The Tay Hayashi Endowed Lecture – “Strange Tails – Adventures in Virus Discovery”

Date(s) - 07/01/2013
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Lillie Auditorium

Joseph Derisi

SPEAKER:   Dr. Joseph Derisi, HHMI Investigator, Vice-Chair and Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco, and currently holds the Gordon Tomkins Chair of Biochemistry and Biophysics


The Tay Hayashi Lectureship in Cell Physiology was established to pay tribute to a scientist who holds a special place in the hearts and minds of his friends, colleagues, and students. Teru Hayashi, known by all with affection as “Tay,” needs little introduction at the MBL. As research mentor, professor, and chairman at Columbia University and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Tay had a profound influence on his field and on budding researchers for more than 50 years. His work on actin remains fundamental to current research, and includes the first quantitative demonstration of the contribution of actin to myosin-based tension development in vitro, and the discovery of “barbed end” actin assembly.

Tay first conducted summer research at the MBL as a graduate student in 1938. He later joined the world-renowned MBL muscle motility group, ultimately playing a vital role in the Laboratory’s institutional growth and development. Moreover, as noted by a dear friend, “his tremendous contributions to tennis, poker, naughty songs, and fishing are legendary.” In short, Tay was the embodiment of the spirit of the Woods Hole community, and of the scientific achievement and intellectual freedom synonymous with the MBL. Today we celebrate and remember that lifelong achievement, precious freedom, and indomitable spirit with the Tay Hayashi Lecture in Cell Physiology.

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