IRIC welcomed Dr. Tomas Lindahl, Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2015, on Monday, November 29, 2021.
The online lecture, titled “Mutagenic Causes of Cancer”, was be followed by a meeting with Dr. Lindahl.
Dr. Tomas Lindahl
Tomas Lindahl is a Swedish scientist specialising in DNA damage and repair and received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2015.
He received his doctorate and M.D. degree from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. After postdoctoral training at Princeton University and Rockefeller University in the USA, he became a faculty at the Karolinska Institutet and later at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He joined Cancer Research UK in the early 1980s and became the first Director at Cancer Research UK’s Clare Hall Laboratories, Hertfordshire, from 1986 to 2005.
His laboratory characterised different DNA repair pathways in a long-term project to provide a better understanding of the cellular defence mechanisms against damage to the human genome. His work identified base excision repair enzymes and showed how they remove and replace damaged parts of the DNA. These discoveries have increased our understanding of how the living cell works and of the causes of cancer and aging.
He closed his lab at the Clare Hall Laboratories in 2009 but remains an Emeritus Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute, London, UK.
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