McClintock Lectures

Women are far less likely to be invited to speak on their research by academic institutes and universities than men; CSHL is no exception. These opportunities are critical for garnering recognition in the scientific community, for establishing collaborations, and for career advancement more generally.

In order to address the lack of female speaker invitations being extended by our own institution, WiSE successfully petitioned the CSHL administration to establish the Barbara McClintock lecture series in 2015. This initiative secures two slots each year (out of ~15 total for CSHL) for WiSE to co-host lectures from rising female stars in academia.

The McClintock Lecture Series honors the legacy of CSHL scientist and Nobel Laureate, Barbara McClintock. McClintock was a brilliant and accomplished scientist who revolutionized the study of genetics and made the groundbreaking discovery of “jumping genes” – now known as transposons. She remains the only woman to have ever received an unshared Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Her strength, perseverance, and endless curiosity allowed her to succeed in science at a time when very few women were welcome in the field worldwide.


Photo: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Miriam Merad

Professor in Cancer Immunology and Director of the Precision Immunology Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai School

March 4th, 2021


Photo: Harvard Medical School

Joan Brugge

Louise Foote Pfeiffer Professor of Cell Biology and the Director of the Ludwig Center at Harvard Medical School

March 18th, 2021

Past McClintock Lectures:

Angelika Amon

Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research at MIT; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute December 5, 2019 Austrian-American cell biologist Angelika Amon received a 2019 Breakthrough Award in Life Sciences (the so-called “Oscars” of the science world with the added bonus of $3 million) for her work on chromosomal segregation. DNA in our…

Ana C. Anderson

Photo Credit: Ana C. Anderson Lab, Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Associate Scientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and core faculty member of the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases. February 28, 2019 On February 28, 2019, we had the honor of…

Elaine Fuchs

Photo Credit : HHMI, Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at the Rockefeller University December 13, 2018, we had the honor of hosting cell biologist Elaine Fuchs as a McClintock lecturer. Fuchs was born and raised in Illinois and earned a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois (where,…

Caroline Dean

Professor and Project Leader at John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK Cellular and developmental biologist Caroline Dean studies the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms by which external temperature regulates the timing of plant reproduction, increasingly relevant with global climate change affecting crop production. Her work has led to important insights into chromatin regulation and evolutionary adaptation…

Kristi S. Anseth

Photos Credit: Jue X. Wang, Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Colorado, Boulder January 11, 2018 On January 11, we hosted biochemical engineer Dr. Kristi S. Anseth as our first McClintock lecturer of 2018. In her position as Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Associate Faculty Director of…

Carol Greider

Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Dr. Greider’s lab is focused on understanding telomerase and cellular and organismal consequences of telomere dysfunction. To examine telomere function, her lab uses biochemistry assays, yeast, and mice. Carol discovered the enzyme telomerase in 1984, and was awarded  the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine, along…

Leslie Vosshall

HHMI Investigator, Professor, Rockefeller University The Vosshall lab studies how complex behaviors are controlled by cues from the environment and modulated by internal physiological state.  Working with Drosophila Melanogaster flies, mosquitoes and human subjects, Dr. Vosshall’s research yielded new knowledge about how sensory stimuli are processed and perceived.To learn more about her research:…

Ann Graybiel

Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT February 2nd, 2016 On February 2, 2016 WiSE hosted Dr. Ann Graybiel as the first McClintock Lecturer! Ann Graybiel studies the basal ganglia, forebrain structures that are profoundly important for normal brain function but are also implicated in Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addiction. Graybiel’s…

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