Origins of Life and Evolution of Living Organisms

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 6pm - 9:30pm

Location: Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine

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---Dinner tickets are $18 at the door and are based on availability---

This month, AIAP Lecture Series session is dedicated to Origins of Life and Evolution of Living Organisms by Dr. Saba Valadkhan.
Once again join us in AIAP Lecture Series where you can network, meet new people and see old friends while enjoying fine Persian food and attend an educational lecture on an interesting topic.

  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm - Dinner 
  • 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm - Networking 
  • 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm - Annoucements 
  • 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm - Lecture and Q&A
"Findings from the Human Genome Project have changed the way we think about biology, especially the biology of more complex organisms such as ourselves. With the discovery of the "dark matter of the genome", our views of how complex organisms work, how complexity evolved and how life itself evolved on the planet have drastically changed. These new findings not only affect the way we think about our bodies and the future of health care, but also about our place in the world and the current crises we face as a species.  "

چگونه زندگی در کره زمین پدید آمد؟ بهترین پاسخی که دانش کنونی بشر به این سوال میدهد پدیدار شدن اولین فرم زندگی در کره زمین بصورت مولکول های " آر ان ای" است. این مولکول های قدیمی که ۴ میلیارد سال پیش در کره زمین زندگی را آغاز کردند هنوز در بدن همه موجودات زنده نقش بسیار مهمی بازی میکنند. دنبال کردن مسیر تکاملی این مولکول ها نه فقط دید دانشمندان را در باره معنی بنیادی زندگی دگرگون کرده است، بلکه در رفتار شناسی بشر و دیگر موجودات زنده هم اثر مهمی دارد. شناخت بیشتر از ژنوم انسان، که با پژوهش های جدید به دست آماده است، بیش از پیش این تصویر جدید را گسترش میدهد.
Dr. Saba Valadkhan was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. She attended medical school at the Iran University of Medical Sciences from 1989 to 1996 and in 1993 placed fourth in the country in the nationwide Basic Sciences Medical Board Exam. She moved to the United States in 1996 to attend graduate school at Columbia University, New York. There she studied the role of small nuclear RNAs in the human spliceosome under the supervision of Prof. James Manley. While at Columbia University she received awards for both teaching and research. 
Her thesis was recognized with a Harold Weintraub award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In 2004 she joined the RNA Center in Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as an assistant professor and was named a Searle Scholar the same year. In 2005, she was selected by the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the recepient of the 2004 Young Scientist Award grand prize. Saba became a founding member of the Rosalind Franklin Society in 2006.  

Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine, 5911 Balboa Avenue  
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 278-7770
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If you have any questions for Dr. Valadkhan, or about the event you can send them to or call (858)-869-5397

We look forward to seeing you.

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at 10:33am on Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Thank you for the enlightening and informative lecture. I especially found Dr. Saba Valadkhan's emphasis on scientific method and the process of discovering knowledge in a rarional, methodical manner very important. Doroud.

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