Date(s) - 07/03/2014
9:00 am - 10:00 am
The John Cebra Endowed Lecture
“Order Out of Chaos – How Does Membrane Traffic Help Organize the Cell?”
Sean Munro, Medical Research Council, Laboratory of Molecular Biology
July 3, Lillie Auditorium, 9:00 AM
About the John Cebra Endowed Lecture
Professor John J. Cebra was trained as an immunochemist and protein chemist during the mid-1950s through the 1960s at The Rockefeller University, St. Mary’s Hospital, London, and the Weizmann Institute, Israel. In 1961, he established his own lab in the department of microbiology, University of Florida. During the 1960s he became interested in secretory IgA, and his group established its prevalence as a product of gut plasmablasts and its valid quaternary structure. In the 1970s he and others developed many novel principles concerning the IgA system and its Ab product.
Until his death in 2005, Professor Cebra was a professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania where his group sought to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that led to the development of specific humoral and cellular mucosal immune responses, and the influence of commensal bacteria on mucosal immunity. Professor Cebra directed the MBL Physiology course from 1972 to 1976. He and his wife Ethel traveled abroad extensively to engage students of experimental biology in joint research projects. These visits stimulated continuing collaborative scientific interactions between the Cebra lab and various host laboratories worldwide. Professor Cebra considered his major accomplishment to be assisting in the training of 32 graduate students and many postdoctoral fellows.