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Associate Professor Petr Draber of the distinguished Institute of Molecular Genetics (IMG) in Prague, Czech Republic, will be lecturing in King Saud University’s Biochemistry Department October 14,15 and 16, 2012.  Dr. Draber will lecture each morning beginning at 9 AM in Building 5, Hall 35AA.

KSU’s Protein Research Chair (PRC) is hosting this lecture series as a part of its strategic plan and vision to develop a world-class research program for protein studies. Dr. Draber will lecture on topics closely related to the Chair’s specialty, protein research, which is helping solve many mysteries involving disease and the maintenance of good health that are linked to proteins and their action within human cells. The PRC is in the Department of Biochemistry, the College of Sciences.

King Saud UniversityProfessor Draber has authored or co-authored many articles covering topics such as: the detection of low concentrations of cytokines and other proteins in complex biological fluids; the STIM1-directed reorganization of microtubules in activated mast cells; the transmembrane adaptor protein NTAL (non-T-cell activation linker); the Vacuolin-1 modulated exocytosis; and cell resealing in mast cells, and many others.

Professor Draber earned his Doctor of Science degree from Charles University in Prague.  He is the Deputy Director for Science at IMG, and is also the Group Leader in the Laboratory of Signal Transduction.

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