Peter H. Seeberger, associate professor of chemistry, will present this year's Sigma Xi lecture, "Automated Synthesis of Complex Sugars: Tools for Biomedicine Beyond Genomics." His talk, which is free and open to the MIT community, will be on Tuesday, May 17 at 8:30pm in the Student Center's Twenty Chimneys.
Professor Seeberger's research is focused on elucidating the structure and function of complex oligosaccharides involved in a host of biological processes of medical relevance by employing molecular tools created by synthetic chemistry.
His lecture will be preceded by the annual initiation dinner for newly elected members of the MIT chapter of Sigma Xi, founded in 1886 as a scientific-research counterpart to honor societies such as Phi Beta Kappa. Anyone wishing to join Professor Seeberger and the new members for the dinner beforehand should contact Professor Linn Hobbs, MIT chapter president, at x3-6835. The cost is $17.50.
MIT's annual Sigma Xi lecture highlights a rising faculty member whose research has had a particularly notable impact.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 9, 2001.