April 20, 2007

Worcester, MA - Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Allan C. Spradling, PhD, will deliver the 2007 M.C. Chang Distinguished Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Medical School at 4 p.m. on April 25, 2007. A pioneer and major innovator in the areas of genetics, chromosome structure, egg development and stem cell research, Dr. Spradling is also Director of the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Baltimore; Adjunct Professor of Biology at the Johns Hopkins University; and Adjunct Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His presentation is entitled, "Using Drosophila to Model Mammalian Tissue Regulation." The lecture will be presented in the Arthur and Martha Pappas Amphitheatre (Amphitheatre I).

Dr. Spradling earned his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Chicago and his doctorate in cell biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His postdoctoral study was done at Indiana University with Anthony Mahowald. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received many honors for his work. 

The M. C. Chang Distinguished Lectures are supported by the M. C. Chang Memorial Fund. Created in 1991 following the death of Dr. Chang, this permanent endowment was established at the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research to honor Dr. Chang's pioneering contributions to the study of reproductive biology and early development, including co-discovery of the birth control pill. 

Affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1997, the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research has built a reputation as one of the leading biomedical research institutes in the country, and has achieved international recognition for its contributions to biology and medicine. 

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