Hans Ris Seminar 2016: New horizons in C. elegans anatomy

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm

H.F. Deluca Forum, Discovery Building
David Hall, Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“New Horizons in C. elegans Anatomy”
H.F. Deluca Forum, Discovery Building


David Hall has studied the detailed anatomy of the model animal Caenorhabditis elegans using electron microscopy for over forty years. He is co-author of the C. elegans Atlas and his laboratory is funded by the National Institutes of Health to develop online resources for the C. elegans research community, including: www.wormatlas.org. Using this animal model, Hall has been instrumental in the field of connectomics, and in the discovery of genes for axon guidance and transport of synaptic vesicles. More recently he has explored the process of aging, and performed structural studies of sensors required for perception of light touch, harsh touch, and temperature. 


Professor Hans Ris (1914-2004) University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor of Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1949-2004
IMR and LOCI 1984-2004

Founder of American Society of Cell Biology 1960
National Academy of Sciences 1974
E.B. Wilson Award 1993

Human chromosome electron micrograph by Hans Ris for The Scientist

The Hans Ris Seminar Series honors American cytologist and pioneer electron microscopist Dr. Hans Ris (1914-2004), Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Integrated Microscopy Resource (IMR) from 1969 until 1984.  Ris oversaw the installation of one of the nation's first high-voltage electron microscopes while at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The microscope was housed at LOCI, formerly the High Voltage Electron Microscope Facility. Ris's studies of chromosome structure revealed the importance of non-histone proteins, and alongside colleague Lynn Margulis, Ris was one of the first to recognize that blue-green algae were a type of bacteria. Ris was a founding member of the American Society of Cell Biology and received the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Microscopy Society of America in 1983.  Ris remained Emeritus Investigator of the IMR until his death in 2004, and is remembered for the integrity of his scientific career by his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his dedication as a husband and father by his family.

Hans Ris Seminar Series Featured Speakers:

2012: Dr. Mark E. Ellisman, PhD; UC San Diego
2013: Thomas Müller-Reichert, PhD; Technische Universität Dresden
2014: Dr. Wah Chiu, PhD; Baylor College of Medicine
2015: Dr. Kent McDonald; UC Berkeley
2016: Professor David Hall; Albert Einstein College