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February 20, 2019

Fan Lecture Series to feature University of Chicago expert on molecular engineering

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Jeffrey A. Hubbell, professor at the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and 1982 graduate of Kansas State University in chemical engineering, will be the featured speaker for the L.T. Fan Lecture Series at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in 1109 Engineering Hall.

Hubbell, the Eugene Bell professor in tissue engineering and member of the committee on immunology at the University of Chicago, will present "Turning Immunity On and Off," in which he will discuss use of biomaterials and protein engineering approaches to investigate topics in regenerative medicine and immunotherapeutics.

Before his post in Chicago, Hubbell was on the faculty of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne where he served as director of the Institute of Bioengineering and dean of the School of Life Sciences, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich and University of Zurich, the California Institute of Technology and the University of Texas, Austin. He was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2010, the National Academy of Inventors in 2014 and the National Academy of Medicine in 2019. He holds a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Rice University.

The L.T. Fan Lectureship in Chemical Engineering was established in 2000 to bring preeminent individuals in chemical engineering or related fields to speak at K-State. The late L.T. Fan was a university distinguished professor, served as head of the department of chemical engineering at K-State for 30 years, launched the doctoral program in the department and is credited with modernizing the chemical engineering curriculum.