The department hosted the 37th Robert E. Olson lecture in May. This year’s speaker was Bertil Hille, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington. His research has focused on ion channels with an emphasis on cell signaling and the molecular mechanisms of the cell signaling network.
His autobiographical talk covered several themes, including the nature of science and pursuing a career in science, developing a concept of ion channels over 50 years ago, and discussion of more recent thinking about the dynamic signaling roles of phosphoinositide phospholipids for ion channels and cells. In addition to the lecture, Dr. Hille had lunch with students and postdocs, and had meetings with faculty members.