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Levine to present as part of Distinguished Lecture Series

The Carver College of Medicine’s 2013-2014 Distinguished Biomedical Lecture Series continues Thursday, November 21 with Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and professor of internal medicine and microbiology, Beth Levine. Levine’s talk, “Autophagy: Regulation, Physiological Functions, and Roles in Disease,” is co-sponsored by the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics and will be held at 4:00 pm in Prem Sahai Auditorium (1110 MERF).

Beth Levine, MD earned a degree from Brown University before going on to receive her medical degree from Cornell University and a residency in internal medicine. Then, at Johns Hopkins University, she pursued postdoctoral training in infectious diseases and the neurobiology of viral pathogens.

Today, Levine is the Charles Cameron Sprague Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as well as a professor of internal medicine and microbiology. She has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator since 2008.

Autophagy is the main focus at Levine’s Laboratory. It is through this study that the team seeks to improve the treatment of a wide range of diseases including cancer. They were the first to discover the Beclin 1 protein, which plays an important role in preventing cancers and different types of infections.

Levine is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Physicians and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her work has also earned her many awards including the 31st Mallinckrodt Scholar Award in 1999, Outstanding Achievement and Contributions to Cancer Research from the American Cancer Society in 2003 and the Ellison Medical Foundation Senior Scholars Award in 2004.

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Media Contact: Benji McElroy, UI Carver College of Medicine, benjamin-mcelroy@uiowa.edu