University of Leicester launches lecture series in memory of eminent microbiologist

Posted by es328 at Mar 14, 2017 10:56 AM |
Professor Pascale Cossart will give the first annual Dorothy Jones Lecture on Friday 17 March to showcase successful female scientists

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 14 March 2017

A pioneering cellular microbiologist from the Pasteur Institute in Paris will deliver the inaugural lecture of the University of Leicester’s Dorothy Jones Lecture Series on Friday 17 March 2017 from 12 noon.

Professor Pascale Cossart will deliver the lecture, entitled ‘Listeria monocytogenes: a unique model in biology’.

This lecture series is in memory of Dr Dorothy Jones who joined the University as a Research Biologist in 1965 before becoming a Senior Research Fellow in the Microbiology Department. She was an Honorary University Fellow from her retirement in 1995 until 2009.

Dorothy Jones was an eminent microbiologist who attained national and international esteem as President of the Society of Applied Bacteriology (now the Society for Applied Microbiology) 1989-1991 and Vice President of the UK Federation of Culture Collections 1988-1993.

The lecture is part of the Athena SWAN commitment made by the University of Leicester’s Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation to showcase successful female scientists.

The Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award, which recognises the advancement of gender equality. This level of award acknowledges significant and sustained progression and achievement in promoting gender equality.

Professor Cossart pioneered the field of Cellular Microbiology. Her research has led to a series of new concepts in infection biology but also in fundamental microbiology (in particular RNA biology), in cell biology and also in epigenetics.

After studying Chemistry in France and the USA, Professor Cossart obtained her PhD in Paris in the Institut Pasteur where she still works, heading the Bacteria-Cell Interactions Unit.

Through the United Nations’ 10x10x10 IMPACT initiative, the University of Leicester is one of 10 universities worldwide chosen to partner with the UN to harness the responsibility of men in the gender equality agenda to spread awareness and inspire action to eliminate discrimination against women and girls.

The free lecture is open to graduates, students and staff. No booking is required.

The lecture will take place in the Frank & Katherine May Lecture theatre, Henry Wellcome Building, University of Leicester from 12 noon until 1:00pm. Refreshments will be served in the foyer after the lecture.

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For more information please contact Rebecca Draper on rjs29@le.ac.uk

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