Schwartz Lecture

The Schwartz Lectureship was endowed by The Barry S. Strauch and Evelyn M. Strauch Foundation in honor of the late Dr. Irving L. Schwartz (1918-2011), the founding Chair of the former Department of Physiology, and the first Dean of the Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biological Sciences. The Schwartz Lectures are given annually by preeminent scientists in Structural and Chemical Biology to champion Dr. Schwartz’s vision in molecule-based research to the understanding of human physiology and disease. If you’re interested in joining the mailing list for the Lectureship in the future, please contact

Year Lecture

“Viral Noncoding RNAs: Approaching Answers”
Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Howard Hughes Medical Institute


"The Coming of Age of De Novo Protein Design"
David Baker, Ph.D.
University of Washington
Howard Hughes Medical Institute


"Shedding Some Light on the Dark Matter of the Genomic University
Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D.
University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

* The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1989
2017 “Cancer Drug Discovery Using Fragment-Based Methods and Structure-Based Design
Stephen W. Fesik, Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2016 "CRISPR Biology and Genome Engineering Biotechnology"
Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.
University of California, Berkeley
Hughes Medical Institute
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
* The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

"Structure-based Insights into Activities of Transmembrane Channels and Enzymes"
Wayne A. Hendrickson, Ph.D.
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

New York Structural Biology Center

"Ribisome and tRNA Dynamics During the Elongation Cycle"
Joachim Frank, Ph.D.
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

* The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017

"Millisecond-Long Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Proteins on a Special-Purpose Machine"
David E. Shaw, Ph.D.
D.E. Shaw Research
Columbia University

2012 "Cell Regulation by Phosphorylation, Ubiquitylation and  SUMOylation"
Tony Hunter, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
2011 "Using Insights from Chemical Genetics to Design New Therapeutics for the Treatment of Cancer"
Kevan Shokat, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2010 "Discoveries Through the Computational Microscope"
Klaus Schulten, Ph.D.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2009 "Life, Death and Translocation: Transcriptional Cycles and the Molecular Logic of Nuclear Receptor-Dependent Tumor Translocations"
Michael G. Rosenfeld, M.D.
University of California, San Diego
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2008 "Small-Molecule Probe and Drug Discovery"
Stuart L. Schreiber, Ph.D.
Harvard University
The Broad Institute of Harvard & MIT

"Protein NMR in Structural Biology and Structural Genomics"
Kurt Wuthrich, Ph.D.
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
* The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2002

 2006  "Chromatin and Transcription"
Roger Kornberg, Ph.D.
Stanford University School of Medicine
* The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2006
 2005 "Structural Biology of Viral Entry Into Cells"
Stephen C. Harrison, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School 
 2000 "Pathogenesis and Prediction of Diabetes: Lessons from Integrative Physiology"
Richard N. Bergman, Ph.D.
University of Southern California 
1998 Third Schwartz Lecture
Wayne L. Hubbell, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California at Los Angeles
1995 "Reliable Brains from Unreliable Neurons"
Charles F. Stevens, M.D., Ph.D.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

"How Hearing Happens: Frequently Tuning, and Synaptic Transmission by Hair Cells of the Internal Ear"
Albert J. Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Texas
Southwestern Medical Center