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A Month of T.H. Morgan

Celebrating Lexington's Nobel Laureate 

This year is the 150th birthday of the Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan, the Department of Biology’s most famous graduate and Lexington’s Nobel Laureate. Originally interested in development, regeneration and embryology, Morgan is most well known for his discovery of sex-linked inheritance and the identity of the chromosome as the location for our genes. He and his students at Columbia University and then the California Institute of Technology went on to discover many details of inheritance, establishing the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as the premier model organism for the study of modern genetics. Morgan received the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine in 1933 for this line of research.

Morgan was also a prolific educator of scientists. Indeed, many, if not most, American geneticists, evolutionary and developmental biologists today can trace their education directly to Thomas Hunt Morgan. Suffice it to say, the scientific and educational legacy of Thomas Hunt Morgan is enormous.

“A MONTH OF T.H. MORGAN” is an event series this fall in 2016 to spread the word about Thomas Hunt Morgan’s life and scientific legacy and to explore the current frontiers in genetics, evolutionary biology, regeneration and genomics. It is an exciting time to be a biologist. Our past is eminent, and our future is bright. We hope you all will join us; we’ll show you something very cool.


Sunday, September 25 @ 6:00 pm -  Film screening of The Fly Room with writer and director, Alexis Gambis

          Dr. Thomas Hunt Morgan House, 210 N. Broadway, Lexington 


Monday, September 26 @ 7:30 pm - Film screening of The Fly Room with writer and director, Alexis Gambis 

         Kentucky Theatre, 214 E. Main St., Lexington 

         *Watch the trailer here:


Thursday, September 29 @ 4:00 pm - Lecture by Dr. Robert Trivers

         The Evolution and Logic of Self-deception

          116 THM Building 


Saturday, October 1, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm – BioBonanza 

            Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building (JSB) - Rose Street

           Click here for more info.

Monday, October 3 @ 2:30 pm - 8th Annual Thomas Hunt Morgan Lecture Series with Dr. Sean B. Carroll 

          Informal Academic Seminar with Q&A

           W.T. Young Auditorium


Monday, October 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8th Annual Thomas Hunt Morgan Lecture Series with Dr. Sean B. Carroll 

           "Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters" (Formal public lecture)

            321 Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building (JSB)


Thursday, October 6 @ 4:00pm - Lecture by Dr. Ricardo Zayas 

          "Stem Cell-based Regeneration and Maintenance of the Nervous System of Planarians"

          116 THM Building


Thursday, October 13 @ 4:00 pm - Lecture by Dr. Garland Allen

          116 THM Building 


Wednesday, October 19 @ 6:30pm - Panel Discussion on "Frontiers in Genetics and Genomics"

          Farish Theater, Lexington Public Library - 140 East Main St., Lexington, KY


Monday, October 24 @ 7:00 pm - Suds and Science Series @ West Sixth Brewery with Dr. Jennifer Simkin 

          "Ready, Set, Regrow! The Legacy of T.H. Morgan and the Future of Organ Regeneration"  

           West Sixth Brewing, 501 W. Sixth St.