Stanley Dagley Lectureship Series


Stanley Dagley was Regents Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. Known for his luminary teaching, Professor Dagley was also highly regarded for his research on microbial oxidation reactions. Dagley first studied microbial biochemistry from a thermodynamics standpoint with Chemistry Nobel Laureate Sir Cyril Hinshelwood at Oxford. He started his professorial career at the University of Leeds prior to his distinguished tenure at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Stanley Dagley inspired a legion of scientists to investigate novel and exotic microbial biochemistry using simple, but elegant, biochemical logic. Some of those he inspired have initiated the Stanley Dagley Lectureship.

Stanley Dagley, Regents Professor of Biochemistry, BMBB faculty 1970-1987

2022: Dr. Daniel Herschlag

From structure-function to ensemble-function: A needed paradigm shift
  • Professor of Biochemistry
  • Stanford University; Stanford, California

2021: Dr. David R. Liu

Base Editing and Prime Editing: GenomeEditing Without Double-Strand Breaks
  • Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Harvard University; Boston, MA
  • Title: Base Editing and Prime Editing: GenomeEditing Without Double-Strand Breaks

2020: Dr. Jon Clardy

Chasing Molecules and Mechanisms in the Gut Microbiome
  • Harvard Medical School
  • Hsien Wu and Daisy Yen Wu Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology






Dr. Craig A. Townsend
Alsoph H. Corwin Professor of Chemistry

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

New Insights into Enediyne Antitumor Antibiotic Biosynthesis

Dr. Patricia C. Babbitt

Professor of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Science

University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Evolution of new enzymes from privileged ancestral scaffolds

Dr. Andrew D. Ellington

Fraser Professor of Biochemistry, Center for Systems and Synthetic Biology,

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Feedback loops in directed evolution


Dr. Christina Smolke

Professor of Bioengineering, Schools of Engineering & Medicine,

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Synthetic biology platforms for natural product biosynthesis and discovery


Dr. Donald Hilvert

Professor of Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH), Swizerland

Nearer to nature: design and optimization of artificial enzymes

Self-assembling, subercharged protein containers


Dr. Pamela Silver
Elliot T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Biology is the technology of this century

Designing biological systems for health and sustainability


Dr. Dan S. Tawfik
Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry, The Weizmann Institute of Sciences, Rehovolt, Israel

Promiscuity, noise and the divergence of new protein functions

The ongoing expansion of protein sequence space


Dr. Frances H. Arnold (Nobel Laureate)

Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering & Biochemistry, California Institute of Technology


Design by evolution: engineering biology in the 21st century

Enzyme engineering by structure-guided recombination


Dr. Jack Szostak (Nobel Laureate)
Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

The Origin of Cellular Life

Towards Self-Replicating Genetic Polymers


Dr. John Roth
University of California, Davis, CA

A molecular view of natural selection: Understanding high-speed adaptation.

Pathways of genetic change: Three stories about gene copy number changes.


Dr. Stephen Withers
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Sugars are good for you: their roles as therapeutics.

Engineering and evolution of old enzymes for new tasks: glycoside assembly.


Dr. Gregory A. Petsko
Brandeis University; Waltham, MA
(Adjunct Professor, Harvard Medical School)

Structural Enzymology in Four Dimensions: Time-Resolved Crystal Structures of Enzymes At Work.

The Next Epidemic: What Happens To Your Brain As You Get Older and What We're Trying To Do About It.


Dr. Peter G. Schultz
The Scripps research Institute, La Jolla, CA

An expanding genetic code.

Synthesis at the interface of chemistry and biology.


Dr. Perry Frey
University of Wisconsin, Madison

A story of hydrogen bonding: The low-barrier hydrogen bond in chymotrypsin.

Science and Antiscience.


Sir David Hopwood
John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

The discovery and development of antibiotics.

Using Streptomyces genes to make new antibiotics.


Dr. Rolf Thauer
Max Plank Institute, Germany

On Methanogens and Methanotrophs.

Biochemistry of Methanogenesis.


Dr. Arthur Kornberg (Nobel Laureate)
Stanford University School of Medicine

Reflections on DNA Replication and Current Studies on Inorganic Polyphosphate.

Biotechnology: Academia and/or Business.


Dr. Daniel Koshland, Jr.
University of California, Berkeley

Propagation of Conformational Changes in Receptors and Enzymes.

Scientific Advances: What Will We be Able To Do and What Will We Be Allowed To Do?