PULLMAN, Wash. — “Knowing Where You Are and Where You’ve Been: How Bacteria Sense and Remember” is the topic of biochemistry professor Gerald Hazelbauer’s Feb. 25 Washington State University Distinguished Faculty Address.
The 7:30 p.m. public talk is planned for Webster Physical Sciences Building Room 16.
Hazelbauer, chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, studies how organisms sense their environment and are able to take appropriate action when stimulated.
“Living things all sense and respond,” the award-winning scientist said. “This involves creating, storing and comparing information.”
He will discuss his work investigating these fundamental processes in a simple organism.
Hazelbauer is a world authority on sensory transduction in bacteria. He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years.
A member of the WSU faculty since 1981, Hazelbauer is also the director of WSU’s Biotechnology Training Program. The program has been funded for 10 years by the NIH and involves 20 doctoral students and 25 training faculty from four WSU colleges and six degree programs.
Hazelbauer has received a number of special awards and fellowships. He was both a National Science Foundation and a Muscular Dystrophy Association postdoctoral fellow in Paris, and a Sloan Fellow while at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. He has received both the prestigious McKnight Neuroscience Development Award and an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award. In 1996 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.
The Distinguished Faculty Address series honors a WSU faculty member by inviting the individual to address the community on a topic related to his/her academic work. Hazelbauer is the 65th faculty member selected for the honor since it began as the Invited Address series in 1958.