Noted researcher to speak at UGA on Nov. 6

Noted researcher to speak at UGA on Nov. 6

Athens, Ga. – James Ihle of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., will present the second annual Marquee Alumnus Seminar in room C127 of the Davison Life Sciences Complex on the University of Georgia campus at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6.

The title of the lecture is “Cotton to Cytokines: It’s all about Exploring Biology” and is open free to the public.

The series highlights recent accomplishments of past advanced-degree recipients from the department of biochemistry and molecular biology at UGA.

Ihle received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from UGA, where he studied under the direction of Leon Dure. He pursued postdoctoral studies at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and subsequently was an independent scientist at the Frederick Cancer Research Center in Frederick, Md.

Ihle currently is chair of the department of biochemistry at St. Jude, holds the Edward F. Barry Endowed Chair in biochemistry and is a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He is the author of more than 300 research publications.

Ihle studies cytokine molecules and how they produce their physiological responses. Cytokines are molecules that transport signals between cells. They also are important for communication between cells and initiating events in cells necessary for proper function.