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Tsoo King Memorial Lecture and Seminars

Tsoo King standing

This lecture series honors Dr. Tsoo E. King, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State from 1950-1968. Dr. King was an internationally respected scientist with significant contributions in bioenergetics and protein chemistry.

Dr. King received his Master’s degree in 1947 and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Oregon State University in 1949 under the Mentorship of Dr. Vernon H. Cheldelin.

The Tsoo King lectures are free and open to the public, and include a public interest lecture and reception as well as a scientific lecture.

Join us for our next Tsoo King Memorial Lecture

2023-24 - Information coming soon

Previous lectures

Dr. Sara Imari Walker

On March 13th 2024, the Biochemistry and Biophysics department was proud to host Dr. Sara Imari Walker from Arizona State University for the distinguished Tsoo King Memorial Lecture. Held annually, this lecture series honors the legacy of Dr. Tsoo King, a former BB faculty member whose work profoundly impacted the scientific community. Dr. Walker, an esteemed astrobiologist, delivered a thought-provoking presentation on "Life as No One Knows It," engaging the audience with the profound enigmas surrounding life’s origins and its existence beyond our planet.

In her lecture, Dr. Walker challenged traditional definitions of life and highlighted the necessity for radical approaches to understand and contextualize life beyond the biochemical framework that exists on Earth. She introduced the cutting-edge 'assembly theory', a novel framework designed to define life through universal physical laws, applicable to both terrestrial and extraterrestrial life forms. This theory suggests innovative methods for experimentally detecting and studying alien life in laboratory settings.

Dr. Walker was also excited to share insights from her upcoming book, also titled "Life as No One Knows It," which promises to expand on the ideas discussed and explore the implications of her theories in greater depth.

The audience, a mix of students and faculty, was thoroughly captivated, leaving the lecture inspired by the potential of astrobiological research to redefine our understanding of life. Dr. Walker’s discussion underscored Oregon State University's commitment to nurturing scientific inquiry that pushes the boundaries of traditional disciplines and explores new frontiers in science, continuing the visionary spirit of Dr. Tsoo King.

Dr. Michael Eisen

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology

"Paywalls and Peer Review: Scientists Squandered The Potential of Internet to Communicate With The Public and How to Fix it" – Public lecture, February 27, 2019

"Live imaging of transcription and transcription factors in Drosophila development" – Scientific lecture, February 27, 2019

Dr. Eric Schreiter

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus

"How To See What We Are Thinking" – Public lecture, November 29, 2016

"Permanent Marking and Selective Manipulation of Active Neurons" – Scientific lecture, November 30, 2016

Dr. Peter Walter

University of California, San Francisco, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

"From Protein Folding to Cognition: the Serendipitous Path of Discovery" – Scientific lecture, April 13, 2016

"A Matter of Balance: How Your Cells Cope with Stress" – Public lecture, April 14, 2016

Dr. Ed Chapman

Department of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin

"New Wrinkles in Botox Use - Traveling Into the Brain" – Public lecture, November 18, 2014

New Insights into Excitation - Secretion Coupling" – Scientific lecture, November 19, 2014

Dr. Angela Gronenborn

Department of Structural Biology, University of Pittsburgh

"The Art of Border Crossing: Reflections on the Future Practice of Science" – October 22, 2013