Zewail Lecture features Dr. James A. Spudich of Stanford University
Wayne State University's 2013 Ahmed H. Zewail Lecture was held in the College of Engineering's Marvin I. Danto Engineering Development Center on Tuesday, Sept. 10. This year’s presenter was Professor James A. Spudich, the Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Cardiovascular Disease in the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Spudich is best known for his trailblazing investigations of the molecular motors that drive skeletal muscle contractions and heartbeats, enable cells to divide and power patrolling immune cells through our tissues. Current clinical trials of several drugs based on Spudich's understanding of exactly how muscles contract offer hope for people prone to heart failure, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and perhaps even the frailties of old age.