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Dept of Biological Sciences, Lehigh University
HHMI Visiting Scholar
Joseph Thornton, Ph.D.
University of Chicago

Public Lecture

Raising ancient genes
from the dead:
evolutionary lessons from
resurrecting ancestral molecules

Monday, April 15th
4:10 p.m.

Lewis Lab
Room #270

Technical Seminar

Evolution of
steroid hormone
receptor structure
and function

Tuesday, April 16th
11:10 a.m.

University Center
Room #308

Joe Thornton is a Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. His laboratory studies the mechanisms by which proteins evolve new functions.

Thornton has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, the Early Career Scientist award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Sloan Foundation Fellowship in Computational and Evolutionary Biology. Before arriving at the University of Chicago, Thornton was a member of the faculty of the University of Oregon.

He earned his PhD in Biological Sciences from Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History in 2000 and his BA from Yale University in English in 1987. Between those degrees, he worked as an environmental activist for Greenpeace and authored the seminal book on global chemical pollution, Pandora's Poison: Chlorine, Health, and a New Environmental Strategy (MIT Press, Cambridge, 2000).

Funding for Dr. Thornton's visit is provided through a grant to Lehigh University
from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute


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