The William J. Larsen Distinguished Lecture Series
About William J. Larsen, Ph.D.
William J. Larsen, Ph.D. was a gifted scientist, consistently producing research at the forefront of cell, developmental and reproductive biology. Early in his career, he published a landmark paper that conclusively established mitochondrial fission as the mechanism of mitochondrial biogenesis. He went on to become the first to demonstrate the endocytosis of gap junctions. Moreover, his work on the hormonal regulation of gap junction formation and growth culminated in an authoritative review article in Tissue and Cell "Structural Diversity of Gap Junctions (1988)", which became a Citation Classic. Throughout his career, his sixty-seven peer-reviewed publications; not to mention numerous invited reviews, abstracts and book chapters, covered a wide range of research areas including adrenal cortical tumor cells, human ovarian carcinomas, preterm labor, cumulus expansion, oocyte maturation, ovulation, folliculogenesis and in vitro fertilization.
In addition to his many contributions to basic research, Bill Larsen loved to teach and was much appreciated by his students. His exceptional ability was reflected in the four teaching awards he received as a professor at the University of Cincinnati. Notably, he was the author of Human Embryology, a textbook for medical students that was the first to incorporate modern experimental research into a subject that had traditionally been taught in a strictly descriptive style. On its initial publication in 1998, it was hailed as "a magnificent book . . ." by the European Medical Journal. With the release of the fourth edition in 2008, the book was renamed Larsen's Human Embryology in recognition of Dr. Larsen's place as the originator of this revolutionary text.
This annual seminar takes place to honor Dr. Larsen's memory. Each year, the invited speaker is a leader in the field of developmental biology. The details of the next lecture are as follows:
May 19, 2022
Yang Shi, Ph.D.
Professor of Epigenetics
Ludwig Cancer Research Center, University of Oxford
Past Larsen Lecturers:
March 25, 2021
Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D.
Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine
Medicine/Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center,
Weill Cornell Medicine, New York City, New York
March 28, 2019
Beth Levine, M.D.
Charles Cameron Sprague Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science
UT Southwestern Medical Center
September 13, 2018
Benjamin G. Neel, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center
NYU Langone Health
March 9, 2017
Joan S. Brugge, Ph.D.
Department of Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School
May 19, 2016
Stephen J. Weiss, M.D.
Upjohn Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
University of Michigan
February 19, 2015
David C. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
February 13, 2014
Roel Nusse, Ph.D.
Virginia & Daniel K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research
Professor of Developmental Biology
California Institute of Technology
Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
January 24, 2013
Eric Wieschaus, Ph.D.
Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology
Nobel Laureate/HHMI Investigator
November 3, 2011
Allan C. Spradling, Ph.D.
Director, Department of Embryology
Carnegie Institution of Washington
Zena Werb, PhD 2010
Denise J. Montell, PhD 2009
Gail Martin, PhD 2007
Donald Brown, MD 2006
Judith Kimble, PhD 2005
Rudolf Jaenisch, MD 2004
Edward De Robertis, MD/PhD 2003
Igor Dawid, PhD 2002
Sir John Gurdon, PhD 2001
Christopher Wyle, PhD 2000