Education & Training

The Life and Legacy of Barbara McClintock

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 3 PM - 6 PM ET

Join us for a mini-symposium reflecting on Barbara McClintock’s background and scientific contributions over her illustrious career.

Dr. McClintock’s numerous breakthrough discoveries such as meiotic chromosome crossovers and the relationship to recombination of genetic traits, the existence of chromosomal rearrangements, and the breakage-fusion-bridge cycle, led her to be only the third woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1944. Her discovery of mobile genetic elements earned her the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine when she was 81 years old.

This event begins with a fireside-style chat reflecting on Dr. McClintock’s life, followed by a scientific symposium featuring presentations from five scientists, including two young investigators, who represent different aspects of Dr. McClintock’s legacy, with topics ranging from transposition and genome rearrangements to epigenetics.

MSK staff are encouraged to attend in person in RRL auditorium. The symposium will also be live-streamed. Register here for Zoom link.

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021

Time: 3 pm to 6 pm ET

Location: In person (RRL auditorium) or Zoom. Register here for link.


3 pm to 4 pm: Barbara McClintock Reflection

Molly Gale Hammell, PhD
Simons Center for Quantitative Biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Lee Kass, PhD
School of Integrative Plant Science
Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
Cornell University

Roundtable discussion - all participants 


4 pm to 6 pm: Scientific Symposium

Shelley Berger, PhD
Daniel S. Och University Professor
Departments of Cell & Developmental Biology; Biology; Genetics;
Director, Epigenetics Institute
Co-leader, Tumor Biology Program, Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania
“Epigenetic regulation of complex behavior in ant societies”

Rachel Cosby, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Macfarlan lab
National Institutes of General Medical Sciences/NIH
“Recurrent evolution of vertebrate transcription factors via transposase capture”

Molly Gale Hammell, PhD
Simons Center for Quantitative Biology
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
“Retrotransposon reactivation in neurodegenerative disease”

Luz Jubierre, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Kentsis lab
Memorial Sloan Kettering
“PGBD5 DNA transposase induces DNA damage in the brain and is required for its correct development”

Laura Landweber, PhD 
Professor and Vice-Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Columbia University
“Oxytricha as a model for genome rearrangement”


Molly Hammell

Molly Gale Hammell, PhD


Rachel Crosby

Rachel Crosby, PhD

Laura Landweber

Laura Landweber, PhD


Shelley Berger

Shelley Berger, PhD

Luz Jubierre

Luz Jubierre, PhD


Lee Kass

Lee Kass, PhD

Organizers and Sponsor

Corina Amor Vegas
Corina Amor Vegas

Graduate Student

Yanyang Chen
Yanyang Chen

Research Technician

Inés Fernández Maestre
Inés Fernández Maestre

GSK Graduate Student

Maria Jasin
Maria Jasin

Member, Developmental Biology

Brianna Naizir
Brianna Naizir

GSK PhD student

Ushma Neill
Ushma Neill

Vice President, Scientific Education & Training

Triparna Sen, PhD
Triparna Sen

Assistant Attending/Lab Co-Director

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