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February 05, 2004 - February 12, 2004

Spreading Peace through Science and Commerce in Developing Countries

Prof. Richard J. Roberts

Nobel Laureate for Medicine, Beverly

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard J. Roberts is a Nobel Laureate for Medicine and a Research Director at New England Biolabs, Beverly, Massachusetts. He was educated in England, attending the University of Sheffield where he obtained a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1965 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1968. His postdoctoral research was carried out in Professor J.L. Strominger's laboratory at Harvard, where he studied the tRNAs that are involved in the biosynthesis of bacterial cell walls. From 1972 to 1992 he worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, reaching the position of Assistant Director for Research under Dr. J.D. Watson. He began work on the newly discovered Type II restriction enzymes in 1972, and in the next few years more than 100 such enzymes were discovered and characterized in Dr. Robert's laboratory. Dr. Roberts has also been involved in studies of Adenovirus-2 and discovered split genes and mRNA splicing in 1977 for which he received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1993. His laboratory sequenced the 35,937 nucleotide Adenovirus-2 genome and wrote some of the first programs for sequence assembly and analysis. DNA methyltransferases are an area of active research interest and, in collaboration with Dr. X. Cheng, DNA base flipping was discovered in 1993. Dr. Robert’s current interest focuses on the identification of restriction enzyme and methylase genes within the GenBank database and the development of rapid methods to assay their function.

Thursday, February 5, 2004:

16:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at the Asian Institute of Technology: 'Spreading peace through science and commerce in developing countries'

His lecture at AIT will also be LIVE webcasted on

Info and free tickets: Phone (02) 524 6065, Fax (02) 524 5883, E-mail

Friday, February 6, 2004:

09:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Chulalongkorn University: 'The discovery of split genes – Dr. Robert's Nobel Prize winning work'

Info and free tickets: Phone (02) 218 3331-5, Fax (02) 216 1299, E-mail

19:30 Evening talk and dialogue at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand

Info and tickets: Phone (02) 652 0580-1, Fax (02) 652 0582, E-mail

Wednesday, February 11, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Khon Kaen University: 'The discovery of base flipping'

Info and free tickets: Phone/Fax (043) 202 425, E-mail

Thursday, February 12, 2004:

14:00 Keynote speech and dialogue at Chiang Mai University: 'Spreading peace through science and commerce in developing countries'

Info and free tickets: Phone (053) 943 661-5, 224 076 and 941 007, Fax (053) 219 252, 943 666 and 942 666, E-mail and