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[Genspace Talks] Dr. Marc Zimmer: Illuminating Diseases

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Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)

[Genspace Talks] Dr. Marc Zimmer: Illuminating Diseases

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Illuminating Diseases 
A Talk by Dr. Marc Zimmer

When: Saturday, January 26,  2012,  3pm 
Doors open at 2:30pm

Where: Genspace, The MEx Building
33 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11217
 
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Green Fluorescent Protein

Dr. Marc Zimmer was born in a small town in South Africa. He wanted to be a game warden when he grew-up,   but his mother wanted him to be a medical doctor. Although his handwriting is worthy of prescription pads he went to university with the intent of becoming game ranger. However,   his dreams of looking after herds of elephants were terminated by an introductory botany course,   which he failed. Fortunately he discovered the joy and fascination of playing with molecules. This resulted in a change in majors from biology to chemistry. Partly out of interest and partly out of a need to avoid the South African (apartheid) military service he came to the United States,   where he got his Ph.D. in chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and did his post-doc at Yale University. He has been at Connecticut College for the last 20 years where he teaches chemistry and studies the proteins involved in producing light in jellyfish and fireflies. He has written a book about Green Fluorescent Protein. Marc has published research papers about cow flatulence,   computational chemistry and bioluminescence in fireflies and jellyfish. 


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Genspace, The MEx Building
33 Flatbush Avenue
7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EST)


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Genspace

Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting culture, innovation and education in molecular biology for both children and adults. We work inside and outside of traditional settings,  providing a safe,  supportive environment for training and mentoring in biotechnology. In the summer of 2010,  we built the first-ever community laboratory,  a facility where we design workshops,  train students and innovate new technologies. As a membership-based community lab,  we offer New Yorkers the opportunity to work on their own projects in a safe,  Biosafety level 1 facility.

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