Dr Philippe BASTIN (Trypanosome Cell Biology Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France) has given a seminar on April 20, 2011 entitled: "Assembly of cilia and flagella: a 500-piece jigsaw".
Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Venue: Seminar Room 7, LG/F, Laboratory Block, Faculty of Medicine Bldg, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Abstract: Cilia and flagella are eukaryotic organelles composed of 9 doublet microtubules and of a specific set of up to 500 structural, matrix and membrane proteins. They play essential functions in cell motility, movement of surrounding fluids, signal detection and morphogenesis. Alterations of the function of cilia and flagella in humans result in various diseases called ciliopathies. The presentation will discuss the mode of assembly of such complex organelles that implies coordinate expression, trafficking and polymerisation of so many proteins at a given time and a given space. We will focus on intraflagellar transport, a dynamic system necessary for both construction and maintenance of the flagellum.
Croucher-Pasteur Exchange Programme:
In collaboration with the International Affairs Department of Institut Pasteur and the Croucher Foundation, the Centre is establishing an exchange programme for students and post-doctoral fellows resident in Hong Kong in order to strengthen the scientific collaboration between Hong Kong and France. A 2 to 3 year scholarship covering travel, living and university registration expenses will be available for students and post-doctoral fellows resident in Hong Kong wishing to perform research work in laboratories of Institut Pasteur Paris. A lecture series of Pasteur scientists is organised to enable Hong Kong students to meet personally principal investigators from Institut Pasteur, know their scientific work and prospects of pursuing scientific work in their laboratories.