Chemistry lecture to focus on cells, proteins

BROOKINGS – Charalampos G. Kalodimos, a distinguished professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences, will deliver Henry A. Lardy Distinguished Lecture in Chemistry at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at the South Dakota Art Museum.

Kalodimos’ research focuses on biological processes like cell signaling, protein translocation and secretion and protein folding. The research adds to knowledge of how cancer cells proliferate and how genetic information is passed on in cells. His Lardy Lecture is titled “Health and Diseases: Exploring the World of Large Protein Machineries.”

Kalodimos graduated from the Curie Institute in Paris, where he received his doctorate in biophysical chemistry.

He has nearly 50 publications and has received several prestigious awards, including the 2016 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Inter-national Prize in the Physical Sciences, the 2013 Stig Sunner Memorial Award, the Protein Society Young Investigator Award and the Biophysical Society Young Investigator Award.

The Lardy Lecture was established thanks to an endowment by Henry Lardy and his wife, Annrita, to bring leaders of chemistry research and education to SDSU.

A native of Roslyn and a 1939 SDSU graduate, Lardy earned a master’s and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He was a world-renowned scientist, primarily known for his work for the artificial insemination of livestock.

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