Omaha, NE – Professor Kevan M. Shokat, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California at San Francisco, will speak at the inaugural Streck Award Lecture on May 12 at the Department of Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His topic will be, “Non-traditional Chemical Strategies for Targeting Traditional Targets in Cancer and Neurodegeneration.” The lecture will be at 3:30 p.m. at 112 Hamilton Hall on the UNL campus.

The Streck Award Lecture is a Nebraska industry and university partnership between Streck and UNL Department of Chemistry to bring a leader in the area of clinical chemistry/chemical biology to the state.

Shokat is a pioneer in the development of chemical methods for investigating cellular signal transduction pathways, with a particular focus on protein kinases and lipid kinases. He uses a combination of chemical synthesis and protein engineering to create uniquely traceable and regulatable kinases, allowing the function of more than 100 different kinases to be uncovered across all disease areas including oncology, metabolism and infectious disease.

The program will feature opening remarks from Professor David B. Berkowitz, Chair, Department of Chemistry, UNL, and Streck Award presentation by Bradford A. Hunsley, Director of Research & Development at Streck. Shokat will be introduced by Professor Cliff Stains, Department of Chemistry, UNL.

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