as a means of recognizing and honoring notable School of Medicine faculty research achievements and providing an opportunity for researchers to be apprised of findings outside of their immediate field. See a complete list of previous Science in Medicine speakers. The series has evolved since its inception and now consists of five lecture categories: Science in Medicine Lectures, New Investigator Lectures, the WWAMI Lecture, the Distinguished Scientist Lecture and the Annual Lecture. The speakers are nominated by members of the UW scientific community and final selection is determined by a committee of peers from the Council on Research and Graduate Education.

New Investigator Lectures

The New Investigator Lectures, initiated in 1988, provide an important forum for the UW School of Medicine to learn about exceptional junior facutlry members' current scientific research.

​Science in Medicine Lectures

Science in Medicine Lecturers are accomplished faculty selected in recognition of their research as well as for a recent exciting discovery.

WWAMI Lecture

Established in 1985, the WWAMI Lecture is given by an affiliate faculty member from one of the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) sites. The WWAMI Lecture provides a valuable opportunity for interaction between the invited speaker and colleagues at the UW School of Medicine.

Distinguished Scientist Lecture

Inaugurated in 1993, the Distinguished Scientist Lecture recognizes an accomplished UW senior scientist for outstanding achievements in his or her field of research.

Annual Lecture

The first Annual Lecture was presented in 1973 and later became incorporated into the official Science in Medicine Series. The Annual Lecture recognizes a prominent, nationally recognized scientist whose research has had a profound impact on his or her field.

2016/17 Science in Medicine Lecture Series

On behalf of the School of Medicine and the Council on Research and Graduate Education, we congratulate the presenting 2016/17 Science in Medicine Lecturers!

For questions regarding the Science in Medicine Lecture Series, please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Education at 206.221.5807 or email​


​October 6, 2016

Justin Kollman

​Justin Kollman, Ph.D.

UW Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Lecture Title: "The Structure and Function of Metabolic Enzyme Filaments"

Date/Time: Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 1-2 PM
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060
University of Washington

​October 26, 2016

Ellen McGough

Ellen McGough, PT, Ph.D.

UW Assistant Professor
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Lecture Title: "Promoting Brain Health in Older Adults"

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | 1-2 PM
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB D-209
University of Washington

​November 17, 2016

Shao-En Ong

Shao-En Ong, Ph.D.

UW Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacology

Lecture Title: "Kinome Analyses in Cancer"
Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 1-2 PM
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060 ​
University of Washington


November 30, 2016

Patrick Stayton

Patrick Stayton, Ph.D.

UW Professor
Department of Bioengineering; Director, Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute

Lecture Title: "Molecular Bioengineering of Biologic Drug Therapies"
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 | 1-2 PM
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB D-209
University of Washington

​January 26, 2017

Valerie Daggett

Valerie Daggett, Ph.D.

UW Professor
Department of Bioengineering       

Lecture Title: "Dynameomics: From Simulation of All Protein Folds to the Design of Amyloid Inhibitors and Diagnostics"​ 
Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 12-1 PM
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB D-209
University of Washington

February 16, 2017

Hans-Peter Kiem

Hans-Peter Kiem, Ph.D.

UW Professor
Medicine/Oncology and Pathology; Endowed Chair for Cell and Gene Therapy, FHCRC

Lecture Title: "Evolving Approaches to Hematopoietic Stem Cell Gene Therapy"
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 12-1 PM
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB D-209
University of Washington


​WWAMI Lecture
March 2, 2017

Craig McGowan

Craig McGowan, Ph.D.

 Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences       
University of Idaho
Lecture Title: "Comparative Approaches to Musculoskeletal Biomechanics: Locomotion in Humans and Other Animals"

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 11:30 AM        
Location: Turner Auditorium | HSB D-209 
University of Washington

​Distinguished Scientist Lecture
April 27, 2017

Benjamin Cravatt

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.

UW Professor
Department of Medicine (Medical Genetics), Department of Genome Sciences
Lecture Title: "Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Gene Discovery to Precision Medicine and Public Health"

Date/Time: April 27, 2017 | 12 - 1 PM
Location: Hogness Auditorium | HSB A-420 
University of Washington

Annual Lecture
May 11, 2017

Helen Lu

Helen Lu, Ph.D.

Department of Biomedical Engineering; Chair, Graduate Studies, Columbia University
Lecture Title: "Engineering Tissue Connectivity via Interface Tissue Engineering"

Date/Time: May 11, 2017 | 11:30 AM
Location: Foege Auditorium | GNOM S-060
University of Washington