School of Molecular Sciences

Eyring Lectures in Chemistry and Biochemistry

The Eyring Lectures in Chemistry and Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary distinguished lecturer series dedicated to stimulating discussions by renowned scientists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. Each lecture series consists of a lead-off presentation to help communicate the excitement and challenge of this central science to the University and community, followed by a more specialized colloquium to help bring the audience to the scientific frontiers of the topics under discussion. Speakers will be scholars in residence in the Department during their lecture series and will be available for informal discussions with faculty, students, and other interested individuals.

The Eyring Lectures in Chemistry and Biochemistry bears the name of our colleague LeRoy Eyring, Regents' Professor of Chemistry, whose extraordinary instructional and research accomplishments and professional leadership at Arizona State University helped to bring the School of Molecular Sciences into international prominence.


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Eyring Lecturer Fall 2019

Steven Boxer

Camille Dreyfus Professor of Chemistry
Stanford University

November 14 and 15, 2019
  • General Lecture
    GFP - the Green Revolution Continues
    Thursday, 11/14/2019
    6:30 PM, PSH-153

  • Technical Presentation
    Electric Fields and Enzyme Catalysis
    Fridays, 11/15/2019
    1:30 PM, in Biodesign B (BDB) Auditorium B105
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Eyring Lecturer Spring 2019

Dean Emily Carter
Princeton University

March 21, 2019
  • General Lecture
    "Sustainable Energy Materials from First Principles "
    Thursday, March 21, 2019
    6:30 PM, PSH-153
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Eyring Lecturer Fall 2018

Sunney Xie
Harvard University & Peking University Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

October 24 and 25, 2018
  • Technical Presentation
    "Stimulated Raman Scattering Microscopy: Seeing the Invisible in Biology and Medicine"
    Wednesday, 10/24/2018
    3:30 PM
    Biodesign Auditorium BDB105

  • General Lecture
    "Life at the Single Molecule Level: From Single Molecule Enzymology to Single Cell Genomics"
    Thursday, 10/25/2018
    6:30 PM, PSH-153

Eyring Lecturer Spring 2018

David Baker
Professor of Biochemistry
Head of the Institute for Protein Design
Department of Chemistry
University of Washington

March 29 and 30, 2018
  • General Lecture
    "The Coming of Age of De Novo Protein Design"
    Thursday, 3/29/2018
    6:30 PM, PSH-150

  • Technical Presentation
    "Recent Advances in Olefin Metathesis by Molybdenum and Tungsten Catalysts"
    3:40 PM, PSH-151

Eyring Lecturer Fall 2017

Richard Royce Schrock
F G Keyes Professor of Chemistry
MIT Chemistry

October 19 and 20, 2017
  • General Lecture
    "A Discovery and a Nobel Prize 30 years Later";
    Thursday, 10/19/2017
    6:30 PM, PSH-150

  • Technical Presentation
    "Recent Advances in Olefin Metathesis by Molybdenum and Tungsten Catalysts"
    3:40 PM, PSH-151

Eyring Lecturer Spring 2017

Gerhard Wagner
Harvard Medical School Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

April 13 and 14, 2017
  • General Lecture
    "Solution NMR: from a Chemist's Tool to Solving Protein";
    Thursday, 4/13/2017
    6:30 PM, PSH-150

  • Technical Presentation
    "Engineering Phospholipid Nanodiscs for Membrane Protein Studies"
    3:40 PM, PSH-151

Eyring Lecturer Fall 2016

Nobel Laureate Thomas R. Cech
Distinguished Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Director, University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1989
  • National Medal of Science, 1995

November 3 and 4, 2016
  • General Lecture
    "The Long Road to Precision Medicine: How Mutations Activate an “Immortality Gene” and Help Drive Cancer"
    Thursday, 11/03/2016
    6:30 PM, PSH-150

  • Technical Presentation
    "LncRNAs, Histone Modification, and Epigenetic Silencing in Cancer"
    Friday, 11/04/2016
    3:40 PM, PSH-151
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Eyring Lecturer Fall 2015

Cynthia J. Burrows
Distinguished Professor, Thatcher Presidential Endowed Chair of Biological Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, The University of Utah

November 5 and 6, 2015
  • General Lecture
    "Peering into the Dark Matter of DNA: Structures and Functions beyond Watson & Crick"
    Thursday, 11/5/2015
    6:30 PM, PSH-151

  • Technical Presentation
    “Single-Molecule Analysis of the Effects of Oxidative Stress on G:C-rich Sequences in DNA”
    Friday, 11/6/2015
    3:40 PM, PSH-151

Eyring Lecturer Spring 2015

Tobin J. Marks
Vladimir N. Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Chemistry, Materials Research Center, and the Argonne-Northwestern Solar Research Center, Northwestern University

February 12 and 13, 2015
  • General Lecture
    " Interface Science of Plastic Solar Cells"
    Thursday, 2/12/2015
    6:30 PM, PSH-150

  • Technical Presentation
    "Thermochemically Leveraged Strategies for Biofeedstock Catalysis"
    Friday, 2/13/2015
    3:40 PM, PSH-151

Eyring Lecturer Fall 2014
Peter G. Schultz
Professor of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
November 13 and 14, 2014
  • General Lecture
    "An Expanding Genetic Code"
    Thursday, 11/13/2014
    6:30 PM, PSH-152

  • Technical Presentation
    "A Chemist's Foray into Translational Research"
    Friday, 11/14/2014
    3:40 PM, PSH-151


Eyring Lecturer Spring 2014
Richard P. Van Duyne
Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor in the Applied Physics program at Northwestern University
Feb 20 & Feb 21, 2014
  • General Lecture
    “Molecular Plasmonics: Nanoscale Spectroscopy and Sensing"
    Thursday, 2/20/2014
    7:30 PM, PSH-151

  • Technical Presentation
    “New Tools for the Study of Single Molecule Chemistry at the Atomic Length Scale and Femtosecond Time Scale”
    Friday, 2/21/2014
    3:40 PM, PSH-151
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Eyring Lecturer Fall 2013
Carolyn Bertozzi
Department of Chemistry, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley
Oct 31 & Nov 1st, 2013
    Illuminating Sugars: The "dark matter" of the cell surface
    Thursday, October 31, 2013
    7:30 p.m., PSH-151

    Bioorthogonal Chemistry: An enabling tool for biology and drug development
    Friday, November 1, 2013
    3:40 p.m., PSH-151

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Eyring Lecturer Spring 2013
Geri Richmond
Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor,
Department of Chemistry , University of Oregon
Feb 7 & 8, 2013
    At the Water’s Edge:
    Understanding Environmentally Important Processes at Aqueous Surfaces
    Thursday, February 7, 2013
    7:30 p.m., PSH-152

    Line ‘Em All Up:
    Macromolecular and Nanoparticle Assembly at Liquid Surfaces
    Friday, February 8, 2013
    11:30 a.m., PSH-152

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Eyring Lecturer Fall 2012
Carl Lineberger
E. U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado, Boulder
November 8 & 9, 2012
    Anion Chemistry Research, and How it Led to “A Look Inside the World of Science and Technology Policy”.
    Thursday, 11/8/2012 7:30 PM, PS H151

    Molecular Reaction Dynamics in Time and Frequency Domains: A Wonderful Playground for Collaboration between Experiment and Theory
    Friday, 11/9/2012 3:40 PM, PS H151

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Eyring Lecturer Spring 2012
Kendall N. Houk
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
January 26 & 27
    "Designing New Enzymes"
    Thursday, January 26 7:30 p.m., PS H-150

    "Dynamics, Mechanisms and Applications of Cycloadditions"
    Friday, January 27 3:30 p.m., PS H-151

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