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Sylvia M. Stoesser Lecture in Chemistry

Sylvia M. Stoesser Lecture in Chemistry

Event Type
Department of Chemistry
116 RAL
Mar 6, 2024   3:00 - 4:00 pm  
Dr. Beyza Bulutoglu
Amanda Ramey
Originating Calendar
SCS - Major Named Lectures and Symposia

The Stoesser Lecture in Chemistry is held every year in honor of Dr. Sylvia Stoesser, an early pioneer for women in chemistry and features an individual that is making outstanding contributions to science outside of academia. The Stoesser Lecture Planning Committee has selected Dr. Beyza Bulutoglu – Principal Scientist at Genetech as the speaker for the 2024 Stoesser Lecture in Chemistry. Her talk is entitled "Turning the Wheel of Protein Engineering for Biotechnology Applications". Light refreshments will be provided.

Beyza Bulutoglu, Ph.D., pursued her master’s studies in Biomedical Engineering at Yale University followed by Ph.D. studies in Chemical Engineering at Columbia University. Following her postdoctoral appointment at the Center for Engineering in Medicine & Surgery, in affiliation with Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, she joined the Protein Chemistry Department within the Drug Discovery Organization at Genentech as a Principal Scientist.

Her graduate work focused on application-oriented protein engineering, where she engineered various domains, including enzymes and stimulus-responsive peptides, to serve as building blocks in biotechnology applications. She was awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship during her postdoc and conducted studies in the areas of synthetic biology, protein engineering, and tissue engineering. At Genentech, she leads a protein engineering group focusing on the design and application of different modalities to discover and develop new therapies for patients.

Dr. Bulutoglu Selected Publications:
Activation of the Interleukin-18 Signaling Pathway via Direct Receptor Dimerization in the Absence of Interleukin-18
Combinatorial Use of Therapeutic ELP-Based Micelle Particles in Tissue Engineering
Engineering interferons and interleukins for cancer immunotherapy

For more information about the Stoesser poster session, please visit: Sylvia M. Stoesser Poster Session

Register here to attend the lecture and/or poster session: Stoesser Lecture Registration

This lecture is made possible by support from the Dr. Yulan C. Tong Stoesser Lecture Endowment Fund.

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