Gerard Karsenty. M.D., Ph.D,
Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D,

The McGovern Medical School will welcome Gerard Karsenty, M.D., Ph.D, Paul A. Marks Professor and Chair at Columbia University Medical Center, to campus Feb. 20 as the speaker at this year’s Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture.

Karsenty’s lecture, titled “When Genetics Redefines Physiology,” will be held 4 to 5 p.m. In MSB Room 3.001. Through studying every aspect of skeletal biology, Karsenty’s laboratory deciphered the molecular bases of osteoblast-specific gene expression. That was followed by the identification of an entire cascade of transcription factors regulating osteoblast differentiation and of GM2 as the master gene of parathyroid gland development. Karsenty’s latest work focuses through the definition of all functions of osteocalcin in understanding why bone would be an endocrine organ.

Karsenty received his Bachelor of Science in experimental science from Beauvais in France and his M.D. and Ph.D. in physiology from Paris Medical School in France. He is currently the Paul A. Marks Professor of Genetics and Development and the chair of the Genetics and Development Department at the Columbia University Medical Center. Karsenty is an elected associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the College of CSR Reviewers, NIH and The Association of American Physicians. His awards and honors include The AACE Frontiers in Science Award, the Endocrine Society’s Roy E. Greep Award for Excellence in Basic Science, the ASBMR William F. Neuman Award, and Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Science Award.

The Cheves Smythe Distinguished Lecture was established in 2006 to honor Dr. Cheves Smythe, the first dean of the medical school, who served 1970-75. Smythe skillfully guided the school through its early years with his long-standing commitment to the field of geriatrics and educations and his exemplary standards of leadership.