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Lipid Biology Research Group Activities & Training

The Lipid Biology Research Group sponsors a regularly scheduled Journal Club/discussion group (description below) that covers a wide range of topics and is conducted in an interactive, open forum.The group also hosts an active, institute-supported seminar program (schedule below), featuring seminars from world leaders in lipid-related research.

Lipid Group Journal Club
Dates:  2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Time:   12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location:  CHORI Board Rom
Organizer: Vas, Narayanaswami, PhD

Click on Lipid Group Journal Club for 2003-2004 meeting schedule.
The Lipid Group Journal Club meets twice a month to host serious discussions on recent topics related to lipid biology. Speaker assignments rotate through members of the group. Each speaker presents an in-depth analysis on a recent paper of general interest to the lipid community. The presentations are informal with ample time for discussion. Any medium for presentation may be used - chalkboard, over head transparencies, or PowerPoint.

Environment | Facilities | ProgramsIn line with CHORI's mission statement, the Lipid Biology in Health & Disease (LBHD) Research Group seeks to create a conducive environment for the training of lipid biochemists at the post-doctoral and assistant scientist levels. In addition to the strong research programs headed by the principal investigators of the LBHD group, CHORI offers excellent facilities and programs, as well as supportive faculty and staff. CHORI regularly hosts visiting scientists who meet with faculty and trainees for informal scientific discussion, information exchange, and social activities.

CHORI, home to a strong nucleus of investigators working in the area of lipid metabolism, has five independent lipid-related research programs. The Lipid Biology in Health and Disease (LBHD) Research Group has approximately twenty professional staff members at various levels and career stages. The group supports a productive, interactive environment with shared resources and ongoing collaboration. CHORI recognizes research in Lipid Biology in Health and Disease as one of its signature programs. Given the recent major expansion of lipid research facilities at Martin Luther King Jr Plaza, the LBHD group is excited about increasing national and international visibility of their work.
The institute is housed in an ideal geographic location, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, in close proximity to major research universities and convenient commuting distance by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and other public transportation.

CHORI's commitment to research in lipid biology can be seen by its continuing support for acquisition and maintenance of major equipment for advanced research that are available to all qualified CHORI investigators. Recent acquisitions include a Perkin Elmer Model LS50B fluorescence spectrophotometer and an Applied Photophysics stopped flow circular dichroism spectropolarimeter. Existing facilities and equipment include a monolayer balance, a JEOL electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer, three mass spectrometers, and several HPLCs. Each of these key equipment items, as well as state-of-the-art facilities for cell culture, bacteriology, and expression of recombinant proteins, are available for researchers in the lipid group.

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