Roger L. McMacken Jr. Lecture and Award
Roger L. McMacken Jr., PhD, was an expert on DNA replication whose research revealed fundamentally important details about the molecular mechanisms involved in initiating DNA replication, and a leader devoted to mentoring and training new scientists.
Roger joined the School’s Department of Biochemistry faculty in 1976 and was the E.V. McCollum Professor and Chair from 1990 to 2008. Roger’s visionary leadership in expanding and strengthening departmental expertise in molecular and cell biology, an area that included his own work on the bacteriophage lambda, a virus that infects the E. coli bacterium, led to renaming the Department Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2000.
In 2018, the Roger McMacken Scholarship Fund was established by former students and trainees in recognition of his commitment to graduate education. In 2021, to celebrate and continue his legacy, the McMacken family, the Department, and others who Roger impacted, established the Roger L. McMacken, Jr. Lectureship and Award, which supports an annual lecture and an award to an early career BMB researcher studying viral or prokaryotic DNA replication or a related area.
The Inaugural Roger L. McMacken Jr. Lecture
The inaugural Roger L. McMacken Jr. Lecture was held December 9, 2022, and began with a celebration of Roger’s legacy, including remarks from McMacken lab alumni, presentations by the 2022 Roger McMacken Scholarship recipients, and remarks by Roger's family. The 2022 McMacken Lecturer was James Berger, Professor of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry and Director of the Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Watch the whole event below, or follow the links to skip to a specific section.
Photos by Mollye Miller Photography
Inaugural Lecture Program
- Insights From Former Students: Kojo Mensa-Wilmot, PhD ’88 and Robert Jordan, PhD ’93
- McMacken Scholars Introduction
- 2022 McMacken Scholars: Srushti Kittane and Asia Wildeman
- Honoring Roger’s Research: Melissa McMacken, MS and Maria McMacken, MS
- Lecture Introduction
- Building a DNA Copying Machine (Instructions Not Included)
- Closing remarks
Support the Roger L. McMacken Jr. Lectureship and Award
To join us today in supporting Roger’s legacy by making a contribution to the Roger L. McMacken Jr. Lectureship and Award, visit the School’s secure Giving Form, select “Other” from the Gift Designation menu and enter “McMacken Lectureship and Award.” Please contact Reggie Jackson, email@example.com, in the Office of External Affairs with any questions.