The Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate of the University of California invites you to attend the 109th annual Martin Meyerson Berkeley Faculty Research Lectures.

David H. Raulet

Distinguished Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology
Esther and Wendy Schekman Chair in Cancer Biology
Faculty Director, Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative

“Not All Killers Are Bad: How Natural Killer Cells Protect You from Cancer”

Thursday, April 7
4—5 p.m.
Chevron Auditorium, International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue

Watch Professor Raulet's Lecture

David Raulet's research addresses how the immune system recognizes and responds to cancer cells and virus-infected cells. While his early work focused on T lymphocytes, current research emphasizes another immune cell, the natural killer cell. Related to T cells, natural killer cells employ completely different strategies to attack cancerous and infected cells. Raulet has uncovered keys to their capacity for recognizing and destroying many types of cancer cells. Nonetheless, natural killer cells often fail to become activated, or get rendered inactive, in patients with cancer. Raulet’s recent work aims to understand the mechanism behind cell activation and devise therapeutic approaches that mobilize natural killer cells to eliminate cancers. Recognized with many awards for his scientific contributions, Raulet was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2019 and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Immunologists.

Timothy Hampton

Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and French

“Cheerfulness and the Fate of Reading”

Monday, April 11
4—5 p.m.
Chevron Auditorium, International House
2299 Piedmont Avenue

Watch Professor Hampton's Lecture

Timothy Hampton is Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California at Berkeley, where he also directs the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities. Hampton has written widely about literature, politics, and culture across several languages and centuries. Among his publications are Fictions of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe (Cornell University Press, 2010), Bob Dylan: How the Songs Work (Zone Books, 2019), and Cheerfulness: A Literary and Cultural History (Zone Books, 2022). In 2013, he was recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award, Berkeley's highest award for teaching excellence. He writes about poetry, music, and education at https://www.timothyhampton.org.


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