Institute for Integrative Genome Biology

Nobel Laureate Launches IIGB Series!

Andrew Fire, recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, will launch the 2013 IIGB seminar series with a presentation on Friday, 2/22/13 at noon in the Genomics Auditorium titled: "Dynamics of antibody and small RNAs populations: tracking adaptive immune responses through effector repertoires."

Andrew Fire received his training at UC Berkeley (Mathematics BA: 1975-78), MIT (Biology PhD: 1978-83), and the Medical Research Council Laboratory in Cambridge UK (Postdoctoral: 1983-86).

From 1986 to 2003, Dr. Fire was on the staff of the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of Embryology in Baltimore Maryland. During his time in Baltimore, Dr. Fire assumed the position of Adjunct Professor of Biology at Johns Hopkins University. In 2003, Dr. Fire joined the faculty of the Departments of Pathology and Genetics at Stanford
University School of Medicine.  

Fire is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors and the NIH's National Center for Biotechnology. He has received and shared numerous awards, including the Maryland Distinguished Young Scientist Award, Meyenburg Prize, Genetics Society of America Medal, National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, Passano Family Foundation Award, Wiley Prize, H.P. Heineken Prize in Biochemistry and Biophysics, Warren Triennial Prize, Rosenstiel Award, Gairdner Award, Massry Prize and Ehrlich/Darmstaedter Prize. In 2006, the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine was awarded to Andrew Z. Fire and Craig C. Mello “for their discovery of RNA interference”.

Currently, the focus of the Fire Lab is directed toward the mechanisms by which cells and organisms respond to genetic change.  In particular, they strive to obtain a molecular understanding of the RNAi machinery and its roles in the cell. Substantial current effort in the lab is also directed at the identification of other triggers and mechanisms used in the recognition and response to foreign information.

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